AUTO NEWS – New 2021 Kia EV6: UK costs and specs confirmed

New 2021 Kia EV6: UK costs and specs confirmed

UK costs and specs for the brand new all-electric Kia EV6 crossover have been revealed. The EV6 is the first devoted electrical automotive constructed on Kia’s new E-GMP platform and it boasts as much as 316 miles vary – plus there’ll be a sporty EV6 GT within the line-up that gives Porsche Taycan rivalling efficiency, too.

Potential consumers can reserve an EV6 now, by putting a refundable £100 deposit. Orders open absolutely in Might, with the newcomer priced from £40,895, and Kia is concentrating on first deliveries by October.

The EV6 line-up is launching with a selection of two batteries, with two and four-wheel drive obtainable. This begins with the usual vary 58kWh mannequin, which makes use of a 168bhp rear-mounted electrical motor in entry-level two-wheel drive type.

Kia says that for the AWD variant of the 58kWh automotive, a complete of 232bhp is on supply. With a most of 605Nm of torque, it provides a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds. Nevertheless, each of the 58kWh automobiles aren’t obtainable from launch. 

There’s no official vary declare for the 58kWh variants but both, however stepping as much as the 77.4kWh rear-wheel drive mannequin is the place that 316-mile headline vary determine is available in, and that is the place the line-up will start from when orders open in Might. 

The RWD mannequin is powered by a 225bhp motor, whereas the four-wheel drive automotive along with the larger battery presents a complete of 321bhp. Most torque for the 77.4kWh AWD automotive stays at 605Nm, however the additional energy sees the 0-62mph time drop to five.2 seconds.

As with all electrical automotive, vary and charging are key, and the Kia EV6 ought to take simply 18 minutes to carry out a ten to 80 per cent recharge due to the platform’s 800-volt digital structure.

2021 Kia EV6 GT joins the line-up

Kia will supply a fair sportier model of its new electrical crossover, referred to as the EV6 GT. This takes energy as much as a complete of 577bhp from a dual-motor set-up, providing four-wheel drive as customary. Consequently, the 0-62mph time drops to a sports activities car-rivalling 3.5 seconds, whereas a high pace of 162mph is focused. 

Kia claims a variety of 251 miles for this sportier variant and says that the brand new E-GMP platform’s standardisation of parts, plus its modular development, permits fast and versatile growth with diversified attributes, reminiscent of the opportunity of this GT mannequin from launch.

Kia hasn’t outlined any chassis modifications to the GT, however the skill to fulfill demand for a efficiency mannequin is promising, as Albert Biermann, President and Head of Analysis and Growth for Hyundai, outlines:

“The GT model of EV6 demonstrates our technological management by way of its mixture of excellent high-speed charging and acceleration efficiency like a brilliant sports activities automotive. With our devoted EV platform, there isn’t any want for compromise between inspiring spaciousness and efficiency.”

2021 Kia EV6: charging and practicality

Because of the E-GMP underpinnings’ 800-volt functionality, the EV6 accepts DC fast charging at as much as 220kW.

Alongside the ten to 80 per cent cost time of 18 minutes, house owners will have the ability to add 62 miles of vary in lower than 4 and a half minutes, enhancing flexibility.

The EV6 also can distribute cost to different automobiles at as much as 3.6kW by way of its Kind 2 socket as a part of its vehicle-to-load V2L operate, or energy home equipment “on an out of doors journey,” in keeping with Kia.

The brand new platform helps practicality too. The automotive’s wheelbase is 2,900mm lengthy regardless of the EV6’s comparatively compact dimensions, pushing the wheels near the mannequin’s extremities to maximise area inside. The strategy to effectivity continues contained in the cabin, because the slim, light-weight seats are trimmed in material constituted of recycled plastics, equal to 111 water bottles.

Boot area stands at 520 litres, rising to 1,300 litres with the rear seats folded down. There are additionally an extra 52 litres of cupboard space on the entrance in rear-drive fashions, dropping to twenty litres in AWD automobiles. It must be sufficient to retailer the automotive’s charging cables.

Kia claims that with greater than 35 per cent cost left within the battery, the EV6 also can tow hundreds weighing as much as 1,600kg, which is robust for an electrical automotive.

On high of this, the EV6 includes a warmth pump that scavenges waste warmth from the automotive’s coolant system; it implies that even in temperatures as little as -7C the automotive can obtain 80 per cent of its claimed vary attainable at 25C ambient temperature.

2021 Kia EV6: security and expertise

To assist increase vary the EV6 presents six completely different regenerative braking settings. This contains utterly off, modes 1 to three, ‘i-Pedal’ – which permits most power harvesting and brings the automotive to a cease with out touching the brakes, permitting one-pedal driving – and an auto setting.

Kia has additionally revamped its infotainment providing, with a pair of 12-inch screens. The driving show and infotainment panels are curved, with the latter that includes linked providers and over-the-air software program updates.

There’s an augmented actuality head-up show system that tasks data onto the bottom of the windscreen within the driver’s line of sight, with pace, nav directions and Superior Driver Help system particulars all on supply.

On this topic, the EV6 comes filled with security tech, together with Lane Observe Help, Freeway Driving Help 2 (semi-autonomous adaptive cruise management) with auto lane altering operate, collision avoidance with AEB, distant good parking help and Secure Exit Help, which warns passengers of approaching automobiles when getting out of the automotive.

2021 Kia EV6: pricing and on-sale date

With current modifications to the Authorities’s plug-in automotive grant (PiCG) the inducement now solely covers automobiles with a most value of £35,000, so launch variations of the EV6 miss out on the subsidy. Nevertheless, Kia’s launch providing solely contains the longer vary 77.4kWh battery automobiles, with cheaper 58kWh variants of the EV6 due at a later date. 

Early EV6 adopters are supplied a beginning value of £40,895 for the 77.4kWh rear-wheel-drive 225bhp mannequin, which options the twin 12.3-inch curved screens, sat-nav with Kia Join, full LED headlights and loads of superior security tech.

Stepping as much as the sportier trying GT-Line model sees the worth climb to £43,895. It options the identical powertrain because the base-model, however a extra aggressive physique package and a few additional customary expertise. Upgrades embrace suede upholstery, LED ambient lighting and a power-operated driver’s seat.

The highest-spec, high-performance EV6 GT is priced from £58,295 and is simply obtainable with the high-power, all-wheel-drive powertrain.

Consumers additionally get a number of tools upgrades, reminiscent of clever LED headlights, bigger brakes with neon inexperienced brake calipers and 21-inch alloy wheels, shod in sticky Michelin tyres. Kia has made a number of tweaks to the EV6 GT’s cabin, too, becoming some contemporary trim panels to the automotive’s dashboard, a novel sports activities steering wheel and a premium stereo system. First deliveries for the 577bhp Kia EV6 GT aren’t anticipated till October 2022.

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AUTO NEWS – New 2021 Kia EV6: UK costs and specs confirmed


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