Kia Motors has begun work on bringing the EV6 electric crossover to the Indian market. This is the first time we have seen EVT on Indian roads. It was not wearing any camouflage, only the back badge was covered with masking tape. According to media rumors, Kia will launch EV6 in India by June 2022.
The EV6 will be Kia’s first electric car for the Indian market. They will bring it as a CBU or fully built unit which means it will cost more. It will come with the same tool level that is being offered in the global version. There will be no India-specific changes in design or platform.
It is based on the e-GMP platform that Hyundai is also using for their Ioniq vehicles. In fact, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has also been spotted in India and is expected to launch in India later this year. It will also come with CBU route.
The e-GMP platform is an electric skateboard platform which means that the four wheels are in the corner and the battery pack sits in the middle. This helps to maximize the cabin and interior space for the occupants. The wheelbase of the EV6 is 2,900 mm.
The platform is specially designed for electric vehicles which means there are no transmission tunnels and the floor is perfectly flat. It also translates to a good amount of space for the back occupants. Furthermore, since it is a common skateboard platform, manufacturers are not obliged to create a specific body style. In fact, they can create any body style using the same platform. The size of the battery can also be changed depending on the needs of the vehicle.
The exterior of the EV6 looks sharp and aggressive. You won’t see a car that looks like the EV6 which means the EV6 has a lot of presence on the road. The design of the Kia EV6 is based on the ‘Opposite United’ design philosophy.
The entry-level variant of the EV6 has a 58 kWh battery pack that produces a maximum of 170 hp of power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Power is transferred only to the rear wheels. It has a 58 kWh battery pack with a WLTP-rated driving range of 400 km. Also on offer is a dual-motor setup that increases the power to 235 hp and gives you all-wheel drive. 0-100 acceleration time 8.5 seconds.
You will also find a large 77.4 kWh battery pack. It produces a maximum power of 229 hp and only drives the rear wheel. There is also an all-wheel-drive version where the electric motor produces a maximum of 321 hp of power and 605 Nm of peak torque. The driving range has also been increased to 510 km and it can hit a ton in 5.2 seconds.
If that’s not enough, Kia is also working on a GT version that will come with a maximum power of 585 hp and a huge 740 Nm of peak torque. This will go against the Audi RS E-Tron GT and the Porsche Tekken.