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2022 Kia EV6 Hits All the Right Notes

This is one sweet EV.

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2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the side
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Believe it or not, Kia drew inspiration from the Lancia Stratos of all places when designing the EV6.

2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the front clip in detail from the side
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Honestly, I can see it.   

2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the rear clip from the side
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The EV6's wildly styled taillight design, which protrudes beyond the body panels, bears more than a passing resemblance to the Stratos' wing.

2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the front passenger three-quarter profile
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The front end is its own beast, but it's also lovely, thanks to some exaggerated shapes on the hood ending in an aggressive little nose.

2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the front one eighth passenger profile
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Throw in my GT-Line tester's specific 20-inch alloy wheels and some Runway Red paint, and there's quite the aesthetic here.

2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the wheel and headlight from above
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The Kia EV6 is available in a single-motor, rear-wheel drive configuration with a choice of battery sizes, but my tester packs an additional motor and the largest battery on offer.

2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the new kia badge on the front
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Its 77.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery delivers juice to the two motors, generating a net 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the front and above
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It's not hard to be the first car away from every red light, and that torque can be accessed whenever my right foot desires, making every passing maneuver a breeze.

2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the front and below
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Despite a curb weight north of 4,500 pounds, the Kia feels quite light on its feet.

2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the driver side front three quarter profile
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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out even more pictures of the 2022 Kia EV6.

2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the driver side front one eighth profile
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the driver rear three quarter profile
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the driver rear one eighth profile
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the trunk capacity
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the rear profile and above
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the rear
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the charging port hidden in the rear bumper underneath the passenger side taillight
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the passenger side rear three quarter profile
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, seen from the rear passenger one eighth profile
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the interior through the driver's door
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, close up of the steering wheel, showing off its many buttons on either side
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the seats, which are made of a dark fabric
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the rear seats and their ample legroom
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing the seatback-mounted USB-C port for people in the back row
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the dashboard from the rear seats
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing the cockpit from the rear seats
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the digital gauge cluster
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing the infotainment screen's range page
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing a different version of the infotainment system's range page
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing the main infotainment menu
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the climate controls
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2022 Kia EV6 in red, showing off the rotary dial shifter on the center console
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