Kia officially unveiled their EV6 crossover in March, but no prices were announced at that time. It is scheduled to go on sale in the second half of 2021 – probably in the fall. Now we have the prices coming out of South Korea, with estimates converted to $U.S.
While very similar, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and the Kia EV6 have very different options/specs and configurations, so they are NOT identical. The Kia offers a 58kWh battery pack on its base model, but that isn’t available in the Hyundai. Hyundai is going with one battery (77.4kWh) for all its models.
For details on the Hyundai IONIQ 5 click HERE
Available in three different variants – EV6, EV6 GT-Line and EV6 GT.
The GT is definitely the “looker” and the screamer of the trio – Hyundai doesn’t have a competing version of the GT
Specs And Features
- Available in both rear-wheel-drive (one electric motor) and all-wheel-drive (two electric motors)
- The (base) EV6 will come with RWD and a standard-range 58kWh battery pack
- The (base) EV6 will come with 168 hp and accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds
- The GT-Line will have the option of the standard-range 58kWh battery pack, or the long-range 77.4kWh battery pack
- The GT-Line will be available in RWD or AWD
- The GT will only be available with the long-range battery and AWD
- RWD models – get a single 168 kW (229ps) electric motor powering the rear wheels
- AWD models – get a pair of 239 kW (325 ps) electric motors powering the front and rear wheels
- The GT-Line RWD / 77.4 kWh battery pack is rated at 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
- The GT-Line AWD version has 321 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque
- The GT-Line AWD version will go 0-to-100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds (0-60 mph in under five seconds)
- GT AWD Version gets 577 hp and 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) of torque / 0- 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) – 3.5 seconds
- Towing – when the battery is at 35% of more, the EV6 will have a towing capacity of 1,600kg (3,527 lbs)
Range – As is the case with all EV’s, range varies depending on drive configuration and trim levels. EPA Range below.
- RWD / 77.4 kWh battery pack is expected to travel up to 482 kms (300 miles) on a single charge
- AWD trims are estimated to travel 432 kms (269 miles), while the
- GT models will go up to 393 kms (244 miles) on a single charge
- The EV6 is capable of both 400 and 800-volt Ultra-Fast charging – VERY impressive!
- It can go from a 10 to 80 % state of charge in just 18 minutes – using a 350 kW charger
- 100 km (62 miles) of range (WLTP) in 4.5 minutes of charge
- Using the standard Level 2 / 10.9 kW charger, you can fully charge in 6 hours, 43 minutes
Front Trunk (Frunk)
- North America model: 20 L
- Non-NA model: 52 L (2WD) or 20 L (AWD)
Similar to the Ford F-150 Lightning, the EV6 has a V2L feature, which allows owners to use the vehicle to charge all sorts of electronic devices – including other EV’s.
Pricing – has been released in Korea, estimated in $ U.S. equivalent
Base: $44,000 Long Range: $54,000 GT Line: $59,000 GT: $64,000
Being generous, adding $10,000 to these prices to transfer into Canadian dollars – these prices are bind-blowing and completely out to lunch! At present, the dollars are exchanging in the 27% range, so $44k turns into Cdn $55,880. Add the dreaded 13% tax and outrageous delivery charges ($1,900) we get dinged with here, and you’re at Cdn $65,291 for the BASE model!!! The GT is going to be in the $94k range – more then the Jaguar iPace, Tesla Y and on par with any of the European badges.
Here’s a good video review from Asian Petrolhead at the launch in Korea…
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