The 2022 Kia EV6 is the company’s first dedicated EV, and the striking crossover is built on the same Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that will underpin a slew of new Kia EVs. With an expected driving range of 300 miles and quick charging rates thanks to its 800-volt architecture, the EV6 is an example of the expanding choices and capabilities of the latest electric vehicles. It’ll also offer two different batteries, rear- or all-wheel drive, and between 167 and 576 horsepower. The latter applies to the range-topping EV6 GT, which allegedly can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. Judging by the images of the 2022 EV6’s assertive sheet metal and an attractive-looking cabin, it’ll be a lot more interesting to look at and, hopefully, to drive than its unimaginative name suggests.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Available with a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle or an electric motor on both axles, the EV6 can be configured with rear- or all-wheel drive. While all all-wheel-drive models have the larger battery pack and either 313 or 576 total horsepower, the base rear-drive example has a smaller battery and just 167 horses. Opting for the bigger battery boosts the rear-drive EV6’s total system output to 218 horses. Kia estimates the 313-hp version will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Those seeking maximum straight-line performance will appreciate the 576-hp GT, which has an estimated zero-to-60-mph time that’s under 3.5 seconds. Although the EV6 is based on the same platform as its forthcoming fully electric cousin, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Kia is the only one with the performance-oriented powertrain option. When we get a chance to test the EV6, we’ll update this story with test results and driving impressions.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The Kia EV6 offers two battery sizes: a 58.0-kWh and a 77.4-kWh pack. Obviously, the larger of those will provide a longer driving range. Kia estimates the EV6 will provide up to 300 miles of range on a single charge, but we won’t know for sure until official figures are released. Along with an operating voltage of 800 volts, Kia says its battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in under 18 minutes when plugged into a 350-kW fast charger. This same setup is also said to add 70 miles in less than 5 minutes. The 11-kW onboard charger is expected to refill the battery from 10 to 100 percent in 7 hours when hooked up to a Level 2 outlet.
Interior, Passenger Space, and Cargo
Inside, the EV6’s design and layout are not as daring as the outside, but the configuration and features look more attractive and futuristic than any other current Kia model. Although the center console doesn’t slide back and forth and there are no front-seat footrests like there are on the upcoming Ioniq 5, the EV6 mixes high-tech content such as a digitized dashboard with practical elements such as a floating center console with copious storage solutions and a large bin underneath it. Other touches that stand out are the two-tone, two-spoke steering wheel, the prominent start button on the center console, and the gold accents that are tastefully placed throughout the cockpit. The EV6 has a flat floor and a wheelbase as long as the three-row, mid-size Kia Telluride, so passenger space is expected to be generous. There are also 28 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat and 54 cubes total with the rear seatbacks folded flat. There’s more storage space under the front trunk, too.