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Kia announces pricing, range for 2022 EV6

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The 2022 EV6 will be Kia’s first dedicated all-electric vehicle. Yes, the Korean manufacturer already has the 2022 Niro EV, but the EV6 will be available only as an EV and kicks off a new naming convention for future electric vehicles. And, now we know how much it’s going to cost.

The EV6 at its base trim will have a starting MSRP of $40,900. However, if you take into account the fact the EV6 is eligible for the federal tax credit of $7,500, the price drops to $33,400. And according to Kia, the EV6 will be available in all 50 states.

Let’s take a closer look at this all-electric SUV including the pricing, range and trims.

2022 Kia EV6 pricing

The all-new EV6 will be offered in three trim levels:  Light, Wind and GT-Line.  The Light trim will be offered in rear-wheel drive while Wind and sporty GT-Line variants will be available in rear-wheel drive and Dual Motor e-AWD configurations.  The EV6 is expected to arrive in dealerships in the next few weeks.

Trim levels and pricing, excluding $1,215 destination, are as follows:

  • EV6 Light RWD: $40,900
  • EV6 Wind RWD: $47,000
  • EV6 Wind Dual Motor e-AWD: $50,900
  • EV6 GT-Line RWD: $51,200
  • EV6 GT-Line Dual Motor e-AWD: $55,900

Battery range for 2022 Kia EV6

Estimated range for the 320-horsepower EV6 will be 310 miles (maximum, dependent upon battery and drive wheels).

The battery and range breakdown for the 2022 Kia EV6 are as follows:

  • RWD: 58.0 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor yields 167 horsepower and AER of 232-miles (Light RWD)
  • RWD: 77.4 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor yields 225 horsepower and AER of 310-miles (Wind RWD, GT-Line RWD)
  • Dual Motor e-AWD: 77.4 kWh battery with a 74kW front motor and a 165kW rear motor yields 320 horsepower and AER of 274-miles (Wind AWD, GT-Line AWD)

For instances when a fast charge is desired (and available), the EV6 can be charged quickly, thanks to a patented multi-charging system, which supports 400v and 800v DC charging and works on DC chargers with speeds ranging from 50kW to 350kW.

“Offering EV6 customers over 300 miles of all-electric range per charge, combined with the ability to recharge quickly and efficiently, is foundational to the rollout of our Plan S Strategy that positions Kia as an EV leader,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America.

‘Opposites United’

Kia is aiming to have 11 all-new electrified models throughout the world by 2026, including the U.S. market. Starting with the EV6, Kia’s electric lineup will carry the “EV” designation followed by a number, which indicates the car’s position in the lineup. The EV6 is the first vehicle to use Kia’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) which provides battery versatility and enable the automaker to use this platform for sedans, crossovers and SUVs, like the EV6.

The architecture provides an adaptable foundation with a long wheelbase and wide stance. The EV6’s proportions unify Kia’s all-new “Opposites United” design language, which combines classic sports car inspiration with high-tech cues and a coupe-like profile.  The EV6 has the same 114.2-inch wheelbase as the Kia Telluride, and compares with the width of a Ford Mustang Mach E and the wheelbase of a Tesla Model Y.

The bottom line on the 2022 Kia EV6

This falls pretty much into line with other trends in the auto industry from the naming convention to the E-GMP platform. Automakers are finding ways to electrify their product lines but do so efficiently — underpinning multiple vehicles on one platform helps that cause. The EV6 naming also falls in line to what competitors like Mazda have started doing with its CX-30, CX-50 vehicles. The alphanumeric naming convention will help the consumer know which vehicle is bigger.

In theory, that will help make purchasing choices easier as we head toward a world of EVs.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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