According to Autocar India, Kia Motors will launch EV6 in the Indian market by June this year. The EV6 will be the brand’s first electric vehicle for India. Having said that, it will come to India as CBU or Completely Built Unit route. Because of this, it will be priced on the higher side and will be the same model that is sold in the global market.
The EV6 has a very modern-looking design to it. It has a wheelbase of 2,900 mm. In the foreign market, the EV6 is offered in two battery sizes. The entry-level variant gets a two-wheel-drive configuration. It has a 58 kWh battery pack that produces 170 hp of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 8.5 seconds. It has a driving range of 400 km as per the WLTP cycle. You can also get a dual-motor version which comes with an all-wheel drive. This version puts out 235 hp of max power.
Then there is the larger sized battery version which has a battery capacity of 77.4 kWh. The rear-wheel drive version produces 229 hp of max power. The electric motor produces 321 hp of max power and 605 Nm of peak torque if you get the all-wheel-drive version. It can hit a ton in 5.2 seconds. According to the WLTP cycle, it has a driving range of 510 km.
Kia Motors is also working on a high-performance version of the EV6. It will be called EV6 GT. In it, the electric motor is producing 585 hp of max power and a massive 740 Nm of peak torque. The EV6 GT will be going against other electric sports cars such as Porsche Taycan and Audi RS e-Tron GT.
The GT version would also get bucket seats, electronically controlled suspension, an electronically limited-slip differential. There will also be a battery heat pump that maintains the battery at its optimum temperature so that it can perform at its maximum potential.
The EV6 comes packed in with a lot of equipment. It gets a dual-screen layout and a modern-looking interior. There is a heads-up display with augmented reality, digital instrument cluster, two-spoke steering wheel, Advanced Driver Aids System, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, heated seats and steering wheel and much more.
Kia EV6 is based on the e-GMP platform which stands for Electric-Global Modular Platform. This is the same platform that Hyundai uses for the Ioniq 5. It is essentially an electric skateboard platform. So, the wheels are placed on the corners of the vehicles. This enhances the amount of space that the occupants have.
Because the platform is built from the ground up for electric vehicles so that means there is no transmission tunnel. The platform is not bound to one particular type of body style. In the future, the same platform can be used to make a sedan, compact SUV etc. The battery size can also be altered based on the vehicle requirements.
Via Autocar India