2022 Kia EV6: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - April 8, 2021

Model Preview

Kia has long been a tinkerer in the EV world, releasing all-electric versions of several vehicles, including the Soul. But it’s never had a dedicated EV vehicle in the U.S. That’s all set to change with the unveiling of the upcoming 2022 Kia EV6.

The 2022 Kia EV6 will be a compact crossover built atop the brand’s all-new dedicated EV platform. It’ll feature a sleek and low-slinging silhouette, almost reminiscent of the Jaguar I-Pace. It’ll also gain a new take on the brand’s signature “tiger face.” Dubbed the “digital tiger face,” this new nose will feature sleek and modern daytime running lights with a sequential pattern and a visually widening lower ait intake.

The profile angle is where its I-Pace inspiration is clear, with its low-slung roofline and forward-leaning hatchback. It’ll also feature a character line that flows from the base of the doors to the rear wheel arches. You’ll also notice black A-, B-, and C-pillars, which give it a reversed floating roof design.

This compact EV crossover will measure 184.3 inches long, 74.4 inches wide, and 61 inches tall in its base trim. The GT-Line will be a little longer at 184.8 inches, and the GT trim will be longer and lower at 184.8 inches and 60.8 inches tall. All three trims will ride atop a 114.2-inch wheelbase.

Inside, the 2022 EV6 will boast a suitably modern interior, but Kia pulled back a bit to avoid taking things too futuristic. It’ll boast a two-post steering wheel with the all-new Kia emblem front and center, a simple dash, heavily bolstered front seats, a curved infotainment screen, and more.

Inside, it’ll offer 18.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats in place and 45.9 cubes with the rear seats folded. There’s also a frunk – front trunk – that offers an extra 1.8 cubic feet in two-wheel-drive models and 0.7 cubic feet in all-wheel-drive models.

Kia EV6

Under the 2022 Kia EV6’s skin will be an all-electric powertrain that’ll deliver up to 577 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque in the range-topping AWD GT trim. This will sprint it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds and up to a 162-mph top speed.

The base EV6 with the standard-range 58-kWh battery and rear-wheel drive will deliver 168 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. Move to the all-wheel-drive version, and it gains a motor producing 232 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque, which will push it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.2 seconds.

Bump up to the long-range 77.4-kWh battery pack, and the EV6 will travel 316 miles on a charge. Plus, the base output will jump to 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with rear-wheel drive and 321 hp and 446 lb-ft with all-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive and the long-range battery, the EV6 will hit 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds

Charging will come via an ultra-fast 800-volt system that’ll take it from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes, and the two-wheel-drive model with the 77.4-kWh battery reaches a 100-km range in less than 4.5 minutes.

The 2022 EV6 will have a full assortment of Kia Drive Wise safety features, including lane-following assist, adaptive cruise control, remote parking, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

Kia expects to have the 2022 EV6 in showrooms in the second half of 2021, but preorders opened on March 30, 2021 in some areas.

There is no pricing available for the 2022 Kia EV6 yet, but we’d expect a starting MSRP of around $40,000.

This EV crossover will battle the Jaguar I-Pace, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Tesla Model Y.

Pictured: 2022 Kia EV6

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