Update, 3/9/2021: Late on Monday, Kia dropped a press release revealing several shadowy preview images of the new electric car, as well as its name: the EV6. The carmaker also announced it would debut during Q1 of 2021, suggesting that, should the March 15th date be incorrect, the car will still arrive before the end of the month. We've updated this story accordingly.
With its upcoming plans for a wide range of electric cars, Kia is swinging for the fences. The Korean carmaker has already announced plans to have 11 EVs for sale by 2026, and the first Kia vehicle on Hyundai Motor Group's new E-GMP electric vehicle platform — also used with the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 — will be a crossover codenamed "CV." And according to a new report, Kia could unveil the new car as soon as next week — and the drool-worthy specs of the high-end model might rival the Porsche Taycan.
According to ZDNet Korea, Kia will drop a teaser for the new vehicle on March 9th, with a reveal on March 15th. The codename "CV" won't carry over to the model; instead, as Kia has revealed, it will use the name EV6, as part of a new EV[insert number here] naming strategy Kia is rolling out for its electric cars. The number, Kia says, dictates where in the lineup the car lands; the "6" presumably means the car seen here will be about two-thirds of the way up the model tree.
That date, if true, suggests the brand may be trying to get its flashy new EV into the public eye quickly. A Kia investor presentation from last December had the CV arriving in America at the LA Auto Show in May 2021; however, with that show postponed once again to November, it seems likely Kia may show it at a private event.
The CV will reportedly offer a top-spec GT model, which should deliver impressive performance. The investor presentation suggested the carmaker is targeting a 0-62 mph time of 3.0 seconds, which would place it between the Porsche Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. It will reportedly achieve a top speed of around 162 mph.
Kia's new car should be equally beastly on the charging front. An 800-volt system should deliver up to 350kW of charging, allegedly allowing the vehicle to add 62 miles of range in just four minutes. Charging to 80 percent would take about 18 minutes. A total range of 500 km should translate to around 275 miles, give or take, in EPA testing.
Admittedly, Kia going up against Porsche in terms of performance isn't quite as crazy it sounds at first. Let's not forget the Stinger GT is more powerful, faster and quicker than the base Panamera — and it starts for about half the price.
How Kia prices this vehicle will be an interesting question. The Taycan Turbo starts at $150,000. Even if the Kia CV GT cuts the cost significantly and comes in at $100,000. That would still be a $100,000 Kia. Kia's brand reputation has markedly improved with recent successes like the Telluride. But that would be a stretch.