By on May 18, 2021

2022 Kia EV6

New York City’s Times Square might be one of the most electrified places on the planet.

The place is festooned with electronic billboards and advertisements that run pretty much 24/7/365.

What better place for the unveiling of the 2022 Kia EV6?

We initially thought we’d see the car earlier this spring, but better late than never. Both the EV6 and EV6 GT were shown in Times Square, with the event being broadcast online around the world.

We’ve covered a lot of the highlights before, especially concerning the GT, but here’s a quick refresher for those too lazy to click the links.

2022 Kia EV6

The car — which Kia calls a crossover — rides on a platform called Electric-Global Modular (E-GMP) and has either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive with dual motors. An 800V system is capable of charging from 10 percent to 80 percent (up to 210 miles of range) in 18 minutes via a DC fast charger. Kia promises a maximum range of up to 300 miles from the available 77.4-kWh lithium-ion battery. Level 2 charging  for the 77.4-kWh battery will take 7 hours or so using the onboard charger

The wheelbase is equal to that of the brand’s popular Telluride three-row SUV and the car has a flat-floor design. GT models will make 576 horsepower and are targeting a 0-60 run of 3.5 seconds.

2022 Kia EV6

Some versions will come with a 58-kWh lithium-ion battery, instead. Horsepower on non-GT models is listed at 167 with the smaller battery and RWD, 218 with RWD and the larger battery, and 313 for AWD/dual-motor cars with the bigger battery.

Wheel sizes are 19-, 20-, or 21-inches.

As is often the case with EVs, brands want to show off tech that goes beyond the drivetrain. In this case, Kia is touting the car’s ability to power mobile devices and an augmented-reality head-up display that can present 3D images on the windshield. Oh, and the usual driver-assist tech, of course.

Fifteen-hundred First Edition models will be available for reservation on June 3, offering several key upgrades and optional features, including 20-inch wheels, premium audio, satellite radio, the AR head-up display, badging with the production number, and remote parking assist. These cars will be AWD.

2022 Kia EV6

The EV6 (don’t make a heart in a blender reference, don’t make a heart in a…) is a sleek little thing, and interesting styling cues include sequential headlights, flush door handles, a deck that also serves as a spoiler, and a rear cluster that spans the width of the car (I believe a certain staffer calls that heckblende).

Other key elements include the news that the E-GMP platform is rear-drive biased, a five-link rear suspension, a structure that is 75 percent high-strength or ultra-high-strength steel, an integrated drive axle (which Kia claims is a world first), and underfloor mounting for the battery.

An EV press release wouldn’t be complete without a reference to vegan interior materials and recycled plastics, and those things are available.

2022 Kia EV6

More from the features list: Hands-free power tailgate, dual infotainment screens, Bluetooth, wireless cell-phone charging, UVO infotainment, an in-car payment system for use with retail stores, Wi-Fi, smart navigation, smartwatch syncing, weather information, last-mile navigation for on-foot directions, smart speaker integration, and voice controls.

Available driver-assist tech includes 360-degree camera, parking-collision avoidance, rear-occupant alert, blind-spot assist, safe-exit assist, driver-attention warning, forward-collision avoidance (including variants for pedestrian, lane-change, and intersection collision-avoidance), high-beam assist, a system that allows for highway following, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, and speed-limit assist.

Expect most models to reach dealers by early next year, with the GT arriving in late 2022.

[Images: Kia]

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29 Comments on “2022 Kia EV6: Right Down Broadway...”

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    I would swallow my pride.

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    Kia can call it a crossover if it helps them sell cars, but I know a hatchback when I see one. At least it’s a cool RWD hatchback.

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    “The wheelbase is equal to that of the brand’s popular Telluride three-row SUV”


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    One day when there are real EV “gas stations” and you can plug in for 18 minutes to go from 10 to 80 percent, or about 210 of your 300 mile range, well, that will be good. Mean time, charging at home, where you’ll get a much better rate, you’re limited by your homes typical 240V, 200A split phase system. At 100% your homes electric service can deliver about 38kW – and less than half would be available – of power vs. 350kW or so from these super duper fast chargers – 10 houses worth of power output. So charging at home will always be slow no matter what the car can accept (some homes do have a 400A service, but most do not).
    Level 2, seven hours. Or go find a fast charger, somewhere, hopefully unoccupied. Bring a book just in case.

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      Why do you care if charging at home is slow, so long as it’s fast enough to charge overnight? Plug it in when you get home, unplug when you leave.

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        Not making a judgement, not a criticism. Just pointing out that at home, available power is a problem. Unless you have a giant transformer, which is going to cost you more than the car, charging will always be slow.
        I’m about to have service installed at some land I bought. 2300V single phase line in the community. I’ll pay about $1300 including deposit to hang a transformer that will give me a 240V, 200A service. That’s the industry’s standard. Realistically you can’t spare more than about 10 or 15kW at your home unless you really do something special. Fast charging will always be something reserved for fast charger. And that’s okay. Once there are enough of them, if that’s what is actually going to happen, then you’ll be able to drive an EV anywhere care free.
        However, charging stations, like gas stations, are like tables in a restaurant. Your ability to serve a lot of customers depends on how long each one stays. The longer dwell time of an EV means that you need more chargers in order to serve the same numbers customers. The country will need a LOT of fast chargers.

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        dal, not everyone does 9 to 5 and only that.

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          If you sleep a reasonable amount, you have enough time to recharge in the vast majority of use cases. You don’t need to live a 9 to 5 lifestyle.

          People in these discussions love to pretend they are driving 500 miles every day without ever sleeping.

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      The use case that would require, after a journey of 250 miles, an immediate recharge, at home, in 18 minutes to allow a quick departure to drive another 250 miles is so rare as to be completely irrelevant.

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        It wouldn’t need to be “another 250 miles”. It would only need to be another “25 miles”.

        I don’t agree that it’s “completely irrelevant” that if you arrive at home with your range depleted then you’ll be stuck at home for at least an hour. However, more widely available public charging will solve that issue.

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      I’m based near Boston. With a meaningful 300-mile range, I could make it as far as New York, Killington VT or Mount Desert Island, ME on a single charge for a weekend trip; anything farther and I’d likely fly anyway. Obviously, on a daily commute, range is pretty much irrelevant for most of today’s EVs.

      If I were still based in California and regularly driving between LA, San Francisco, Vegas and Tahoe, it would be a much less viable option.

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    This is what would happen if a second-gen Nissan Leaf went into seclusion and spent two years working out several hours per day. Looks nice.

    The new Kia logo is even uglier than the old one, though.

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    Lord if there ever was a band I didn’t want injected back into my brain…I like the Kia EV6 very much. I just did a full comparison on a Dutch site to the VW ID.4 and I was a bit surprised at how similar they are. The Kia looks more wagony than SUV to me in the photos. The Kia is a little slower and the range is slightly less, but it does have a much better fast charge capability, is overall equipped the same, but costs a good 4000 euros less. I own two classic VWs but I think the ID.4 is just awful to look at.

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    So this is the Kia version of that Ioniq5. The Ioniq looks much better, I think I’d have that instead.

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    Just noticed one detail no one is talking about. Look at the seats. Is that the old suede-like material from the 1980s that was comfortable and wore like iron (which some deridingly called “mouse-fur”) instead of the usual thin cheap cloth we’ve had to endure for the last 30 years?!? Can it be?!? A return to actual upholstery!?!?

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    I don’t know which is uglier the new logo or this bland looking hatch thing. Malaise era II here we come!

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