Most automakers today are making plans for at least some electrification introductions over the next several years. For Kia, the EV6 is the first big step in this greener direction. Consumers are getting excited about this new electric Kia, and the first reviews seem equally impressed with the EV6. Some predict more Kia EV-branded models are coming, too, including a series that might range from EV1 to EV9. Therefore, it means there could be even more electric crossovers to get excited about over the next few years.
Kia’s electrification plan begins with the EV6
Kia proudly announces the 2022 Kia EV6 will join the ranks among other Kia favorites in January. This five-passenger crossover brings a revolutionary electric platform capable of traveling up to 300 miles on a full charge. The EV6 will also have a futuristic-looking style and an even more Jetsons-worthy Augmented Reality head-up display in the cockpit.
This electrified crossover features dual-motor e-AWD and a 77.4 kWh battery pack. Drivers can experience the 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft torque from this quick-charging capable SUV. Additionally, even with the impressive 20-inch alloy wheels, the starting MSRP is expected to be pretty affordable and around $58,500.
As MotorTrend points out in its review, the Kia EV6 isn’t the first electric vehicle from the South Korean automaker. Previous ones include the Niro EV hatchback and the Soul EV. However, what’s different about the Kia EV6 is that it has been entirely developed as an electric contribution from the beginning, not a transformed former gas-powered model. Now, there are indications that this is only the first step in an entirely new and electrified direction for Kia.
Signs there may be more Kia EV variations on the horizon
Green Car Reports says the 2022 Kia EV6 is only the beginning of the EV-branded lineup. There may be an EV1 through EV9 when the dust settles. The numeric part of the name alone indicates the plan for additional nameplates. Additionally, corresponding with these various EVs will be new crossovers, large and small, raising Kia to be a top contender in the electric vehicle space.
Kia is planning the EV4, a smaller crossover that uses the same platform as the EV6. This variation will have a shorter wheelbase but the same battery packs as the EV6. A seven-seater SUV is coming, too, although it’s unclear if this model will be called the EV7 or EV8 just yet. However, since Kia holds the trademark designations for EV1 through EV9, it’s safe to presume more are coming.
Anticipated Kia EV1 to EV9 release dates
The 2022 Kia EV6 models are expected to land in dealerships early next year. For now, any other EV variations are planned for introduction through 2025, according to Auto Express. These EVs to come are part of the automaker’s $2 billion Plan S, aiming to hit 500,000 electric vehicle sales by 2025.
The Kia EV4 could show up as early as 2023, and one of the larger EV variations might even land by 2022, meaning you could get your hands on one sooner than later. There are even talks of a GT version of the EV6, capable of racing 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5-seconds.
Keep your eyes out for an entirely new sub-brand of Kia electric vehicles, including the EV6. The EV6 is the third electric introduction from Kia and proving already that the third time is indeed the charm. Additionally, it’s a promise to electric-hungry enthusiasts that the wait for futuristic, impeccable electric crossovers is almost over.
RELATED: Kia Slammed With Demand for 2022 EV6