2022 Kia EV6
The 2022 Kia EV6 electric crossover has made its debut, and this innovative vehicle is every bit as game-changing as expected. Built on the new E-GMP platform, the EV6 signifies the start of Kia’s “Plan S” strategy, which calls for their model lineup to include 11 EVs by 2026. The E-GMP architecture, which was developed specifically for these EVs, is characterized by spaciousness, starting with mounting the battery under the floor, which allows for a low center of gravity and optimal vehicle stability.
Kia is also using ultra-high-strength steel to provide a structure that’s as light as it is robust. It also features the world’s first mass-produced integrated drive axle (IDA) to improve ride comfort and handling. The EV6 showcases Kia’s next-level “Opposites United” design, where the key characteristics are a “Digital Tiger” grille (owing to the automaker’s novel tiger-nose design), headlights with a consecutive dynamic light pattern, a high rear deck that functions as the vehicle’s spoiler, and a visually striking cross-car layout for the rear lights.
Trims and Power Source
The 2022 Kia EV6 is a five-passenger electric crossover that’s available in three trims: Light, Wind, and GT-Line. The Light gets a 58.0 kWh battery (167 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque) while the Wind and GT-Line move up to a 77.4 kWh battery (225 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque). The Light comes as RWD only, but buyers of the two higher trims can choose between the standard rear-wheel drivetrain and the available all-wheel drivetrain. AWD models get an additional motor for the front axle and therefore produce more power – 320 hp and 446 lb.-ft. of torque – and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. The EV6 has a maximum towing capacity of up to 2,300 pounds.
Range and Charging
The EPA-estimated drive range of the Light is 232 miles per charge. The range of the AWD Wind and GT-Line climbs to 274 miles, but those same models with RWD boast a drive range of 310 miles. When it’s plugged in to a compatible 800-volt DC fast charger, the EV6 can gain 217 miles in a mere 18 minutes. You’ll even be able to use the EV6 as a charger for other electric devices, like your phone, laptop, home appliances, camping equipment, and so on.
Amenities by Trim
The Light is equipped with LED illumination, a “frunk” (an abbreviation of “front trunk”), heated and power-folding side mirrors with position memory and turn-signal indicators, rain-sensing wipers, and Smart Key, which lets you lock/unlock the doors without using the key fob. It also has push-button ignition, upholstery in a blend of recycled fabric and vegan leather, a power-adjustable driver’s seat (also with memory), heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, selectable drive modes (normal, sport, comfort, and snow), dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback. For keeping everyone juiced up and connected, Kia has supplied a wireless phone charger and five USB ports (four USB-C charging and one USB-A media).
The RWD Wind adds a hands-free tailgate, a vehicle-to-load external charging port, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, and ventilated front seats. When it’s equipped with AWD, the Wind also gets a heated steering wheel and a range-preserving heat pump. The sport-forward GT-Line is visually distinct with exclusive exterior styling elements and a panoramic moonroof. It also has auto-extending door handles, a 3D augmented reality (AR) head-up display, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, vegan leather and suede seats, a convenient chauffeur switch for the front passenger’s seat, a sport-design steering wheel, alloy pedals, and metal door-sill scuff plates. Like the AWD Wind, the AWD GT-Line is provided with the heated steering wheel and heat pump.
Advanced Driving Aids
Every ’22 EV6 trim has a substantial assortment of active safety technologies. The Light comes with forward collision-avoidance assist with object and junction turning detection, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, adaptive cruise control with speed limit assist, safe exit warning, rear parking sensors, and rear occupant alert. The RWD Wind gains front parking sensors, while the AWD Wind gets a live-feed blind-spot view monitor, reverse automatic braking, a surround-view camera system with a 3D view, and Remote Smart Parking Assist. The RWD and AWD versions of the GT-Line are loaded up with an enhanced forward collision system with evasive steering and oncoming lane change detection, as well as adaptive cruise control with machine learning.
Infotainment and Communication
As far as multimedia technologies, the Light has two blue-light-filtering 12.3-inch curved touchscreens equipped with smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Bluetooth for hands-free phone operation and audio streaming, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system. The Wind and GT-Line add navigation and a top-quality Meridian 14-speaker audio system with an external amplifier and subwoofer.