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2022 Kia EV6: Tech and options overview | Autocar India

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The Kia EV6 will get a number of high-tech options like an augmented actuality heads-up show and ADAS tech. We carry you an in depth look.

Revealed On Could 31, 2022 08:00:00 AM

Kia EV6 tech review

Kia has began accepting bookings for his or her first-ever electrical automobile for India – the EV6 crossover for a token quantity of Rs Three lakh. The EV6 is a radically styled crossover from Kia, which is predicated on the Hyundai group’s E-GMP electrical structure. Being a flagship EV mannequin from Kia, the EV6 packs cutting-edge expertise. With the assistance of tech specialists from Stuff India, we carry you an in-depth overview of all of the tech on provide and the way it works in the actual world.

2022 Kia EV6: inside tech, infotainment display screen and audio system

Step contained in the effectively laid-out cabin and what strikes your consideration immediately are a pair of 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screens that are curved and angled in the direction of the driving force. Additionally attention-grabbing is the floating heart console that frees up a number of sensible space for storing. We additionally like how Kia has retained bodily knobs for the HVAC and media quantity.

The enchantment of the cabin is additional heightened by parts like 64-colour ambient lighting, a textured dashboard design and a perfectly constructed drive selector dial. The EV6 makes use of recycled PET for a lot of the trim panels and vegan leather-based for the heated and cooled seats. Thus, the cabin will not be solely large on tech, but in addition excessive on the sustainability quotient.

One attention-grabbing bit we discovered was that the HVAC and infotainment system share a contact panel and you need to toggle between modes (HVAC-Infotainment) to entry their capabilities. It’s modern, however a bit unsafe and cumbersome to make use of as you need to take your eyes off the street to see what mode the panel is in, then toggle it if wanted after which enter your command. 

The EV6’s heads-up show boasts of a little bit social gathering trick – it options augmented actuality with turn-by-turn navigation indicators, site visitors alerts and extra. Like most premium EVs, Kia gives driving modes that are simple to entry. In reality, the entire cabin feels ergonomically sorted, though Kia may have given charging ports on each side of the automobile just like the Audi e-tron.

Kia has ‘engineered’ seems like Cyborg, Dynamic and Commonplace which can be piped by the 14-speaker Meridian audio system contained in the automobile, however none of them sound actually particular. They’re amusing at greatest, and higher left turned off. The Meridian system is healthier utilised simply as a sound system because the audio high quality is sensible with nice depth, readability and punch, all of which is customisable by way of the Meridian customized sound menu. 

2022 Kia EV6: ADAS, charging and battery tech

The tech within the EV6 is not only restricted to fancy screens. The automobile will get Superior Driver Help Programs (ADAS) options like entrance collision avoidance, lane hold help, and adaptive cruise management, preserving you protected even for those who get barely distracted. The encompass view digital camera has a superb decision picture and reveals up in your Kia Join cellphone app.

The crossover will get a full suite of USB C, USB A, a 12V socket and even a full-blown 16A 3-pin energy outlet below the rear seat to cost your laptop computer or exterior units like a projector, fridge or tenting tools! This Car-to-Load functionality is feasible on account of a bigger 77.4kWh battery pack that has sufficient energy to not solely energy different units, but in addition top-up one other EV in an emergency. Car-to-Car charging occurs at a a lot slower fee and is just meant to get one other EV out of a sticky state of affairs. However with charging infrastructure nonetheless scarce and vary anxiousness nonetheless a factor, it may discover some use.

The EV6 will be charged by way of a 350kW DC quick charger with Kia claiming it may cost from 10 to 80 p.c in 18 minutes. A extra life like 50kWh quick charger delivers a claimed 10 to 80 p.c cost in a decent 75 minutes.

2022 Kia EV6: rivals and positioning

Primarily based on Hyundai group’s E-GMP electrical structure, the Kia EV6 slots neatly between the MG ZS EV and different costly EVs just like the Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC and the upcoming Volvo XC40 Recharge. Costs for the Kia EV6 are anticipated to be within the area of Rs 55 to Rs 60 lakh when its launched on June 2.

Its major rival, the XC40 Recharge will include options like wi-fi charging, related automobile tech, powered entrance seats with reminiscence perform and a full vary of ADAS tech enabling Stage 2 Autonomous driving. Volvo may also offer a Harman Kardon sound system and Apple CarPlay.

By way of tech, EVs on each ends of the spectrum (MG ZS EV and Audi e-tron) are effectively geared up. The ZS EV will get options like a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 360-degree digital camera, and drive help options like lane change help and rear cross site visitors alert and MG’s i-Good related automobile tech. The e-tron will get options like a ‘Digital Cockpit’ instrument cluster, adaptive air suspension, four-zone local weather management system and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system on larger variants.

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