Reservations for the Kia EV6 are expected to start later this month, with its launch expected to take place in August this year.
Kia will be taking its first steps into the electric vehicle space in the Indian car market very soon. The South Korean automaker will officially begin reservations for the electric crossover around the end of May, and a few units are currently being readied for media campaigns, which will also take place later this month.
Kia EV6 will be introduced in the Indian market via CBU import, in limited numbers thus avoiding homologation. Only 100 units will be sold in the country in 2022, and that too with a very high price tag (around Rs. 60 lakh, ex-showroom, according to estimates). The pricing announcement, however, is expected to take place later this year, in August.
In international markets, Kia EV6 is offered in three versions, namely Standard Range, Long Range and GT. The standard version is powered by a 58 kWh battery, with a peak power rating of 170 PS/350 Nm for the 2WD variant and 235 PS/605 Nm for the 4WD variant.
The long-range version gets a larger 77.4 kWh battery, rated at 228 PS/350 Nm for the 2WD variant and 325 PS/605 Nm for the 4WD variant. As for the top-of-the-range GT version, it is only available in 4WD configuration, with a peak power of 585 hp and 740 Nm, powered by a 77.4 kWh battery.
In the Indian market, only the GT version should be offered. Kia EV6 GT delivers brilliant performance, with a claimed acceleration time of just 3.5 seconds for the 0-100 km/h run. Many features and equipment will be offered, including a dual-screen setup on the dash (consisting of two 12.3-inch curved screens, one for the instrument console and one for the infotainment touchscreen) .
Interestingly, Hyundai also plans to launch Ioniq 5 in India, using the CBU import route. Hyundai Ioniq 5 is based on the same E-GMP architecture as Kia EV6, and there are many similarities between the two, as well as many major differences.
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