Kia EV6 electric crossover to boast 510km range

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Kia has revealed details of its EV6 electric crossover, which will offer a 316-mile (510km) range and 800V ultra-fast charging.

The EV6 will offer a choice of zero-emissions powertrain configurations; range is 510km depending on the model

The EV6 is Kia’s first car to be based on the Hyundai Motor Group’s bespoke E-GMP platform and is the first of 11 new battery electric vehicles due under the ‘Plan S’ strategy first revealed last year, of which seven will be built on the E-GMP architecture and four will be derivative EVs based on existing models.

Multiple powertrain configurations will be available for the EV6, including long-range (77.4kWh) and standard-range (58.0kWh) high-voltage battery packs, and it will also be Kia’s first electric vehicle to be available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive options.

The entry-level 58.0kWh battery pack is paired with a 170hp electric motor powering the rear wheels and also offered as a four-wheel drive model with a total combined 235hp.

Range details for the 58.0kWh variants has not been announced but the four-wheel drive version can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds, with a maximum 605Nm of torque available.

The 77.4kWh battery pack is paired with a 229hp electric motor powering the rear wheels, while four-wheel drive models have a total of 325hp.

It’s the two-wheel drive 77.4kWh EV6 that can travel over 510km (316 miles) on a single charge on the WLTP combined cycle, while the four-wheel drive version delivers 605Nm and a 0-100km/h time of 5.2 seconds.

The line-up will also include an EV6 GT performance version, equipped with dual motors, a 585hp total output and a maximum 740Nm torque. This means the four-wheel drive GT version can accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 260km/h (162mph) under preliminary data.

The EV6 offers 800V and 400V charging capabilities, without the need for additional components or adapters. The car is capable of a high-speed charge from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes on all variations or a top-up charge of 100km (62 miles) of driving range in less than four and a half minutes for the 2WD 77.4kWh battery version.

The EV6 also uses an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) that enables a new vehicle-to-load (V2L) function, which is capable of discharging energy from the vehicle battery, supplying up to 3.6kW of power that can be used to run a 55-inch television and air conditioner simultaneously for more than 24 hours, or charge another EV if needed.

The new platform also enables the EV6 to offer a 2,900mm wheelbase despite compact exterior dimensions, bringing a cabin space said to be similar to many mid-size SUVs and boot space of 520 litres rising to around 1,300 with the rear seats folded.

The EV6 will also feature new connectivity and infotainment features, including 12-inch dual screens, an augmented reality head-up display system and a 14-speaker Meridian surround audio system.

An enhanced suite of driver assistance systems will be available and includes Highway Driving Assist 2 and Remote Smart Parking Assist.

The EV6 will be produced in South Korea. It will go on-sale in select global markets starting from the second half of 2021, with online reservations beginning from today (30 March) in some markets.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.