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2022 Kia EV6 Makes U.S. Debut With 576-HP GT Model

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Why should Ford Mustang Mach-E GT or Tesla Model Y owners have all the fun? That’s the question Kia might pose when the 2022 EV6, its first dedicated battery-electric vehicle, hits dealerships early next year. The new SUV has been revealed for the U.S., and although it’s very similar to its Hyundai Ioniq 5 cousin, the EV6 has one important distinction that performance-minded shoppers should note: Kia will offer a GT model that boasts 576 horsepower and a super-quick 0-60-mph time of 3.5 seconds. Both specs are good indications that the SUV should hold its own against the Model Y or Mustang Mach-E GT.

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The 2022 EV6 is built on new underpinnings shared between affiliated automakers Kia and Hyundai for a collective lineup of upcoming EVs. The setup is available with a single motor for rear-wheel drive or dual motors for all-wheel drive. The EV6’s long wheelbase matches that of the Kia Telluride at 114.2 inches, but its short overhangs give occupants maximum interior space while maintaining the SUV’s compact footprint.

After the 2022 EV6 made its global debut in March, Kia announced specs today for the U.S. version of the SUV. Those specs show competitive performance and range, as well as ultra-fast charging capabilities. 

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Performance

The EV6 will launch with two battery sizes: 58.0 kilowatt-hours, available in RWD only, and 77.4 kwh, available with both RWD and AWD. Most notable is the EV6 GT model, which tops out at 576 hp. Kia has not revealed torque figures for the EV6, but the estimated 0-60 time for the standard EV6 AWD models is 5.1 seconds, while the EV6 GT sprints from 0-60 in “less than” 3.5 seconds, the automaker says. (By comparison, the Mach-E GT Performance Edition and Model Y Performance each hit 60 mph in a manufacturer-estimated 3.5 seconds.)

2022 Kia EV6 Estimated Horsepower

  • RWD: 58.0-kwh battery with 160-kilowatt rear motor: 167 hp
  • RWD: 77.4-kwh battery with 160-kW rear motor: 218 hp
  • AWD: 77.4-kwh battery with 70-kW front and 160-kW rear motors: 313 hp 
  • AWD: 77.4-kwh battery with 160-kW front and 270-kW rear motors: 576 hp (GT)

Range and Charging

Kia says the 2022 EV6 with the larger 77.4-kwh battery will offer up to 300 miles of all-electric range, along with ultra-fast charging capabilities. (As of this writing, the EPA has yet to publish any official estimates.) Range figures for standard-range variants and specific trims will be announced closer to the EV6’s arrival. In comparison, the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s extended range tops out at 317 miles, while the Mach-E GT’s range drops to 250 miles maximum; the Model Y has advertised range between 303-326 miles as of this writing. 

The EV6 will support  400- and 800-volt DC charging, compatible with 50-kW to 350-kW chargers. With 800-volt DC fast charging from a 350-kW charger, the EV6 can add nearly 70 miles of range in less than five minutes or up to 210 miles (going to 80% from 10%) in less than 18 minutes, Kia says. This considerably undercuts Ford’s claim of 45 minutes to reach 80% from 10% on the Mustang Mach-E. When owners aren’t pressed for time, the EV6’s 11-kW onboard charger takes 7 hours, 10 minutes to charge the 77.4-kwh battery on a Level 2 connection.

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Release Date and First Edition

The 2022 EV6 is the first of 11 all-electric vehicles Kia plans to bring to market by 2026 as part of its electrification strategy (a global, not necessarily U.S., total). The first EV6 models will go on sale in early 2022 in all 50 states, but shoppers looking for the performance-focused EV6 GT will need to wait until late 2022.

Kia will offer a special EV6 First Edition model with advanced reservations beginning June 3. The First Edition has the dual-motor AWD setup and 77.4-kwh battery, plus unique exterior styling and features like the automaker’s augmented-reality head-up display and Remote Smart Parking Assist. 

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