Buyers in the UK may now reserve Kia’s new electric car, the EV6, ahead of deliveries beginning later in autumn. Pricing sets the EV outside the range of the plug-in car grant (PiCG) with even the baseline EV6 starting from £40,895 (47,925 euros).
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The sports-inspired EV6 GT-line models start from £43,895, while pricing for the high-performance GT model costs from £58,295. More detailed UK specifications will be announced from May 2021. UK deliveries of the new Kia EV6 will commence from October 2021, with the EV6 GT to follow in 2022.
Kia UK for now opened pre-reservations, meaning prospective buyers may register their interest. The deposit of £100 secures an early ordering slot in May and is fully refundable, says Kia. Early birds may also sign up for one year’s free subscription to KiaCharge Plus, alongside access to Ionity’s pan-European ultra-rapid EV charging network.
The Kia EV6 is the company’s first electric car utilising the e-GMP platform that it shares with Hyundai’s Ioniq 5. The platform runs with 800V for ultra-fast charging. Buyers have a choice of multiple zero-emission powertrain configurations, including a long-range (77.4kWh) battery pack capable of travelling over 510 kilometres (316 miles) on a single charge, Kia specifies.
When presenting the new Kia EV6 at the end of March, Kia executives positioned it in the premium segment and a technology flagship with a nod to performance. More mainstream models will follow using the same architecture. The EV6 is the first of eleven new BEV models from Kia by 2026 – seven built on E-GMP architecture and four derivative EVs based on existing models. In the longer term, Kia wants electrified cars to make up 40 per cent of total sales by 2030. Pure electric car sales should comprise 880,000 units in 2030.
Update 12 October 2021
The first Kia EV6 units will be delivered to their respective UK customers commencing 25 October 2021. Kia has received 1,500 orders for the EV6, and it expects to be able to deliver 1,000 of those before the end of 2021. Three trim levels are currently available to order with the entry-level ‘EV6 Air’ joined by the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. However, the fastest version, the Kia EV6 GT, won’t arrive in the UK until Q4 2022, meaning it’s still a year away from landing on the Isles.
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