Kia EV6 launched, prices start from Rs 59.95 lakh
The Kia EV6 has been launched with prices starting at Rs 59.95 lakh (ex-showroom). The EV6 is significant as it not only marks the arrival of the Korean car maker in the Indian electric vehicle segment, but it also sees the debut of the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP platform in India. The range-topping all-wheel drive variant is priced at Rs 64.95 lakh (ex-showroom). We have driven the Kia EV6 — check out our review here.
Kia EV6 Styling
Starting from the way it looks, the Kia EV6 is, in one simple word, unique! It is not restricted to the way we define our cars by categorizations such as a hatchback, a coupe, or an SUV. The silhouette flows smoothly and it combines some sharp elements as well. As a throwback to its earlier tiger nose trademark, Kia has given the EV6 a faux grille. The air-dam below is functional and has vents to cool the battery and other systems. At the rear, you get a sleek tail lamp, along with a strip running along the length of the steeply raked tailgate. Overall, the Kia EV6 looks like nothing else we’ve seen before!
Kia EV6 Powertrain and Charging
The EV6 is built on the E-GMP platform which is making an India appearance for the first time. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 which will come in later this year shares the same platform. The EV6 is powered by one permanent magnet synchronous motor in its rear-wheel drive guise and two motors in its all-wheel drive guise. The rear-wheel drive variant produces 229bhp and 350Nm of torque, while the all-wheel drive variant puts out 320bhp and 605Nm of torque, and it also completes a 0-100kmph run in a claimed 5.2 seconds. Both variants are backed by a 77.2kWh battery pack which offers a WLTP-claimed range of 528km, and can be charged via a 50kW fast charger which will take 73 minutes for a 10 to 80 per cent charge. A 350kW DC fast charger will fill up the battery pack in just 18 minutes, but there are no 350kW chargers in India as of now.
Kia EV6 Interiors and Equipment
Talking about the equipment on offer, some standard kit that the Kia EV6 gets includes 10-step powered seats for the front row (with the advantage of a memory function for the driver seat), along with dual-zone climate control, three driving modes, a four-speaker sound system, rain-sensing wipers, shift-by-wire, all-LED lighting setup, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen blended into one ‘curved’ unit (much like the ones on some Bavarian electric cars), 64-colour ambient lighting, wireless smartphone charging, and the Kia Connect suite among others. The EV6 also features the ability to take electricity out of your car and charge another car or use electrical appliances. Kia is also showcasing its commitment to going carbon neutral by 2045 with the use of vegan leather upholstery in its interiors.
The all-wheel drive variant further adds a powered tailgate, an AR head-up display, a 14-speaker Meridian sound system and powered flush door handles.
The EV6 also has you covered in terms of safety with kit such as eight airbags, hill-start assist, electronic stability control, forward collision assist, brake assist, vehicle stability management, lane keep and follow assist, blind spot detection, and cruise control among others.
Kia EV6 Prices and Rivals
With prices ranging between Rs 59.95 lakh to Rs 64.95 lakh, the Kia EV6 goes up against the BMW i4 and the Mini Cooper SE, undercutting the former by a fair margin. While only 100 units were being brought here initially, Kia now plans to bring in more units owing to customer response, as it has received 355 bookings! Deliveries for the EV6 are set to begin from early September onwards. The EV6 has opened the electric innings for Kia India, and that's not all — it is also developing an India-exclusive electric car, details of which will unfold sometime later. Good times ahead it seems!