The 2023 Kia EV6 Special Edition has finally been revealed at the 2023 Monterey Car Week. This special edition EV6 will see a limited run of just 1,000 units in the United States and is a celebration of the electric crossover's win of the 2023 North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year award in January. The rich green exterior paint and plush brown interior of this special edition EV6 make it stand out from the crowd. The unique paint job, however, isn't the only thing that makes the EV6 Limited Edition special. Using the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV6 is Kia's first fully electric vehicle (BEV). The platform's adaptability and efficiency make it ideal for accommodating a wide variety of passenger and luggage layouts.
2023 Kia EV6 Special Edition: Design
A total of one thousand units of the vehicle will be made for the United States, with a really nice shade of green called Deep Forest Green. The colour used for this special edition is unique and distinct, creating a visually striking contrast when paired with the Desert Beige leather inside.
In addition to the GT Line's 20-inch wheels and other features, the Limited Edition also has the EV6's top trim's black wheel well and fascia trim. A distinctive trim piece with the award's emblem and a silhouette of the EV6 is located next to the gear selector.
The GT-Line gets an augmented reality head-up display, a sunroof, Blind-Spot View Monitor, Surround View Monitor (360 cameras), and a heated, flat-bottom steering wheel. In addition to the wheel arch mouldings, side sills, and front and rear fascia, the EV6 Wind gets blacked-out exterior accents.
2023 Kia EV6 Special Edition: Powertrain
The all-wheel-drive GT-Line’s motors will power for the special edition EV6. It will come with either a single electric motor powering the rear wheels (rear-wheel drive, RWD) or two motors powering all four wheels (all-wheel drive, AWD). Powered by the same 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery used in the Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60, among other E-GMP-based Hyundai Motor Group EVs, the front and rear motors will provide and 604Nm of torque.
Thanks to its powerful battery, the EV6 Limited Edition can go up to 482km on a single charge. The EV6's fast-charging capabilities allow it to be regain 80% charge in only 18 minutes, making it ideal for long trips.
What is NACTOY?
According to their website, the North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards recognise outstanding achievements in automotive innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, user experience, driver satisfaction, and value determined by a panel of fifty professional automotive journalists. These awards, created by experienced auto writer Christopher Jensen in 1994, are the longest-running awards for best new cars, which are not affiliated with any one magazine, internet, radio, or television station.
NACTOY jurors test and analyse contenders for Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards as they become available throughout the year and vote in three rounds. The procedure starts with a ‘long list’ of all eligible new or significantly altered vehicles of that year. The first round of voting takes place in September when the 50-person jury selects vehicles they believe to be the best in each category. These vehicles then participate in a comparison drive event in October, where the jury evaluates them side by side. Deloitte in Detroit receives and tallies jurors' November and January votes for Finalists (three per category) and Winners, and then announces the Winners in January.