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Kia has revealed that its new range-topping EV6 electric car will be available from £40,895.

The new model will spearhead Kia’s EV range, and is the first model to be based on the firm’s E-GMP platform which has been specifically designed for electric vehicles. It’s the first ‘electric-only’ model from Kia, too.

All versions of the EV6 crossover in the UK will come with a 77.4kWh battery that allows for an electric range of up to 316 miles. It’ll also be one of the fastest-charging electric cars on the market, with the model being able to charge from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes using the quickest chargers.

Prices for the EV6 start from £40,895, which buys a rear-wheel-drive model with a 226bhp electric motor. Standard equipment is generous, though, including 19-inch alloy wheels, black vegan leather upholstery and heated front seats.

The GT-Line is available from £43,895, though an all-wheel-drive model is available from £47,395 – this adding a second electric motor that takes the power up to £47,395. This adds a sportier looks, leather and suede upholstery, wireless smartphone charging and blind spot monitoring.

For the time being, a GT-Line S trim heads up the range, being priced from £48,395 in rear-wheel-drive guise, or £51,895 with a dual electric motor setup. This adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a Meridian sound system and panoramic sunroof.

Kia will also introduce a flagship GT model next year, which aims to rival the Tesla Model 3 Performance with its astonishing 577bhp power figure, which allows a 0-60mph time of just 3.3 seconds. This will bring bucket seats, 21-inch wheels and performance features like an electronic limited-slip differential and electrically controlled suspension. Prices for the GT are yet to be revealed.

First deliveries of the EV6 are expected in October.

Ted Welford

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May 4, 2021