Kia has confirmed pricing for the new EV6, its first dedicated electric model that will arrive in October.
It will cost from £40,895 when ordering commences in May.
The crossover-style car will spearhead a new range of electric models from the brand, each wearing the ‘EV’ moniker. Six are expected to launch by 2027.
The EV6 offers a choice of fully-electric powertrain configurations, including long-range (77.4kWh) and standard-range (58kWh) high-voltage battery packs. There will also be two- and four-wheel-drive options with power outputs from 170PS.
The long-range EV6 (2WD) can travel up to 316 miles (WLTP) on a single charge.
A range-topping GT version, with all-wheel-drive, will deliver a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds and provide a maximum power output of 584PS
The car is capable of a high-speed charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes on all variations, or a top-up charge (62 miles of driving range) in less than four and a half minutes.
An Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) enables a new vehicle-to-load (V2L) function, which is capable of discharging energy from the vehicle battery. The V2L function can supply up to 3.6kW of power and is capable, as an example, of operating a 55-inch television and air conditioner simultaneously for more than 24 hours. The system is also able to charge another EV, if needed.
With more than 35% charge left in the battery, the EV6 can tow items weighing up to 1,600Kg.
It shares a platform with the upcoming Ioniq 5, and represents a new direction for Kia design and is expected to influence future models from the brand.
On the inside, it provides a driver-focused cockpit with two 12-inch high-definition screens.
Conventional switchgear for the heating and audio controls has been retained, along with haptic touch panels.
The EV6 will be priced from £40,895, while GT-line models start from £43,895. Pricing for the GT model starts from £58,295. More detailed UK specifications will be announced from May 2021.
Kia is accepting pre-orders for the new model now.