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2022 Kia EV6 is a 577-hp, fast-charging crossover that showcases a new design direction

The Kia EV6 is coming to North America in a few months, boasting impressive performance.

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The future of Kia is here. The first model built on Kia's new dedicated electric vehicle platform, the 2022 Kia EV6 brings rapid acceleration, quick charging capability, and advanced driver assistance features to the table all in a crossover package that features a fresh design.

At its front, the 2022 EV6 has a new take on Kia's typical 'tiger nose' grille. The 'Digital Tiger Face' features daytime running lights that include a sequential dynamic light pattern. The sides are sleek with a character line that runs from the bottom of the doors to the rear wheel arches. A sloping C-pillar has a gloss black insert and above sits a wing-type roof spoiler.

The car's 114-inch wheelbase is about 11 inches longer than the Kia Soul's. That helps the crossover get the same cabin space of a midsize SUV out of its compact package.

2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line

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The EV6 will be sold in two different two trim levels, GT-Line and GT. Kia will also sell the model in a variety of powertrain configurations. Long-range models will have 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery packs while standard-range has 58.0-kilowatt-hour packs. Buyers can get the EV6 GT-Line with either powertrain. The EV6 GT will only be available with a long-range battery.

Kia has given standard-range versions of the car one electric motor while all-wheel drive EV6s have one motor at the front and one at the back. The 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery has a total output of 577 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque.

The crossover has the ability to get up to 316 miles (WLTP) on a single charge. The long-range, two-wheel drive EV6 is the most efficient. This model can get from zero to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. The performance-focused EV6 GT accelerates from zero to 62 mph in a quick 3.5 seconds. That model has a top speed of 161 mph.

The GT version gets an exclusive electronic limited slip differential.

The crossover will be capable of charging at a speed of 800 volts, getting from 10 to 80 percent charge in just 18 minutes. That would allow the car to get 62 miles of range in as little as 4.5 minutes. Currently, 800-volt charging is rare. Called ultra-rapid chargers, the high-powered machines deliver the fastest charge currently available to a modern vehicle. The Porsche Taycan can utilize these types of chargers but most other EVs cannot due to their strength.

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The car's electronics allow for new vehicle-to-load functionality that is capable of discharging energy from the battery to supply power, up to 3.6-kilowatt-hours worth. That's enough to power a 55-inch television or air conditioner.

Kia's regenerative braking system allows for power to be regained at various levels, regulated via paddles on the steering wheel. One-pedal driving is available.

Kia has made the seats out of recycled plastic, each has the material from 111 plastic bottles.

A curved infotainment system sits on the dashboard housing the all-digital instrument cluster and infotainment touch screen under one housing. Each measures 12 inches. The car also features an augmented reality head-up display system that shows alerts from the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), vehicle speed, and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

Kia has renamed its Uvo technology "Kia Connect" and added real time services and over-the-air updates for the new model. The system can give drivers details on charging point pricing, allow them to see their charging status, plan smart charging schedules, and check range radius.

A 14-speaker Meridian sound system is available. Active Sound Design is also available. It provides drivers with audible feedback to the speed the car is traveling via the interface.

Kia has given the EV6 flexible interior packaging and numerous storage areas. There's 18.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the second-row erect. With those seats folded, the number increases to 45.9 cubic feet. That's slightly less than what you'll get in a Kia Niro. There's also a front trunk that provides an additional 1.83 cubic feet of cargo space for two-wheel drive models while all-wheel drive versions get less than half of that.

The crossover has a long list of standard and available safety technology including Safe Exit Assist, lane centering, adaptive cruise control, highway drive assist with lane change functionality, and remote parking assist (Kia's version of Hyundai's Smart Park, made famous by the Super Bowl ads last year).

The EV6 will be produced in South Korea. It will go on-sale in select global markets starting from the second half of 2021, with online reservations beginning from March 30 in some markets.

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The 11th-generaiton Honda Civic Sedan has broken cover.

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Marie was a little bit country and Donny was a little bit rock and roll. The design of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic Sedan looks a little bit modern and a little bit vintage - and it's all a heck of a lot less polarizing than the previous generation.

Today Honda has offered the first official fully lighted glimpse of the 11th-generation Civic, which is set to officially debut April 28. The design of the model was previewed last year with the Civic Prototype.

2022 Honda Civic Prototype The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype showed off a nearly production-ready design late last year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda openly admits that the look of the new Civic was inspired by the last. Head into the trove of internet photos of the fourth- and fifth-generation Civic to see parallels in design. Honda said that designers upheld Honda's human-centric design philosophy in the new model while also increasing the safety.

The result is a car that looks very much like a sedan but still retains sporty attributes. It also looks more like the Accord in this generation than the last. In the photo provided by Honda, the new Civic is in Touring trim level form.

Honda said that the car's interior design, which they haven't shown photos of yet, is "uncluttered", has "simple ergonomics", and delivers "exceptional visibility".

The 2022 Civic will arrive on dealership lots this summer.

Also this summer, the Honda Civic Tour will return for its 20th season. There will be two stops on the virtual tour that will be livestreamed on the Honda Stage YouTube channel. The first event will start at 5:00 p.m. PT, on April 28. The virtual concert event on Twitch will also give Civic Tour fans a special first look at the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan around 6:00 p.m. PT, leading into the performance.

As previously announced, the all-new Civic Hatchback will follow Civic Sedan production by several months. Details about Civic Hatchback, to be manufactured by Honda in the United States for the first time in its history, will follow later this year. The Civic Hatchback will be built at the company's Indiana auto plant.

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David Beckham is the new face of Maserati.

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David Beckham is turning his passion for supercars into a side gig. The former Manchester United midfielder has become the new face of Maserati.

Beckham has a long history as a car nut. He's owned Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, McLarens, Cadillacs, Audis, Aston Martins, Jaguars, BMWs, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Hummers, and Jeeps, just to name a few. A year ago an Aston Martin Volante owned by Golden Balls went under the hammer and a little later in the year he was named one of the top five celebrities people would prefer to have deliver their new car to their home.

Maserati has a number of new projects up its sleeve besides partnering with Beckham. The company recently launched the new Ghibli Hybrid, a vehicle that the Modena-based manufacturer sees as a jumping off point for the new version of the brand - one where electrification and performance take center stage. Call it the Italian version of Akio Toyoda's famous "no boring cars" statement.

"The Brand is moving forward, inaugurated a new Era. Maserati is driven to challenge the status quo being innovative by nature, powered by passion, and unique by design. The partnership with David is the embodiment of all these values,: said Paolo Tubito, Maserati Chief Marketing Officer.

For 2021, Maserati also added a trio of Trofeos to its lineup. The The Maserati Levante Trofeo,. Ghibli Trofeo,and Quattroporte Trofeo are the most extreme versions of the vehicles available new from the manufacturer.

Beckham makes his debut in a new movie featuring the Levante Trofeo, performing the "audacious" act of driving a Maserati. The setting is Miami, the home city of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, an MLS soccer club that Becks co-owns with Marcelo Claure, Jorge Mas, Masayoshi Son, and José R. Mas.

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