Limited-Production Model Honoring Influential Award Is the First of its Kind
Exquisite details inside and out: Model-exclusive colorway of rich Deep Forest Green exterior over Desert Beige interior, complemented by unique interior appointments including authentic North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year™ (NACTOY) medallions
Best of both worlds: Model-exclusive trim includes certain design and performance elements from the electrifying EV6 Wind and GT-Line trims
Limited production: Special edition limited to just 1,000 units in the United States
MONTEREY, Calif., August 18, 2023 – Today, Kia America debuted the 2023 EV6 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Limited Edition1 at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. With only 1,000 examples set for production, the commemorative EV6 celebrates its exalted status after being recognized as winning the “Utility Vehicle of the Year” category in the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ (NACTOY) competition in January 2023. The all-electric EV6 was recognized for excellence in categories including automotive innovation, design, and value by the NACTOY jury, which consists of 50 automotive experts from print, online, radio, and broadcast media.
“With the EV6 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Limited Edition, we have created a rolling testament to the EV6’s tremendous achievement in this year’s NACTOY competition,” said Steven Center, COO and Executive Vice President, Kia America.
The EV6 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Limited Edition is a standout, both in design and performance. It introduces the model-exclusive colorway of brilliant Deep Forest Green over Desert Beige, which pays homage to classic performance vehicle styling combinations. The centerpiece of the interior is a bespoke adornment featuring authentic NACTOY medallions and the teaser silhouette of the EV6, located beside the gear selector.
“We are honored that Kia has chosen to make this special edition vehicle” said Jeff Gilbert, President, North American Car Truck and Utility of the Year, and Auto Reporter for WWJ Radio in Detroit. “Our jurors were impressed by the styling of the EV6. They saw the vehicle as evidence that Kia is becoming a force in the EV movement. It’s a vehicle that jurors found superior to other electric vehicles in many ways, including driving dynamics, price and ability to charge quickly.”
Featuring a 77.4 kWh battery with a 74kW front motor and a 165kW rear motor, the dual-motor, 320-hp EV6 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Limited Edition incorporates certain elements of the Wind and GT-Line trims into one package. Blacked-out exterior elements, including wheel arch moldings, side treatments, and front and rear fasciae, are borrowed from the EV6 Wind. Feature content from the EV6 GT-Line include 20-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, Augmented Reality Head-Up Display2, Surround View Monitor3 (SVM), Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), and a heated, flat-bottom steering wheel and rear seats4. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems5 (ADAS) include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist6 (FCA) and Highway Driving Assist 27 (HDA 2). FCA can assist the driver when braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle is detected in front and uses automatic braking to avoid or mitigate an impact. HDA 2 is a driving convenience system that is designed to help keep a set distance from a car detected in front and centers the vehicle in the lane and can, in certain circumstances, assist with lane changes and adjust the lateral position of the car within the detected lane markers.
Ultra-fast DC charging compatibility, available onboard power generator8, and a flat-floor interior that utilizes innovative materials throughout the cabin continue to be part of the EV6 package, as well as a remarkable level of connectivity features, and Kia’s latest-generation heat pump, which scavenges waste heat from the car’s coolant system.
Pricing will be available closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date later this year.
Kia America – about us
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top automotive quality surveys. Kia is recognized as one of the TIME100 Most Influential Companies of 2023. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a range of gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrified vehicles sold through a network of over 775 dealers in the U.S., including several cars and SUVs proudly assembled in America*.
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* The K5, Sportage, Sorento, and Telluride (excludes HEV and PHEV models) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.
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1 Inventory expected to be extremely limited.
2 Failure to pay attention to travel conditions and vehicle operation could result in loss of vehicle control. Always drive safely and use caution.
3 Surround View Monitor is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect or display all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
4 Use extreme caution when using the seat warmers to avoid burns. Refer to the Owner’s Manual for more safety information.
5 Advanced driver assistance systems are not substitutes for safe driving and may not detect all objects around the vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
6 When engaged, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect all objects in front of vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
7 When engaged, Highway Driving Assist is not a substitute for safe driving, may not detect all objects surrounding the vehicle, and only function on certain federal highways. Always drive safely and use caution.
8 Onboard Power Generator requires the purchase of separately sold additional equipment and may not be compatible with all devices. Onboard Power Generator can be used until the battery’s charge falls to 20 percent.
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