Kia has finally launched its first electric crossover in India, the EV6. It will be imported as a CBU: a completely built-up unit in India, and the company will only bring the first batch of 100 units initially available at 15 selected dealerships. It is similar to its sibling Ioniq 5 and is based on Hyundai’s dedicated EV platform E-GMP: electric global modular platform. This will be their first electric crossover in India, followed by its sibling Ioniq 5 soon.
The Kia EV6 has a sleek design with a clamshell bonnet and the signature revamped digital Tiger nose grille flanked by LED headlamps & boldly split LED DRLs. It stands on newly designed alloys with substantial cuts along the side profile going across the body. The pillars & ORVMs have been treated with gloss-black, and the roofline is swept back. The continuous LED taillight design is also unique and will make heads turn as it goes.
Battery & Range
It will be powered by a 77.4kWh battery pack that churns out 229/347hp & 350/605 Nm of torque, depending upon the variant. EV6 offers a range of 528 kilometres on a single charge which has been certified by WLTP. The ARAI certified range is still awaited, and the real world figures will indeed differ a little.
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It will be available with ultra-fast charging options with fast chargers that can add up to 100 kilometres of range in 4.5 minutes. The respective dealerships will be equipped with 150kW fast chargers capable of recharging the EV6 from 10 to 80% in about 40 minutes. While the 350kW fast charger will do the same in 18 minutes, and the smaller 50kW charger will take 73 minutes. In addition to that, the car can also be a power source for other devices.
Interior & Features
The all-black interior with black suede seat and vegan leather bolsters radiates modernity and is highly spacious and tech-loaded. It features a curved screen displaying the two 12.3 inch screens each for the driver & infotainment system.
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A unique feature by Kia is the 3-pin socket under the backseat that acts as a power or charging point for devices such as laptops. It also gets features like an electric sunroof, HuD screen, ambient lighting, wireless charging, ventilated seats and the list goes on.
Safety & Variants
Kia EV6 comes with 8-airbags & ABS as standard with disc brakes for all wheels in terms of safety. It is also equipped with ADAS, ESC, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Multi-Collision Brake Assist(MCBA), Emergency Stop Signal(ESS), Hill-start assist control(HAC), front & rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
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It will be offered in two variants; GT & GT-Line AWD, the latter being the more potent with 347hp & 605Nm torque. The EV6 GT is priced at ₹59.95 lakhs, while the top variant GT-Line AWD will be available for ₹64.96 lakhs. (all prices ex-showroom)
In addition to that, it will be available in the following 5 colours: Aurora Black Pearl, Yacht Blue, Runaway Red, Snow White Pear & Moonscape.
While Kia has already received 355 bookings making them reconsider their batch numbers, What do you think about the crossover EV?