2022 Kia EV6 Will Offer 577 hp in GT Spec

As expected, Kia revealed most of the specs of its highly anticipated EV6 this week. A compact crossover with a cab-forward profile and a trendy floating roof, the EV6 shares its E-GMP platform and battery options with the Hyundai Ioniq 5—but it won’t be an Ioniq 5 in a different wrapper: In top spec the Kia version will offer far more power.

showcasing its next EV that we’ll see stateside later this year

Get ready to experience 577 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque in the range-topping GT version. That’s what the EV6 will serve up when optioned with a dual-motor layout and the longer-range 77.4-kWh battery, making it possible to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 162 mph.

“The GT version of EV6 demonstrates our technological leadership through its combination of outstanding high-speed charging and acceleration performance like a super sports car. With our dedicated EV platform, there is no need for compromise between inspiring spaciousness and performance,” said President and Head of R&D Division for Hyundai Motor Group, Albert Biermann.

In more domesticated flavor, the EV6 will be offered with just rear-wheel drive and a smaller 58-kWh battery, which should still give it plenty of range.

Kia says that the rear-wheel-drive model with the 77.4-kWh battery will still be good for 510 kilometers (317 miles) in the WLTP cycle. The EPA figure will likely land south of that, but the EV6 will still serve up range figures that are modern and appropriate for its size. We don’t yet know what the shorter-range battery will do, but it should still be north of 220 miles.


When it comes to design, the EV6 will offer a sleek, sculpted profile with a floating roof in a contrasting color, as well as what it calls the Digital Tiger Face. As you can see in the photos, the front of the car will be quite short in length, not having to house an engine up front, freeing up quite a bit of room for the interior. Out back, the EV6 will feature a duck-tail-style spoiler lip with a red wraparound strip following the contours of the trunk. You might also notice the flush-fitting door handles—a seemingly mandatory feature for EVs these days—but our favorite design element has to be the sculpting of the door sills, an area long abused by automotive design studios in favor of slabby profiles. And the bright line that starts at the base of the front door continues all the way back to the trunk spoiler, going right through the flared wheel arches.

“EV6, as the first dedicated Kia EV, is a showcase of human-centered, progressive design and electrified power,” noted Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center, Karim Habib. “We strongly believe EV6 is a compelling and relevant model for the new EV era. With EV6 we aimed to create a distinctive, impactful design by using a combination of sophisticated, high-tech features on pure and rich volumes while providing a dedicated EV aiming to define our future.”

While the ranges of the two battery flavors should be commensurate with the competition, the real technological showpiece of the EV6 will be the 800-volt battery, which will permit the EV6 to juice up from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. In another example, Kia says that the rear-wheel drive version with a 77.4-kWh battery will be able to get 100 kms of range (62 miles) in less than four and a half minutes. On top of all that, the battery will also be capable of discharging up to 3.6-kW back in a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function, being able to power a number of home appliances or recharge another EV. This should make it a favorite for camping adventures, or in times of power outages when it can function as a generator of sorts. (Remember the hybrid Ford F-150s doing this in Texas a few weeks ago?)

The interior promises to be no less advanced. Two curved 12-inch screens sit atop the dash side by side, serving as the instrument cluster and the infotainment screen, while an augmented reality (AR) head-up system will display additional information in the driver’s line of sight, such as turn-by-turn navigation. The EV6 will also allow for over-the-air (OTA) updates, of course, as with other recent EVs hitting the market. And it will offer regenerative braking with six levels of to choose from, ranging from none to one-pedal driving.

The EV6 won’t be Kia’s first electric offering stateside—that honor goes to the Niro EV—but the Niro EV at its core was just a gasoline model that was designed to offer an electric drivetrain as an option. The EV6 will be different, and it should inaugurate a new chapter for Kia when it comes to electric vehicles.

When will we see the EV6 on sale stateside?

It should get here in the second half of the year as a 2022 model, but reservations are open now. US pricing for the EV6 should be revealed closer to the model’s sales launch, by which time it should have plenty of competition here.

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