Kia launches its stylish electric EV6
Kia has launched its first dedicated electric vehicle in the UK, the EV6 and we’re rather taken with its design which has dynamic, sporty crossover look to it with the rear of an Aston Martin DBX making it look like a strong rival to models like the Polestar 2 and the just launched Tesla Model Y. Kia UK has decided to only bring the larger 77.4kWh version for now, which offers a range of up to 328 miles and thanks to its 800v charging capability can can charge from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes, if you’re fortunate enough to find a 350kW charger. There’s a 229hp rear-wheel drive or a 325hp all-wheel drive and a number of trim choices. If you want a bit more electric oomph then a GT model will come late in 2022 with 585hp and a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds. Pricing starts from £40,945 which puts it on par with the its twin, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 as well as other major rivals like the Volkswagen ID 4.
Seeing as we are talking electric, how’s this for unusual? Remember the Mini Moke, Britain’s answer to the beach buggy? Well they are still being made and now the company that manufactures them has produced an electric version. It’s not cheap mind with prices starting from £29,150 plus taxes and for that you don’t even get luxuries like doors or windows. You do get to strap your surf board on and cruise silently and emissions-free along the beachfront for up to 90 miles on a charge though. Admittedly you could do that with the Kia too, but is it as cool? Actually, yes.
Ford focuses on new models
It’s been a busy week for Ford. As we speak the company is launching a sporty version of its Mach-E over in Croatia that’s heading to the UK soon. It’s also announced it’s turning its Halewood engine plant into facility to manufacturer electric vehicle motors and it’s launched new generations of two of its models, the Focus and the Tourney Connect.
The Focus is obviously a big one and its design cues follow some of those we saw on the recently revealed new Fiesta. This includes the badge being moved to the grille, which it seems is a big deal for some, but more importantly there are new 48-volt hybrid powertrains, the introduction of the Sync 4 infotainment system with a 13.2-inch touchscreen and more loadspace in the estates, including the new Active crossover-type thing. There’s a new ST-Line and you can now have more luxury courtesy of a Vignale pack across some trim lines.
If you need more space for people and stuff then the new Tourneo Connect has arrived as the first jointly developed model between Ford and Volkswagen. It’s available in standard and long wheelbase versions with space for up to seven people. For the first time there’s the option of all-wheel drive and there are multiple trim choices from standard to Sport and an adventurous-looking Active model. All versions get lots of driver assistance tech as well as an infotainment system and a range of connected services.