Kia will reveal a limited-edition EV6 at Monterey Car Week on Friday 18 August, publishing a teaser image to its global media channels overnight.
“To mark the design-led spirit of The Quail, Kia will introduce a limited run of 1000 “designer’s choice” EV6 models with unique interior and exterior colorways. Product details and the full vehicle reveal are subject to an announcement at the event,” the company says in its media release.
Judging by the statement, Kia plans to offer a range of unique exterior and interior options that currently aren’t available, including the metallic green finish you see on this teaser image. However, this media release appears to be specific to the North American market.
CarExpert has reached out to Kia Australia regarding local prospects of an extended range of colour and trim options for local EV6 models and is awaiting a response – tell us which combinations you’d like to see in the comments below!
Looking at the US market, Kia currently doesn’t offer a green paint finish on the EV6 like what was available in select markets at launch, though Deep Forest Green wasn’t available on high-spec GT-Line models. The US also has a couple of extra hues not available in Australia including a darker Interstellar Grey and Gravity Blue finishes.
Further, the US market offers a range of interior upholsteries and colourways depending on variant, including light interiors for both mid-spec ‘Wind’ and GT-Line grades. Korea also has a Brown and Deep Green leather interior options for select grades.
Beyond the limited-edition EV6, Kia will also be showing the new EV9 three-row electric SUV to the public at Monterey.
It’s the second year in a row that Kia has attended The Quail, last year debuting the 430kW EV6 GT alongside the world’s most exotic supercars, which the company says solidified “[its] place among the fastest and most sophisticated players”.
The Kia EV6 is already on sale in Australia across three distinct trim levels – Air, GT-Line and GT.
After being hamstrung by limited supply at launch, Kia’s local division recently confirmed it has managed to slash delivery times from around 12 months to 2-3 months thanks to improved factory supply. Buyers could nab a vehicle even sooner if a dealer has an EV6 in stock.
That’s a stark contrast to as recently as the early stages of this year, where the EV6 was subject to wait times commonly around 12 months – in some cases closer to two years – with an order bank somewhere near 1500 units.
Kia Australia told CarExpert in January that it forecast up to 2500 EV6 units would be secured for the Australian market despite supply challenges at the time, and it appears that figure could continue to increase should there be enough demand.
Pricing for the Kia EV6 starts at $72,590 before on-road costs for the entry-level Air RWD, and extends to $99,590 plus on-roads for the EV6 GT AWD performance halo.
Later this year Kia’s local division will launch the EV9, which will be the company’s most expensive vehicle ever offered in Australia.
When asked at a recent media event whether the EV9 will be under the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) threshold of $89,332 for “fuel efficient vehicles”, Kia’s local product boss Roland Rivero responded with a resounding ‘no’.
Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the latest, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.