2022 Kia EV6 Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Mar 31, 2021
  • 5-passenger battery-electric crossover SUV
  • Standard- and long-range battery packs
  • Rear-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • Nearly 48 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Maximum driving range of about 300 miles
  • Maximum acceleration to 60 mph of about 3.5 seconds
  • Maximum recharging to 80% in 18 minutes
  • Level 2 driving assistance technology
  • Autonomous parking capability
  • New Kia Connect infotainment system
  • Head-up display with augmented reality
  • On sale by the end of 2021 (selected global markets)

With the 2022 Kia EV6, an electric vehicle exuding style, sophistication, and performance, the Korean automaker is launching an electrification offensive that will roll out during this decade. By 2030, Kia expects battery-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) to comprise 40% of total sales. The company says 11 new BEV models will arrive by 2026.

2022 Kia EV6 White Front Quarter View

Kia bases the new 2022 EV6 on the Hyundai Motor Group's Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which also serves as the foundation for the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. The automaker will use the EV prefix for all of its upcoming E-GMP-based electric vehicles, with the number denoting the model's position within the lineup.

Available in standard, GT-Line, and GT trim, the 2022 Kia EV6 is a 5-passenger BEV that Kia will market as a crossover SUV. The company builds it in South Korea and has scheduled its release date in selected global markets for the second half of 2021.

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Kia says the new EV6 reflects a fresh design philosophy, which appears to eliminate the now-familiar "tiger nose" grille design in favor of a "digital tiger face" brand expression expressed through the front and rear lighting elements. 

2022 Kia EV6 White Rear Quarter View

Cab-forward design maximizes interior passenger and cargo room, and the curvaceous styling is a departure from corporate cousin Hyundai's sharp angles. A fast rear window angle capped by a spoiler adds a sporty look.

"EV6 is the embodiment of both our brand purpose, 'Movement that inspires,' and our new design philosophy," said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center, in a statement. "Our aim is to design the physical experience of our brand and to create bold, original, and inventive electric vehicles."

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Kia understands that exterior styling attracts a customer to a vehicle, but the interior design makes them fall in love with it.

2022 Kia EV6 Interior Dashboard

For the EV6, Kia employs simple forms and an expansive, seamless curved instrumentation and infotainment display to give the vehicle an open and airy feeling. To provide customers an idea of how much space the EV6 offers, Kia compares it to "many mid-size SUVs."

Occupants sit in what Kia says are "relaxation seats." They feature fabric made of recycled plastic. 

The company supplies plenty of storage space within the EV6 and equips the crossover with front and rear trunks. Behind the rear seats, you'll find 18.4 cubic feet of volume (520 liters, VDA method). Fold the back seat down, and the EV6 offers an estimated 45.9 cu.-ft. (1,300 liters, VDA). The frunk is not generous, supplying just 0.7 cu.-ft. (20 liters, VDA).

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Kia will offer the EV6 and EV6 GT-Line with a choice between a standard-range 58 kilowatt-hour (kWh) and a long-range 77.4 kWh battery pack. The EV6 GT comes only with a long-range battery. Single-motor rear-wheel drive is standard with EV6 and EV6 GT-Line, with dual-motor all-wheel drive an option. All EV6 GT models have AWD.

In the standard-range specification, the EV6 supplies 125 kilowatts (168 horsepower) and 350 Newton-metres (258 lb.-ft.) to the rear wheels. With AWD, output measures 173-kW (232 hp) and 605 Nm (446 lb.-ft.). Kia says it takes the EV6 and EV6 GT-Line standard-range AWD models about six seconds to accelerate to 60 mph.

Upgrade to the long-range battery, and the EV6 delivers 168 kW (225 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.) with RWD and 239 kW (320 hp) and 605 Nm (446 lb.-ft.) with AWD. Long-range EV6 AWD models scoot to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, according to Kia.

Choose the EV6 GT, and its long-range AWD drive system produces 430 kW (577 hp) and 740 Nm (546 Nm), which Kia claims will result in a run to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and a top speed of over 160 mph. This version of the crossover gets a software-driven electronic limited-slip differential.

For maximum driving range, the long-range RWD model is the way to go. Kia estimates it will deliver 316 miles of travel on a single charge (based on the WLTP cycle). Drivers can extend the battery life using six different regenerative braking levels, including i-Pedal, which is Kia's name for one-pedal driving.

When it's time to recharge the Kia EV6's battery, it is compatible with 400-volt and 800-volt power sources. Plug a long-range RWD EV6 into an 800-volt high-speed charger, and Kia says the battery will go from a 10% charge to an 80% charge in just 18 minutes. And if you're really in a hurry, you can grab 62 miles of juice in 4.5 minutes.

Additionally, a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function allows the EV6's owner to export 3.6 kW of electricity from the vehicle to power items or recharge another EV. You can tow a trailer, too. As long as the battery has a 35% charge or more, the Kia EV6 tow rating is 3,500 pounds.

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Kia says the 2022 EV6 will come with a long list of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) but does not define the entire collection of technologies. Instead, the automaker highlights the BEV's Level 2 semi-autonomous capabilities.

Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA2) is available for the EV6, combining an adaptive cruise control system with lane-centering assistance technology. This enhanced version of the automaker's Level 2 driving aid adds a new lane-change support function and the ability to adjust lane position in situations when an adjacent vehicle gets too close to the EV6.

Additionally, the EV6 will offer Remote Smart Parking Assist. In use in other Hyundai Motor Group products, this technology provides fully autonomous self-parking capability in parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Drivers can sit inside the EV6 or step outside of the vehicle and operate the system remotely.

Infotainment and Technology - Find the best Kia deals!

Kia employs an increasingly common approach to the EV6's instrumentation and infotainment displays. They reside under a single piece of glass, with a 12-inch instrumentation screen and a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen.

With the EV6, Kia introduces a new name for is infotainment technology. Kia Connect replaces the previous Your Voice (UVO) name for the system. Highlights include over-the-air update capability and a range of connected services, including EV-specific functions such as a charging station locator with real-time prices, remaining driving range radius, and remote access via a smartphone app to charging status.

A new 14-speaker Meridian surround sound system is available for the EV6, and drivers can adjust an Active Sound Design technology to personal preferences. This feature provides an audible driving sound when the EV6 is underway.

Additionally, the Kia EV6 offers a head-up display showing vehicle speed, ADAS alerts, and augmented reality navigation directions.

2022 Kia EV6 Competitors - Find the best Kia deals!

Because the Kia EV6 is a 5-door crossover SUV, it will compete against the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Ariya, Tesla Model Y, and Volkswagen ID.4.

Based on what we know about this new Kia and what we know about the competition, the 2022 EV6 compares favorably to all of these BEVs in terms of style, equipment, and performance. It could also prove worthy of cross-shopping with emerging luxury models such as the Audi Q4 e-Tron, not to mention competitors from startup EV makers such as the Fisker Ocean.

Of course, time will tell. But based on what Kia is showing and telling, the EV6 is an impressive new EV.

Kia is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of March 31, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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