2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line AWD Is Comfortable, Composed, and Quick

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2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line AWD Is Comfortable, Composed, and Quick

We liked the Kia Imagine concept, which debuted at the 2019 Geneva auto show. It was well proportioned, with taillights evoking the Kia Stinger and an oversized variation of the brand’s “tiger nose” grille. But it seemed to fall somewhat short of the almost limitless potential afforded by the Hyundai Group’s flexible E-GMP electric platform. When Kia decided to fast-forward it into production, design chief Luc Donckerwolke ordered a comprehensive redesign. He placed a group of designers in a remote location in Bavaria and left them with a model of the Lancia Stratos for inspiration.

Seems his approach worked: With its slim and low front end, long greenhouse, sculpted fenders, and an ultra-aggressive rear end with surprising light effects, the Kia EV6 looks unlike anything else on the road. And that includes its closest siblings, the retro-futuristic Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the softly styled Genesis GV60. The Kia EV6 does pay homage to the Stratos—not just its tail end, but also the helmet-like greenhouse.

This spring, the Kia EV6 is hitting the U.S. market in three trim levels: The EX RWD comes with a 58.0-kWh battery and 167 horsepower from a rear motor; the EX+ RWD and GT-Line RWD are fitted with a 77.4-kWh battery and get 225 horsepower from the same motor; and the EX+ AWD and GT-Line AWD keep the 77.4-kWh battery and add a front motor for a total of 320 horsepower. (A 576-hp GT is set to arrive later.) The 320-hp GT-Line AWD is the model we just drove in Europe, and we’re told it will be virtually identical to the U.S.-market version.

 

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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