NEXT STAGE: New in 2022
Kia's first dedicated battery-electric vehicle, the EV6 crossover, will come to the U.S. with two battery options when it launches in early 2022. The EV6 will go on sale in all 50 states early next year, Kia said, but the performance GT version won't show up until late 2022.
The base powertrain on the EV6 will feature a 58-kilowatt-hour battery with a rear motor that puts out a modest 167 hp. Kia didn't give an estimated range for the base battery.
The next level up for the powertrain is a 77.4-kWh battery with a rear motor that puts out 218 hp. The all-wheel-drive version will have front and rear motors with 313 hp total.
The performance GT version of the compact EV6 will combine the 77.4-kWh battery with more powerful front and rear electric motors for a total of 576 hp.
Kia estimates a maximum range of about 300 miles on the EPA cycle for at least one version offered with the bigger battery in the U.S. but noted that EPA certification is not expected until late this year.
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