The Kia EV6, the Korean carmaker’s first all-electric crossover in India, has been launched at a starting price of Rs 59.95 lakh for the RWD variant, going up to Rs 64.95 lakh for the AWD version (ex-showroom, India).
The Kia EV6 is certainly pricey as it comes to our shores as a full import (CBU) and will be limited to only 100 units for 2022. It will sell only through 15 dealerships in 12 cities, and all units have already been spoken for. Deliveries for the new Kia electric will begin in September 2022. Kia also revealed that they have received 355 bookings for the EV6 so far, and are trying to increase allocation to meet the demand.
- Kia EV6 is available in RWD and AWD versions
- Gets long range 77.4kWh battery pack as standard
- Offered in fully loaded GT-Line trim
Kia EV6: how does its pricing stack up against rivals?
|Kia EV6 price (ex-showroom)|
|GT Line||Rs 59.95 lakh|
|GT Line AWD||Rs 64.95 lakh|
The Kia EV6 currently does not have a direct rival in our market. The only other model that comes close in terms of price is the recently launched BMW i4 electric sedan (Rs 69.90 lakh, ex-showroom), which has an 83.9kWh battery pack and 590km claimed range.
The EV6’s sibling, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, is also due in India later this year and is expected to be priced cheaper than the Kia as it will be locally assembled. The upcoming Volvo XC40 Recharge will also rival the EV6 once its price is revealed.
Kia EV6: powertrain, battery and charging options
The EV6 is available in India in a sole 77.4kWh battery pack. In the rear-wheel drive, single-motor guise, the EV6 produces 229hp and 350Nm, while in the all-wheel drive, dual motor guise, it produces 325hp and 605Nm. Kia claims a 0-100kph sprint time of 5.2 seconds for the AWD variant.
The claimed maximum range is 528km on the WLTP cycle, although it is yet to be tested and certified under Indian test conditions. As for charging, the EV6 can accept a very fast 350kW DC charge, which will see the battery go from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes, and on a 50kW fast charger, the battery will take 73 minutes for the same level. For home charging, the Kia EV6 comes with a 22kW wall box charger as standard, though charging times for this have not been released.
The Kia EV6 is based on the company’s E-GMP platform – a dedicated EV skateboard architecture that also underpins the Hyundai Ioniq 5 crossover.
Kia EV6: design, interior and features
The EV6 crossover looks striking, thanks particularly to the rear-end styling with its ducktail-style spoiler and full-width LED tail-light. Its low-slung looks and prominent character lines give it an athletic persona and in GT-Line trim, it rides on 19-inch dual-tone alloy wheels.
The interior is obviously tech-heavy, characterised by a curved dual-screen layout, floating centre console and two-spoke steering wheel. It gets sustainable materials such as vegan leather inserts for the suede seats and steering wheel. For more details on the EV6’s interior and exterior, you can refer to our review here.
Coming to its features, the EV6 is available in a fully loaded GT-Line trim with all the bells and whistles. Some of the highlights include a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, augmented reality HUD, 14-speaker Meridian sound system, 10-way powered and ventilated front seats, 60+ connected car features, surround view camera and powered tailgate. Safety features include eight airbags and a full suite of ADAS features such as forward collision warning, lane keep assist, blind spot assist, rear-cross traffic assist, driver attention warning and much more.
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