Kia Launches New EV6 Variant, It Offers Better Range for Less Money

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The 2024 Kia EV6 is now getting a new version, which brings along more range for less money. The new trim has already been confirmed for the US market.
Kia is offering customers what they are after: more for the money they pay. This is why they have come up with a new version of the EV6 compact crossover, which entered production last year. Dubbed the Kia EV6 Light Long Range, it will be available with the larger 77.4-kWh battery pack but will cost $2,750 less than what used to be the most affordable EV with the big battery sporting the next trim in the lineup, Wind, which starts at $48,700.

The new Kia EV6 Light Long Range will start at $45,950, including destination fees, which is $3,350 more than the standard version.

For the money, customers are getting a single motor in a rear-wheel drive setup. The Light trim was previously available only with the smaller 58-kWh battery pack, which provides it with an EPA-estimated range of up to 232 miles (373 kilometers). That one can be ordered for $43,925. Meanwhile, the EV6 Light Long Range can drive as far as 310 miles (499 kilometers).

For $3,900 more, customers can get the dual-motor all-wheel drive version, with a starting price of $49,8550. That becomes the most affordable AWD Kia EV6 in the lineup, undercutting the EV6 Wind e-AWD by $2,750.

Kia USA confirmed to Green Car Report that the new EV6 Light Long Range and EV6 Light will be available all across the country. It also comes with a price below that of the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, which now starts at $45,990. It’s $40, but knowing Tesla and considering that in the US, customers are still getting the pre-update Model 3, prices might drop once again.

The Light trim brings along 19-inch alloys in dark gray finish and LED headlights and taillights. There are heated front seats on board, with the driver’s seat sporting the memory function. The model comes, as all Kias do, with the ten-year or 100,000-mile battery warranty.

But it is not all good news for the Kia fans. The EV6 will not be eligible for the EV tax credit of up to $7,500 because it is made in South Korea. As of April 2023, foreign cars do not qualify for the highest tax credit option.

This past week, Kia announced that the EV6 will be the first of the lineup to get the Tesla North American Charging Standard (NACS) charge port in the US. The feature will be available in late 2024. Sporting the ultra-fast DC charging capability, the battery of the EV6 can charge from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes.
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