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The KIA EV6 is coming to NZ

The stunning, fully electric Kia EV6 will feature super-car performance, extra-long range, ultra-fast charging ability and it’s coming to New Zealand.

In yet another electrifying product announcement from Kia, full details of the company’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle have been revealed today in a Covid-compliant international web launch, along
with plans for the EV6 to go on sale later this year.

Kia is expecting interest to be huge following three weeks of teasing various pieces of information on the forthcoming EV6, including photos that showed it to be a sleek and charismatic five-door cross-over, unlike any other vehicle developed by the brand. Those EV6 photos promise much and the latest information reveals that the new Kia will more-than deliver, with exhilarating performance.

“It’s a very exciting car and it’s size is ideally suited to the New Zealand market – the wheelbase is similar to that of our Sorento large SUV, so it will be a spacious and comfortable vehicle,” says Todd McDonald, Managing Director of Kia New Zealand.

The EV6 – Kia’s first car to be based on the company’s dedicated new platform for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) – has much more to offer.

The pioneering SUV will come with a choice of multiple long-range, zero-emissions powertrain
configurations. Top versions will boast a range of 510 kilometres, among the longest of any EV currently on the market. The 800V charging capability means EV6 can go from 10-to-80% battery charge in just 18 minutes on a DC system.

And Italian supercars watch out – a GT version of the Kia EV6, equipped with twin electric motors and all-wheel-drive is engineered to thrill, accelerating from 0-to-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 260 km/h.

That performance truly lives up to the new Kia brand slogan, ‘Movement that inspires’, which was launched recently as part of the brand’s transition to a new era of electrification. Under the new strategy, BEV sales will make up 40% of Kia’s total global sales by 2030.

EV6 is the first of 11 new BEV models to come from Kia by 2026 – seven built on E-GMP
architecture, and four derivative EVs based on existing models.

“EV6 is the embodiment of the new Kia,” Ho Sung Song, Kia’s President & CEO.

“It is born to inspire every journey, through bold design, progressive engineering, innovative technologies and exciting electric performance. EV6 also represents the beginning of Kia’s long-term commitment to sustainable mobility, accelerating the transition not only to clean transportation, but also products, materials and manufacturing.”

The EV6 was designed under the brand’s new design philosophy ‘Opposites United’, which takes inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and the human world. At the centre of the design philosophy is a new visual identity evoking positive forces and natural energy, with contrasting combinations of sharp stylistic elements and sculptural shapes. While the EV6 is designed with a long wheelbase of 2,900mm, the exterior dimensions are still
compact, with short overhangs, so it will still comfortably fit within garage and parking building spaces.

It is packed with intelligent and flexible interior features and an abundance of cabin storage areas, including 520 litres (VDA) of boot space with the second-row seats in place. With the second-row seats folded down, stowage capacity increases to approximately 1,300 litres. There’s also an additional 52 litres of space under the bonnet in 2WD models and 20 litres for AWD models.

Equipped with 430 kW dual motors, the top-of the-range EV6 GT takes electric performance to another level. With a maximum 740 Nm torque from its twin electric motors mounted front and rear, the AWD GT version accelerates from 0-to-100 km/h in an eye-watering 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 260 km/h.

Dave McLeodhttps://aws.tarmaclife.co.nz
New Zealand motoring editor/journalist and published author. Besotted with cars and the experiences they give. I'm a family guy with a bark that's bigger than my bite and prefer football over rugby any day of any week.

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