Kia has finally launched the EV6 electric car in Australia. Using the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and upcoming Genesis GV60, the EV6 is positioned as a sportier alternative to the current set of electric vehicles and uses a 77.4kWh battery pack for up to 528km of range. Priced from $67,990 plus on-road costs, the 2022 Kia EV6 will be available in three specifications for now with up to 239kW/605Nm outputs – the 430kW/740Nm EV6 eGT will arrive locally late this year.
“Local interest in the EV6 has been extraordinary and we are really pleased it is finally here. The EV6 represents the transformation of Kia and where we are heading – a true halo for the brand,” said Kia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith.
Kia has an exciting twelve months ahead, launching a variety of new and improved models including Sorento Hybrid, all-new Niro, the upgraded Seltos and lastly but certainly not least, the performance eGT EV6 in late 2022 or early 2023.”
For now, the 2022 Kia EV6 range will be available in three models: Air RWD, GT-Line RWD and GT-Line AWD. All models use the same 77.4kWh battery pack to give up to 528km of range. RWD models use a 168kW/350Nm electric motor powering just the rear wheels for a 7.3 second 0-100km/h sprint time.
The all-wheel drive EV6 adds a front electric motor for a total of 239kW/605Nm, which enables it to sprint to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds though its range is a lesser 484km.
Charging the EV6’s 77.4kWh battery pack can be done from 10 to 80 per cent in as little as 18 minutes using a 350kW DC fast charger. It measures 4,680mm long, 1,880mm wide, 1,550mm tall and with a 2,900mm long wheelbase, making it a touch larger than its Ioniq 5 cousin.
Standard equipment on the entry-level EV6 Air includes 19-inch alloy wheels, all-LED lighting, auto lights and wipers, heated and auto-folding mirrors, keyless entry and start, dual 12.3-inch displays (infotainment and driver’s dials), wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, digital radio, dual-zone climate control, cloth and leatherette upholstery, an auto-dimming rear mirror and ‘V2L’ vehicle-to-load charging capability.
Safety equipment includes seven airbags (including a front centre unit), auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian, cyclist and intersection assist, lane keep assist with lane follow assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, intelligent speed limit assist, tyre pressure monitoring, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
The top-spec (for now) GT-Line adds larger 20-inch wheels, rear privacy glass and laminated front door glass, artificial leather and suede ‘premium relaxation’ seats, a stainless steel luggage sill cover, ambient lighting with 64 available colours, an augmented reality head-up display, a 14-speaker Meridian sound system, an electric driver’s seat with memory, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, remote smart park assist, a kick-to-open tailgate, blind-spot monitoring cameras and a 360-degree parking camera. The GT-Line AWD also features a sunroof.
Available colours for the EV6 range include ‘Snow White Pearl’, ‘Aurora Black’, ‘Runway Red’ and ‘Yacht Blue’. The Air is also available in ‘Steel Grey’ and ‘Glacier’, while the GT-Line replaces those two offerings with ‘Moonscape’ (grey). The sole interior option is black.
2022 Kia EV6 pricing (plus on-road costs):
Air RWD: $67,990
GT-Line RWD: $74,990
GT-Line AWD: $82,990
The 2022 Kia EV6 goes on sale in Australia in February 2022. Just 500 units are destined for local shores for this year.
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