“The EV6 marks a new and transformative era in Kia electrification…This innovative crossover leverages the many benefits of its advanced platform to offer a level of technological excitement and convenience that will provide a superb ownership experience.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America
Attraction starts with the eyes, and the new Kia EV6 starts off with a new design from the minds in Seoul, Frankfurt and Irvine, California. Called an “Opposites United” philosophy, the EV6 crossover brings the best of both worlds together once and for all. Over the years, Kia has been experimenting with its signature tiger nose design with a Tiger Face for the front fascia, and the EV6 is a step up with a “Digital Tiger” grille, with no need for a functioning grill to cool down the engine. It still is a front fascia, of course, and headlamps come with a sequential dynamic light pattern to bring it all together. In the rear is a cross-car rear light cluster, and for choices, consumers can get wheel sizes available in 19, 20 or 21-inches.
Behind the new Digital Tiger face is the core of it all – n energy-dense Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack, low-mounted for a low center of gravity and able to power the vehicle with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Available in two sizes – 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh – with a total of 576 horsepower with the 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor, only available with AWD. With its innovative Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) functionality, the EV6 doubles as a portable energy source, providing 1900 watts of power to electrical appliances, devices, tools and recreational equipment thanks to an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU).
Built on an all-new platform, we covered this bad boy a few months ago, and we knew the E-GMP was going to be a game changer even then. Made of 5 percent high-strength steel (HSS) and ultra-high strength steel (UHSS), the EV6 comes with the world’s first mass-produced integrated drive axle (IDA) for improved comfort and control. With an 11kW on-board charger (OBC) for Level 2 recharging from 10-to-100 percent in 7 hours, 10 minutes, the EV6 also comes with the world’s first patented multi-charging system that supports 400v and 800v DC charging and allows for ultra-fast charging. We’re talking 70 miles added in less than 5 minutes and 210-miles (10-to-80 percent) added in under 18 minutes. You can stretch your legs a bit and juice up in no time.
Thanks to a longer wheelbase, the interior cabin is spacious with a flat floor. As eco-friendly on the inside as the powertrain, this electric crossover was made of recycled plastic, uses 100% vegan leather for the upholstery on several trims, and offers 100% LED lighting inside and out. The seats come with a slim design for more leg room in the rear, and cargo space starts at 27.7 cubic-feet behind the 60/40 split-folding second row, and 53.5 cubic-feet with the second row folded down. There is additional storage space for small items in the vehicle’s front trunk, no longer an engine bay taking up space, and a little added convenience for storing items – a Hands-free Smart Power Tailgate.
This is just the beginning of tech. There is so much, we’re going to do a little cover on it next week. The new UVO link alone, being replaced by the “Kia Connect” connected car system. Be on the lookout for all the cool features coming to the Kia EV6 for entertainment and safety. What do you think of the EV6 so far? Join the discussion on Miami Lakes Automall Kia social media.