Kia’s first ever fully-electric vehicle for India is its global flagship car that has been developed from the grounds up as an EV
Kia India has announced that its first ever electric offering for India, the EV6 will go on sale in the country on June 02. The announcement comes after the previous one wherein the car maker said that bookings for the EV6 will open on May 26. The Korean car maker is just three years old in the Indian market but has already launched four successful models here, including the Seltos, Carnival, Sonet and Carens in that order. Interestingly though, while all these models are manufactured locally at its Anantapur plant in Andhra Pradesh and categorised as ‘mass market’ or volume cars, the EV6 will be the most premium offering from Kia Motors in India. More importantly, the EV6 will come via the CBU route and only 100 units of the car will be made available for Indian buyers.
The Kia EV6 boasts a very sporty design and is the first Kia product to developed from the grounds up as an electric vehicle, unlike the Kia e-Niro and Kia Soul EV that are sold in the international market and were first launched as internal combustion engine powered vehicles and then as EVs. Based on the E-GMP platform developed specifically for electric vehicles, the EV6 thus has several advantages to it. Kia India will launch the rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the EV6 in India, powered by the larger, 77.4kWh battery pack, though internationally the EV6 is offered with a less powerful, 58kWh battery pack too.
Claimed range per charge for the RWD variant will be over 500km, while the AWD version is expected to offer around 425km per charge. The RWD version will offer 229PS and 350Nm from a single electric motor powering the rear wheels while the AWD version uses two electric motors, one on each axle and offers a sportscar-rivalling 325PS and 605Nm. Given the car’s positioning, the CBU route and overall packaging, expect the Kia EV6 to retail from Rs 60 lakh ex-showroom onwards at launch.