Two weeks in the past, we bought our first take a look at Kia’s new design ethos on its first devoted battery electrical automobile,. Now, on Tuesday, we get to peek beneath that sculpted floor to study in regards to the efficiency, vary and expertise that energy not solely the EV6, however its sport-tuned variant, the EV6 GT.
The EV6 is not Kia’s first electrical automotive, nevertheless it is the primary to be constructed on the Hyundai Group’s Electrical International Modular Platform (E-GMP), alongside the brand new. The EV6 shall be provided with both rear- or all-wheel drive and with the selection of two battery capacities.
On the high of the lineup is the performance-oriented EV6 GT, which comes commonplace with the bigger 77.4-kilowatt-hour Lengthy Vary battery and dual-motor electrical all-wheel drive. Mixed thrust is estimated at 577 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque. Mat the accelerator and the EV6 GT will dash to 62 mph in simply 3.5 seconds and onward to a high pace of 162 mph. Unique to the EV6 GT is an digital limited-slip differential that improves traction and dealing with.
“The GT model of the EV6 demonstrates our technological management by its mixture of excellent high-speed charging and acceleration efficiency like a brilliant sports activities automotive,” Albert Biermann, head of analysis and improvement for Hyundai Motor Group, mentioned in an announcement. OK, “tremendous sports activities automotive” seems like a little bit of a stretch, however Biermann is the mastermind behind the, and different efficiency hits. With that monitor document, we’re inclined to at the least take discover if he says the EV6 is that good.
The bottom EV6 and the sport-styled EV6 GT-Line fashions are additionally obtainable with the Lengthy Vary battery and a single 255-hp rear motor making 258 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to dual-motor AWD will increase the mixed output to 321 hp and 446 lb-ft, propelling the EV from 0 to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. Hold the battery above a 35% state of cost and the EV6 must also be capable to tow as much as 3,527 kilos. The entry-level EV6 and GT-Line come commonplace with a 58-kWh Commonplace Vary battery, stepping two-wheel-drive energy right down to 168 hp and AWD to 232 hp, whereas torque output is unchanged. With the smaller battery and AWD, the EV6 provides a tick to its 0-to-62-mph time, finishing the dash in 6.2 seconds.
Kia EV6 efficiency and vary
|Web energy||Web torque||WLTP vary||0-62 mph|
|Commonplace 2WD||168 hp||258 lb-ft||317 mi||TBD|
|Commonplace AWD||232 hp||446 lb-ft||TBD||6.2 sec|
|Lengthy Vary 2WD||225 hp||258 lb-ft||TBD||TBD|
|Lengthy Vary AWD||321 hp||446 lb-ft||TBD||5.2 sec|
|EV6 GT AWD||577 hp||546 lb-ft||TBD||3.5 sec|
Kia estimates that, at finest, a single-motor EV6 with the Lengthy Vary battery ought to cruise for as much as 317 miles per cost when measured on the European WLTP mixed cycle. Count on that vary to shrink when put by the US’ extra stringent EPA testing cycle. Nonetheless within the preliminary certification part, ranges for the EV6’s different configurations aren’t listed, however with extra energy, a smaller battery or each, they’re positive to be barely decrease than Kia’s most optimistic estimate.
The EV6 incorporates a customizable braking system that permits the motive force to paddle between six regeneration modes, starting from coasting on carry to a one-foot “i-pedal” mode that permits for full regenerative stops with out touching the brakes. There’s additionally an Auto setting that handles all of regenerative decision-making for you.
Chilly climates are an Achilles’ heel for many EVs. To present one of the best shot at real-world vary, Kia outfits the electrical crossover’s battery pack with its latest-generation heat-pump thermal administration. Kia claims that the EV6 retains as much as 80% of its optimum vary even at -7 levels Celsius (about 19 levels Fahrenheit). The identical thermal administration tech contributes to the EV6’s quick charging time whereas serving to improve the lifetime of the battery.
A brand new Built-in Charging Management Unit allows compatibility with as much as 800-volt ultrafast charging infrastructure. That implies that each EV6 will be capable to rapid-charge from 10% to 80% in round 18 minutes at a powerful-enough station. On the 2WD Lengthy Vary mannequin, meaning including as much as 62 miles of vary from only a brief 4.5-minute session. The ICCU additionally allows the brand new vehicle-to-load (V2L) perform that we noticed debut on the Ioniq 5. This high-power, bidirectional charging connection implies that a sufficiently charged EV6 can output as much as 3.6 kW to energy electronics, home equipment and even recharge different EVs or e-bikes, if wanted.
Inside, the EV6’s inside ought to profit from the E-GMP platform’s lengthy wheelbase and minimal cabin intrusions with higher than common passenger quantity for the category. The dearth of a combustion engine opens up 0.7 cubic toes for frunk storage below the hood, whereas the tall-hatchback profile makes room for 18.4 cubic toes of rear cargo or 45.9 cubes when the second row is folded flat.
Kia’s UVO infotainment and telematics tech is now referred to as Kia Join for this technology and options twin 12-inch screens on the dashboard below curved glass. An obtainable augmented-reality head-up show tasks automobile pace, driver help data and turn-by-turn navigation into the motive force’s line of sight on the windshield.
The EV6 additionally marks the arrival of Freeway Driving Help 2 to Kia’s steady, mixing distance-sensing adaptive cruise with lane-centering steering help. HDA2 additionally good points the power to mechanically change lanes whereas signaling — with the motive force’s palms on the wheel, after all — and might even steer to keep away from attainable collisions. The automaker’s Distant Good Parking Help may also be obtainable, which permits the motive force to information the crossover into or out of a parking spot from outdoors of the automobile.
Not only a new look, the EV6 can be step one in Kia’s bigger plan to extend its electrified portfolio. The automaker is trying to launch 11 new BEVs — seven new E-GMP automobiles and 4 primarily based on current fashions — by 2026. By 2030, Kia expects that 40% of its whole gross sales shall be battery electrical, plug-in hybrid and hybrid electrical automobiles. The brand new 2022 Kia EV6 shall be inbuilt South Korea with gross sales beginning within the second half of 2021. On-line reservations for the electrical Kia will open to events starting March 30.