The new electric SUV is due in showrooms in February 2022.
A batch of 2022 Kia EV6 electric SUVs has arrived in Australia, ahead of the first customer deliveries next month.
Drive understands the three vehicles – which were spotted by a reader on a truck near Melbourne’s CBD earlier this week – are destined for a promotional event at the Australian Open, of which Kia is a major sponsor.
The vehicle will form part of the internationally-broadcasted tournament’s official fleet – in addition to a range of other Kia models, which have previously included Carnival people movers and Sorento large SUVs.
Local pricing and specifications are also expected to be announced at some point during the event.
The zero-emission SUV is slated to arrive in local showrooms in the second half of February 2022.
“A small number of Kia EV6 vehicles have been produced to be included in the Australian Open fleet which will be handed over to Tennis Australia later this week,” a local spokesperson for the manufacturer told Drive.
“Further details on specifications will be announced during the Australian Open with the official launch (base and GT-Line) scheduled for later in quarter one.”
Underpinned by the same platform as sister brand Hyundai‘s Ioniq 5 SUV, the EV6 will be offered at launch in Australia with a choice of two variants (base and GT-Line), with one 77.4kWh long-range battery pack and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive layouts – capable of up to 528km of claimed range.
The high-performance GT will arrive in late 2022 or early 2023, featuring dual motors that send 430kW/740Nm to the road, allowing the 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 3.5 seconds.
A 77.4kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack permits a maximum range of 400km.
While pricing is yet to be locked in, overseas markets suggest the vehicle will likely start from approximately $75,000 for a ‘standard’ rear-wheel-drive model Down Under, increasing to nearly $100,000 for the GT.
Last year the world’s number-six tennis player Rafael Nadal announced a partnership with the Korean car maker, and revealed he was driving an EV6 as his daily car.
You can read Drive’s review of the prototype by clicking here.