Kia is set to announce the prices for the India-spec EV6 on June 2. The premium crossover, the first electric model in Kia India’s line-up, will be sold in limited numbers. It is based on the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP architecture that also underpins the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which is coming to India as well sometime this year.
- Kia EV6 will be limited to 100 units in India
- Prices expected to be around Rs 55 lakh-60 lakh
- India-spec EV6 likely to get two charger options
India spec Kia EV6: powertrain, charging and range
Globally, the EV6 comes with two powertrain options – one with a 58kWh battery pack and the other with a larger 77.4kWh unit, both of which are offered in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) layouts.
Dealer sources tell us that the India-spec model is likely to come only with the 77.4kWh battery pack and Kia is expected to offer the EV6 in rear-wheel-drive, single-motor, and all-wheel-drive, dual-motor layouts. With this bigger battery pack, the rear-wheel-drive model produces 229hp and 350Nm, while the all-wheel-drive variant makes 325hp and 605Nm.
Like global markets, Kia is expected to offer the EV6 with two charger options in India – a 50kW charger that requires a claimed 73 minutes to charge from 10 percent to 80 percent, and a faster 350kW unit that can do 10 percent to 80 percent in a claimed 18 minutes.
India-spec Kia EV6: expected equipment on offer
Considering that the EV6 will be a full import, Kia is expected to equip the car with all the bells and whistles. Some features that are likely to make it to the equipment list include ventilated front seats, wireless charger, rain-sensing wipers, and a host of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
India-spec Kia EV6: expected price, rivals
We expect the EV6 to be priced around Rs 55 lakh-60 lakh, as it will come to India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU). At launch, the EV6 will take on the upcoming Volvo XC40 Recharge. Further on, the EV6 will also take on the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which is based on the same platform and is set to launch in the Indian market sometime this year. However, unlike the EV6, the India-spec Ioniq 5 will be locally assembled, which is likely to give Hyundai a considerable price advantage.
Kia will start accepting bookings for the EV6 crossover from May 26, with only 100 units to be available initially. Due to huge global demand for the EV6, as well as supply chain constraints, Kia will sell the EV6 in limited numbers in the beginning. When the supply constraints ease, Kia might get more EV6 units to India.