In January 2023, jurors offered the Kia EV6 with the 2023 North American Utility Car of The Yr (NACTOY) award. Kia America at this time debuted a restricted version EV6 at The Quail with bespoke visible components to commemorate the achievement.
The particular version could be restricted to only 1,000 items. Kia is providing a model-specific paint known as Deep Forest Inexperienced to make it stand aside. The EV6 can even characteristic blacked-out exterior components together with wheel arches, aspect skirts, and mirrors – these are bits borrowed from the EV6 Wind variant, mentioned Kia America.
It should borrow the 20-inch alloy wheels and sunroof from the EV6 GT-Line. Inside, the limited-run electrical crossover would characteristic NACTOY medallions and a “teaser silhouette” of the automobile subsequent to the gear selector, mentioned Kia America because the trim made its Monterey Automobile Week debut.
Powering the restricted version EV6 could be the all-wheel-drive GT-Line’s motors. Its entrance and rear motors will ship a mixed 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque, deriving power from the 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery that Hyundai Motor Group additionally makes use of on its different E-GMP-based EVs just like the Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60 amongst others.
Costs might be revealed nearer to the automobile’s on-sale date later this 12 months. “It is a automobile that jurors discovered superior to different electrical autos in some ways, together with driving dynamics, worth, and skill to cost rapidly,” mentioned Jeff Gilbert, the president of North American Automobile Truck and Utility of the Yr.
NACTOY contains 50 automotive journalists from the US and Canada related to varied publications. They consider automobiles yearly based mostly on innovation, design, security, efficiency, know-how, consumer expertise, driver satisfaction, and worth. Autos are then put by means of their paces all year long, adopted by three rounds of voting.
The bottom Kia EV6 rear-wheel-drive begins at $42,600 within the US (as of August 17, 2023), and the costs stretch as much as $61,600 for the 576 hp GT model.
Its gross sales have not picked up in comparison with a few of its rivals. The year-to-date US gross sales amounted to 10,265 items, down 28 % year-over-year. The EV6 doesn’t qualify for the $7,500 tax credit score. Though, consumers would possibly discover worth within the lease choices relying on the place they stay.