The Kia EV6 is a Luxury EV
The next few years in the auto market are going to see a big change. Electric vehicles (EVs), battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), and even hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (FCEVs), are going to slowly become a more dominant share of inventory. Where there was doubt, there is now surprise and delight. Automakers all over are starting to work on an all-new EV lineup, whereas Kia Corp already has a healthy head start. With the release of the all-electric Kia EV6 , the South Korean automaker eventually brought the EV to the states through Kia America, and we even got to test drive the EV6 at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show . We can tell you one thing for sure – this EV is like a silent killer with all the power of a high performance car but none of the bang. Moreover, many automotive journalists are calling the EV6 a step for Kia Corp into luxury vehicles.
Kia Corp would claim its first launch into the luxury vehicle segment would be with the 2022 Kia Carnival . Called a “multi-purpose vehicle” (MPV), the Carnival looked like a cross between an SUV and a minivan on the outside, and the inside provided a VIP lounge area for passengers with a full recline, raised power footrests, comfortable headrests, and heated and ventilated leather seats. Two dual 12.3-inch displays stretch across the dashboard, one for the instrument cluster, the other for the new Kia Connect infotainment system. A 12-speaker Bose stereo was available for optimum beats. It sure feels like a luxury entry, so what could journalists be talking about when it comes to the EV6? There are some similarities.
Although closer in resemblance to a hatchback, the Kia EV6 has an interior with an SUV-like layout while also seeking influence from a style similar to crossovers that made them such attractive choices in the auto market over the last decade. With a longer wheelbase, the interior cabin is spacious with plenty of leg and headroom, including 27.7 cubic-feet behind the 60/40 split-folding second row, and 53.5 cubic-feet with the second row folded down. Thanks to the deletion of an engine, the hood also offers storage space up front like a trunk. 100-percent vegan leather was used for the upholstery on several trims, 100-percent LED lighting can be seen inside and out.
The EV6 GT-Line AWD is another reason to seek luxury in the EV6. The more powerful version of the model, there are two sizes – 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh – with a total of 576 horsepower generated from the 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor. The GT model is powered by the latter, with all-wheel drive sending power to all four wheels, perfectly balanced, and able to perform with the likes of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat around the race track and handling tight corners with its own flair. Installed with ultra-fast, 350-kilowatt DC chargers that can charge the EV6 from 20-80 percent of its range in a matter of minutes, the EV6 First Edition had even more to offer.
When first released, the EV6 First Edition showed us what the EV6 really has to offer. Based off of the EV6 GT-Line AWD trim, the power source and drivetrain remained the same. Some high-tech features were added to increase the luxury feel of the interior cabin, including an Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, a wide sunroof, illuminated door sills, and a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system. This model also came with 20-inch wheels. Yeah, we can see why journalists are calling the EV6 another luxury entry by Kia Corp. There is plenty of upscale comfort and tech in this all-electric vehicle. Want a test-drive? Find the Kia EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall .