The Kia EV6 electric car was spotted undergoing testing in India recently. The EV was globally unveiled back in 2021, and now the Korean automaker is all set to test the EV market in India with its first electric vehicle.
It will be introduced in India as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) as opposed to a locally manufactured or assembled product. This implies that it will attract hefty import duties levied by the government of India. So, it will come at a premium price and don’t expect it to be priced as low as the MG ZS EV or Hyundai Kona Electric. Going by the spy pictures, it seems like the range-topping GT variant with all the bells and whistles. However, Kia is expected to bring lower variants as well.
The Kia EV6 will be one of the total six electric vehicles that the Hyundai-Kia group intends to bring to India by 2024. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was also spotted testing in India recently and is slated to launch soon. The new Kia e-Niro electric SUV and Hyundai Kona Electric facelift are expected to be introduced later as per the roadmap.
Kia EV6: Highlights
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The Kia EV6 flaunts a futuristic and sporty looking design married with a crossover body style. Kia says it comes with sharp-looking exteriors owing to its ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy. It has a muscular bonnet with prominent lines. The headlights are sleek with chrome accents and a DRL at the top, which doubles up as turn indicators. The outside rearview mirrors come with a glossy black finish and get inbuilt 360-degree cameras. It gets muscular haunches and a wide connected tail-lamp design. It gets large-sized tyres and alloy wheels, which lend it a very good road presence.
Talking about its interiors, the Kia EV6 comes with a floating 12-inch digital instrument cluster, which is connected with the 12-inch touchscreen infotainment display, just like the one on the Kia Seltos. The quality of materials used in the cabin appears to be top-notch. It gets a large centre console that houses the Start/Stop button, seat ventilation controls, drive selector dial, wireless charging pad, and glass holders. The steering wheel is a two-spoke one with a flat bottom.
Internationally, the Kia EV6 comes with a host of powertrain options. The 58kWh battery pack version comes paired with either a 170hp single-motor (RWD) or with a 235hp dual-motor (AWD).
The car is also available with a bigger 77.4kWh battery pack coupled with a 229hp single motor (RWD), a 325hp dual motor (AWD), or a GT variant with a 585hp dual-motor (AWD). The reported driving range is between 370km and 500km, depending on the variant you choose. The Kia EV6 could be priced between ₹50 lakhs and ₹70 lakhs ex-showroom in India.