The 2022 KIA Ev6 is coming to the USA in a few weeks. This model is available in three trim levels: light, wind, and GT line. KIA seeks to enhance its electric line with the new model with better energy efficiency and comfort. The GT trim is the top of the line, but is it worth that $60,000 price tag?
The EV6 release: date and price
The KIA EV6 has been on sale in the UK since October 25, 2021. The company confirmed the vehicle would be available in 50 states in late January. Therefore, shipments are expected in the USA within a few weeks.
All three trims will be on sale. However, the fully loaded GT line will not be available until later in the year.
According to Autoblog, the base prices for the 2022 Kia EV6 are expected to be about $42,115. The company marks the starting price at $33,400 since the model is eligible for a $7,500 tax credit available for electric vehicles. However, the tax credits may change in the future.
According to Car and Driver, the fully loaded GT trim is expected to sell at about $57,115. Standard GT-line cars will go for about $52,415.
KIA EV6 fully loaded: engine and performance
The base model, EV6 Light trim, comes with a 167 hp electric motor combined with a 58-kWh battery pack. This enables it to deliver a 232 miles EPA estimated range with full power.
Its Wind trim has a larger 77.4 kWh cell pack mated with a 225 hp electric motor that offers an EPA range of about 310 miles. The GT line has the same engine capacity and powertrain as the wind. All three trims with the above specs run on a rear-wheel-drive powertrain.
However, both the GT and Wind give you a chance to upgrade to a dual-motor AWD setup that increases the power to 320-hp and comes with a larger battery. The upgraded models can deliver an EPA range of 274 miles.
KIA explains that the model features an instantaneous response electric motor that does not drag when engaged. The base trim can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, making it faster than the Porsche Cayenne Coupe with a higher 335 hp engine.
The RWD models come with a 5-link rear suspension that gives the vehicle sporty handling, while the dual motors in upgraded GT and Wind trim levels enhance the all-weather grip.
Amazing style to match the performance
KIA added several luxurious features to offer extended functionality and efficiency to its car owners. It claims the battery has ultra-fast charging capabilities, although it has not released the exact timelines. Drivers also enjoy dual panoramic displays with navigation as a standard for all trims.
According to KIA Media, the fully loaded trims also have a cold-weather range, preserving a heat pump that helps keep the vehicle warm without reducing its range. The model also has heated and ventilated seats and a smart power tailgate. As for the entertainment, car owners enjoy a 14-speaker Meridian premium audio system. There are also power outlets to charge their devices, such as laptops. The interiors come in suede or vegan leather upholstery.
On the outside, the GT line comes with 20-inch wheels, while the rest have 19-inch ones. It also has a power sunroof and a blind-spot monitor. Drivers also enjoy the highway drive assist and remote smart park assist to aid in keeping lanes and parking.
KIA has a pretty functional electric car. Its fully loaded GT trim comes with an amazing style and a performance that matches its luxury. However, new owners must pay more for the extra features and abilities. Luckily, they can get full tax credits when purchasing it. For the right customer, the price would be worth what you get.