Kia unveiled in Frankfurt the characteristics of its new model called EV6. The specialized site L’Argus was on site to report this preview.
We had the opportunity to share photos of the Kia EV6 two weeks ago, and the manufacturer was expected before April to share more information on its new electric vehicle. It is now done, with revelations on the dimensions, autonomy, engine and fast charging.
Urban crossover dimensions
The Kia EV6 takes on dimensions adapted to European roads, with 4.68 meters long and 1.88 meters wide, and 1.55 meters high. With a length similar to a Tesla Model 3, Kia’s crossover is long enough to ensure excellent interior space, without becoming too large for everyday life.
The 2.90 meter wheelbase helps make the car visually quite imposing, giving the illusion of a vehicle longer than it really is. As had been noticed in the photos shared in mid-March, Argus confirms that the shapes of the Kia EV6 are surprising, with aerodynamics as the main focus.
Battery up to 77.4 kWh, and 3.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h
As is the case with other manufacturers, several engines will be available for this Kia EV6. A single motor with a power of 160 kW located at the rear is reserved for the entry level equipped with a 58 kWh battery, whose WLTP autonomy will reach 400 kilometers according to the manufacturer.
To pass the symbolic bar of 500 kilometers, it will be necessary to fall back on the range equipped with a battery of 77.4 kWh, which will then reach 510 kilometers in the WLTP combined cycle. For configurations equipped with two engines, it will be necessary to count on a less important autonomy, undoubtedly because of the additional weight. With the 70 kW motor located at the front of the vehicle, the ranges with the same battery packs will be 380 kilometers (58 kWh) and 490 kilometers (77.4 kWh) respectively.
An e-GT version of the Kia EV6 is also in the game, with much more powerful engines: 160 kW at the front and 270 kW at the rear, for a cumulative power estimated at 584 hp. With a top speed of 260 km / h and a 0 to 100 km / h shot in 3.5 seconds, Kia announces a WLTP range of 400 kilometers for this e-GT model, further proving that exceptional performance and maximum range are generally not not compatible.
Architecture 800 Volts, 100 kilometers of autonomy in less than 5 minutes
Under ideal conditions, Kia announces that its EV6 will be able to recover 100 kilometers of range in 4 minutes and 30 seconds on chargers taking advantage of 800 Volt battery packs. Indeed, with an average of 180 kW in fast charge, the Kia EV6 promises stops of 18 minutes to go from 10% to 80%.
If the peak load promised by Kia will not exceed 239 kW, an average announced of 180 kW on fast charge remains very impressive. The current best cars on the market do not manage to charge as quickly, although this is one of the crippling criteria for many potential electric vehicle customers.
Delivery before the end of the year, between 45,000 and 65,000 euros
According to Argus, entry-level prices would be around 45,000 euros excluding the ecological bonus. If Kia manages to stay just under this limit, as Tesla did with its Model 3 Standard Autonomy Plus recently, that would make an entry price of up to 38,000 euros, including bonuses.
If this price corresponds to the entry level, the price to access the e-GT model could reach 65,000 euros, which would exclude the Kia EV6 from any ecological bonus. The first deliveries are expected before 2022, time for Kia to perfect its E-GMP platform dedicated to future electric vehicles.
OTA updates, V2L technology and heat pump
Like more and more manufacturers, Kia will allow its EV6 to be remotely updated to add new features and correct bugs that have fallen through the cracks.
The Korean manufacturer also announced the arrival of “V2L” (Vehicle to Load) technology, allowing the car to become a source of energy to supply, for example, air conditioning and a TV for 24 hours. Enough to ensure four-star comfort when camping if necessary.
Finally, in order to minimize the negative impact of the outside temperature on its EV6, Kia has fitted it with a heat pump, indicating that at -7 degrees outside, the vehicle will have 80% of the autonomy that ‘it would have 25 degrees.