- kia has released detailed u.s. specs for the 2022 ev6 electric crossover.
- the least powerful version has rear-wheel drive and 167 hp, while the performance gt model has all-wheel drive and 576 hp.
- the standard ev6 models will arrive in the u.s. early in 2022, with the gt arriving in late 2022.
when kia's new 2022 ev6 electric car arrives in the u.s., it will offer an extremely broad lineup including two battery-pack sizes, one- and two-motor configurations, and a ridiculously large horsepower spread. the least powerful ev6 has 167 horsepower while the most powerful gt version has more than three times as much, with 576 hp.
the base model has a single electric motor that powers the rear wheels and a 58.0-kwh battery pack. there's also a rear-wheel-drive ev6 with the larger 77.4-kwh battery pack that should offer the longest range of any model. kia claims that multiple configurations will meet its claim of 300 miles on a charge, but hasn't yet offered specific numbers.
the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive configuration requires opting for the larger battery pack. its front and rear electric motors provide a total of 313 horsepower, and kia claims it gets to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. the top-dog ev6 is the gt model, which has the 77.4-kwh battery pack and more powerful front and rear electric motors for a total of 576 hp. kia says it accelerates to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.
the ev6 will be able to charge at dc fast-chargers at up to 350 kilowatts, meaning it can add a claimed 70 miles of range in 5 minutes and go from 10 to 80 percent charge in 18 minutes, kia says.
a first edition model will be offered in three different color combinations: white with a green interior, yellow with a black interior, and matte grey with a black interior. it will be limited to 1500 units and reservations will open june 3. it has awd and the larger battery as standard and comes fully loaded with options such as a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels, and a premium audio system.
we expect the ev6 to start around $45,000 when it reaches u.s. showrooms early in 2022. the gt is likely to cost considerably more, possibly around $55,000.