Kia has launched its all-electric EV6 at a price of Rs 59.95 lakh for the GT line variant, and 64.95 lakh for the GT line AWD variant. The Kia EV6 crossover is limited to 100 models for now, coming into India via the CBU route. Deliveries for the EV6 will commence from September 2022.
We’ve already taken an extensive look at all the nooks and crannies of the EV6, but here’s a brief refresher. The Kia EV6 is based on the company’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which might mean that we could potentially see more affordable options coming our way. Perhaps something Seltos-sized? One can hope, right?
Design-wise, the Kia EV6 sports an aggressive look at the front, which sees the traditional tiger-nose grille being replaced by a smoother front bumper. On top of it sits a pair of sleek LED headlamps with sequential DRLs. At the rear, the entire width of the car is covered by an LED strip, which looks rather neat. The roof slopes downwards giving the crossover a sporty silhouette.
On the inside, Kia’s twin-screen setup takes the centre stage. One acts as an infotainment system, while the other serves as a digital driver’s display. The interiors too are a bit subdued with the minimalistic tone being the theme here. Kia also claims the seats are covered in recycled plastic.
There’s an extensive list of bells and whistles on offer here with level 3 autonomous driving assistance, lane assist, highway driving assist, a safe exit assist and a remote parking assist.
Under the hood, the India-spec Kia EV6 gets two battery pack options: a bigger 77.4kWh long-range option, and a 58kWh one. Kia claims with the aid of a fast charger, the batteries go from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.
Kia will offer the EV6 in two different drive options—a rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel-drive system. The former, which is called GT Line, makes 232hp and 350Nm of torque, with a range of 528km. The latter GT Line AWD, makes 330hp and 605Nm of torque, helping it sprint from 0-100kph in 5.2 seconds. In comparison, the same can be achieved in the RWD in 6.2 seconds.
With a subjectively ‘affordable’ price tag compared to its competitors, we suspect the Kia EV6 might have a successful run in our market. In fact, Kia say that they have received 350 bookings so far but will only introduce 100 units at launch. Currently, it competes against the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Hyundai iONIQ 5.
( Image credits: Kia Motors )