Pricing for Kia’s EV6 will start at $42,115 when it goes on sale in the coming weeks – TechCrunch
Kia’s EV6, which shares a platform, battery, motors and more with Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, will start at $42,115 including a $1,215 destination charge, the company said. . That sum will get you the “lightweight” rear-wheel-drive (RWD) base model with a 167-horsepower motor and 58 kWh battery offering an EPA range of 232 miles. The model qualifies for a federal tax credit of $7,500, which would reduce the price to $34,615.
That’s $1,190 more than the Ioniq 5, if you keep score at home. While the two vehicles share the same platform and offer similar performance, the Ioniq 5 has a bolder, angular design, while the EV6 offers a more classic, rounded look.
Kia’s top-of-the-line EV6 models are dramatically increasing in price. The “Wind” RWD EV6 with the 77.4 kWh battery and 225 horsepower motor starts at $48,215, offering an EPA range of 310 miles. Meanwhile, the GT-Line RWD comes with more luxurious options but the same drivetrain and starts at $52,415. Wind and GT-Line models can be updated to all-wheel-drive (AWD) starting at $52,115 and $57,115, respectively. EPA range drops to 274 miles for both models, again eligible for $7,500 federal tax credits.
By comparison, Ford’s Mustang Mach-E starts at $44,995, while the Tesla Model 3 has an MSRP of $46,490 and the Volkswagen ID.4 is $39,995, all before any incentives.
During our test drive with the Ioniq 5, we found that Hyundai had produced a retro-futuristic winner that offers cutting-edge technology and is a joy to drive. Hopefully the EV6 will live up to that same standard – the first models should hit dealerships in the coming weeks.
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.