Kia has announced U.S. pricing for the 2022 EV6 will begin at $40,900 before a $7,500 federal tax credit and a $1,215 destination fee. As a result, many buyers can expect to pay $34,615 to get their hands on the highly-anticipated vehicle.
The entry-level model is known as the EV6 Light and it features a 58 kWh battery pack that powers a rear-mounted electric motor, which develops 167 hp (125 kW / 169 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. This setup enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 8.0 seconds, hit a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h), and travel 232 miles (373 km) on a single charge.
In terms of equipment, the EV6 Light features LED lighting units, privacy glass, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Buyers will also find a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation as well as wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Staying inside the cabin, there’s cloth and artificial leather seats with heating up front as well as eight-way power adjustment on the driver’s side. Customers will also find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a wireless smartphone charger, and an automatic climate control system.
On the safety front, there’s Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Highway Driving Assist, and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go. They’re joined by High Beam Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Following Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance. Rounding out the highlights are a rear-view camera and Rear Occupant Alert.
Longer Range Variants Start At $47,000
Buyers looking for more range can upgrade to the EV6 Wind, which begins at $47,000 or $40,715 after the tax credit and destination charge is factored in. It features a larger 77.4 kWh battery and a more powerful electric motor that develops 225 hp (168 kW / 228 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time drops to 7.2 seconds while the top speed remains unchanged at 115 mph (185 km/h). More importantly, the range increases to 310 miles (499 km).
The EV6 Wind is also available with a dual motor all-wheel drive system that produces a combined output of 320 hp (239 kW / 324 PS) and 446 lb-ft (604 Nm) of torque. This cuts the 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time to an impressive 5.1 seconds, while the top speed climbs to 117 mph (188 km/h). However, the all-wheel drive variant starts at $50,900 ($44,615 after the tax credit and destination charge) and has a 77.4 kWh battery that provides 274 miles (441 km) of range.
Putting the powertrains aside, the EV6 Wind features a lightly revised exterior with gloss black accents and a power liftgate. The model also has a better equipped cabin that features artificial leather front seats with heating and ventilation as well as eight-way power adjustment on both sides. Other highlights include a Meridian premium audio system, Parking Distance Warning, and a Vehicle-to-Load port.
Continuing up the trim ladder is the EV6 GT-Line, which shares its powertrains with the mid-level EV6 Wind. Pricing starts at $51,200 ($44,915) for the rear-wheel drive variant and $55,900 ($49,615) for the all-wheel drive model.
Since the powertrains carryover, the GT-Line is distinguished by a sportier exterior with power deployable door handles, additional body-color components, and a power sunroof. Buyers will also find a unique interior with a “D-shaped” steering wheel, “deluxe” scuff plates, and a revised dashboard. The model also sports an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink.
Furthermore, the EV6 GT-Line features additional safety equipment and driver assistance systems such as Highway Driving Assist 2. Customers will also find Auto Evasive Steering Assist, Remote Smart Parking Assist, and a Surround View Monitor. Rounding out the highlights are upgraded versions of Smart Cruise Control and Forward Collision Avoidance Assist.
The 2022 Kia EV6 is slated to arrive at dealerships in the coming weeks and we’ll have our first drive impressions at the end of the month.