Kia’s EV6 offers new levels of usability

Kia claims that its new EV6 offers “a level of usability not seen before in its BEV segment”, thanks to the introduction of a series of innovative and high-tech features.

The brand boasts that its new EV can deliver a range of over 510 kilometres on a full charge and, combined with advanced 800V fast-charging capabilities, will enable a 10 to 80 per cent charge in just 18 minutes.

The EV6 will arrive in Ireland in early October and is available to order now, with prices starting at €50,000 (inc SEAI grant).

Based on Kia’s dedicated Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the brand says the EV6’s cabin benefits from class-leading interior space and functionality.

Front passengers are greeted by a lean, minimalist dashboard architecture that emphasises the cabin’s remarkable sense of space. With no need to house a central transmission tunnel, the EV6’s flat floor provides rear seat passengers with 990mm of leg room for exceptional comfort.

An innovative new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system further enhances front passenger comfort and interior space. By incorporating an HVAC architecture that is split between the inside and outside of the cabin, the size of the interior portion of the HVAC system is reduced by 55 per cent, according to Kia.

This optimal layout helps ensure a slimmer cockpit design and more space for front seat passengers, all while securing optimal cooling performance.

Kia says special relaxion seats enable the driver and front passenger to relax in supreme comfort and luxury when the EV6 is parked or charging.

At the touch of a button, the seats will lift and recline, optimising posture and body pressure distribution, while allowing occupants to stretch out, read a book or get some sleep. Their lightweight, slimline designs further enhance the EV6’s interior space.

Premium materials are used throughout the EV6’s cabin for a welcoming feel, while Kia says their selection has also been chosen for utmost durability. Sustainable materials have been used, from vegan leather trims to seat fabrics and floor carpet made using recycled plastics.

All of the EV6’s primary controls are located within easy reach of the driver for an intuitive driving experience. The vehicle’s space-saving Shift-By-Wire selector is conveniently placed alongside the EV6’s starter button on the centre console, while the sleek steering wheel integrates key ADAS switches for maximum operability.

Touch-type control switches for the EV6’s heated steering wheel and ventilated and heated seats are also within easy reach for optimal user convenience, the brand explains.

Kia highlights how the EV6’s clever storage solutions cater for all needs. A sizeable centre storage tray provides a convenient space for items such as small bags and tablets, while an integrated wireless charging pad enables users to charge their smartphones with ease. A usefully sized glovebox benefits from the split-HVAC architecture and delivers 10.5 litres of space, while the handy front and rear drinks holders provide added storage potential.

Generous trunk space afforded by the E-GMP architecture means that the EV6 is ready for the next adventure, providing 520 litres (VDA) of trunk space with the second-row seats in place.

With the 60:40 second-row seats folded, stowage capacity increases to approximately 1,300 litres. The EV6 also features a front trunk, providing an additional 52 litres of storage space for RWD models and 20 litres for AWD models, with enough space for the vehicle’s charging cable.

The EV6 is designed to tow up to 1,600kg when equipped with the 77.4kWh battery both in RWD and AWD configurations. For customers who opt for the 58kWh battery, the EV6 offers up to 750kg of towing capacity.

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