It’s the year of electrification for Kia Australia, with the launch of two new electric cars and up to three hybrids expected by the end of 2022.
After Hyundai launched a number of new products in 2021, it’s the sister brand’s turn To to release its all-new or updated model offensive on Australian showrooms – after introducing four new models (Carnival, Stonic, Niro and Sportage) and a number of updates / new variants in 2021.
However, the vehicle responsible for the Korean brand’s 2022 calendar arrives in February or March, the new EV6 electric SUV, which runs on a new dedicated electric vehicle platform shared with the in-demand Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Full pricing and details on standard equipment have not yet been confirmed, although the carmaker has announced that base and GT-Line variants of the EV6 will be offered in Australia at launch, both with long-range 77.4 kWh batteries and a range of rear – or four-wheel drive configurations.
Expected to arrive in the first quarter of the year (January to March) is a “self-charging” Toyota-like hybrid version of the Sorento large SUV – following the plug-in hybrid launched in September 2021.
In the second half of 2022, Kia will launch the new generation of Niro electrified small SUV (delivered in the third quarter, between July and September), along with a facelifted version of the popular Seltos small SUV (possibly with hybrid option). and a 430kW / 740Nm high-performance GT version of the EV6 – though this could slip into early 2023.
|Model||What is new?||Segment||Timing||Read more|
|Kia Sportage SX +||New variant||Between SUV||January 2022||details|
|Kia EV6 (base and GT-Line)||Completely new||Between SUV||February / March 2022||details|
|Kia Sorento Hybrid||New variant||Large SUV||1st quarter 2022||details|
|Kia Niro||Completely new||Small SUV||3rd quarter 2022||Revealed|
|Kia Selto’s facelift||Facelift||Small SUV||H2 2022||Spy pictures|
|Kia EV6 GT||New variant||Between SUV||Late 2022 or early 2023||details|