2022 Kia EV6 Release Date Scheduled for Early 2022

The 2022 Kia EV6 is the first Kia model to use the Hyundai Motor Group's new skateboard-style electric vehicle platform. (Kia America)

Kia has taken the wraps off the U.S. version of the 2022 EV6, the brand’s first dedicated all-electric vehicle. The battery-powered crossover SUV is the first product under Kia’s ambitious Plan S strategy to introduce 11 new electrified models worldwide by 2026. The Korean automaker joins brands ranging from Acura to Volvo as part of the industry’s overall shift toward e-mobility.

Before now, Kia has built electric variants of existing nameplates like the Soul and Niro, but the EV6 initiates a new range of electric vehicles with a unique naming convention that sets these offerings apart from the rest of the automaker’s product portfolio. Each new model will have the “EV” moniker followed by a single digit to designate the vehicle’s position in the lineup.

Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) gives the Kia EV6 a long, 114.2-inch wheelbase and supplies rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions of the 5-passenger crossover. Furthermore, E-GMP will serve as an adaptable foundation that will enable Kia to expand its dedicated EV line across various vehicle segments. The same skateboard-style platform is used by the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and will serve as the architecture for future Genesis, Hyundai, and Kia EV products.

The EV6’s exterior draws from Kia’s all-new “Opposites United” design language. It combines classic sports tourer styling with crossover SUV proportions and high-tech cues such as the new Digital Tiger Face, the latest iteration of the brand’s tiger-nose grille. Other design elements include sequential front and rear lighting, flush door handles, and a fastback profile.

2022 Kia EV6 Release Date Scheduled for Early 2022

According to Kia, when using a 350 kW DC fast charging station, the EV6 goes from a 10% to an 80% charge in 18 minutes, adding 210 miles of driving range in the process. (Kia America)

Under the floor of the EV6 is an energy-dense nickel-cobalt-manganese battery available in two sizes: 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. The low-mounted power source grants up to 300 miles of all-electric range. It delivers energy to the rear or all four wheels via electric motors ranging in output from 167 horsepower to the high-performance GT version’s 576 horsepower. The EV6 GT also promises a zero-to-60-mph acceleration sprint in under 3.5 seconds.

Beyond its power and all-electric range, the EV6 boasts ultra-fast charging capabilities with a multi-charging system supporting 400-volt and 800-volt DC fast charging. Kia claims it can replenish the battery with up to 210 miles of range in less than 18 minutes on a 350kW fast charger. Using a Level 2, 240-volt charging station, the battery can recharge from 10% to 100% in just over seven hours.

The advanced battery also offers Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capability, allowing the EV6 to power external devices such as tools, computers, electrical appliances, and recreational equipment. Power from a full charge can be drawn continuously from the vehicle for over 36 hours to support a wide range of activities and applications.

2022 Kia EV6 Release Date Scheduled for Early 2022

The 2022 Kia EV6 has all of the latest infotainment and advanced driving assistance technology the company offers. It is a 5-passenger crossover supplying more than 50 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. (Kia America)

Inside, the EV6 offers an eco-friendly and upscale cabin with a spacious, flat floor design. The interior makes use of recycled plastic, LED lighting, and available vegan leather surfaces. Thin “giga-steel” seat frames reduce overall weight and maximize the rear-seat room. The EV6 provides over 50 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded down.

Tech highlights include an augmented reality head-up display that projects graphics in a wide, three-dimensional image over the hood of the car and 21 standard advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The first Kia EV6 models will go on sale in early 2022 in all 50 states.

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