The 2022 Kia EV6 is the brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle, and it will bring unusually fast charging and acceleration to the EV market when it goes on sale in early 2022.
Kia estimates that the EV6 will boast as much as 300 miles of electric range. The automaker also says that the crossover will be capable of providing vehicle-to-load charging, meaning its battery can be used to power smaller appliances as well as charge another electric car. Don’t look for the EV6 to be capable of quickly charging up another electric car, though, as Kia says the vehicle-to-load system will operate about like a standard 110-volt household outlet.
Charging times on a Level 3 rapid charger — the kind found in certain public stations — are fast. Kia
says that 5 minutes at a Level 3 charger can add 70 miles of range.
The automaker is positioning the EV6 as a performance-oriented option that will come standard with rear-wheel drive and offer an all-wheel-drive version with two electric motors. Power outputs for the electric motors range from 167 horsepower to 576 horsepower in the GT model. Kia estimates that the GT high-performance model, which is set to arrive later, can do 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.
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Kia calls the EV6 a crossover, though its low roof and clean lines are more like a small wagon. The car measures about 185 inches long, making it slightly shorter than a Sorento SUV.
Inside, the cabin features two screens in front of the driver plus a floating console topped by a round gear knob.
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Kia has opened reservations for the first edition with all-wheel drive and a host of standard features, priced at $58,500 MSRP.
This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.