KIA has confirmed that its new electric flagship, the EV9 SUV, will be released at the end of March, accompanying this announcement with two previews of the expected model. Like the EV6 crossover, the EV9 will be built on Hyundai Group’s E-GMP platform, an advanced architecture that integrates an 800-volt electrical system.
Inspired by the 2021 EV9 Concept prototype, our protagonist will fit into the E segment (executive SUV). It will measure approximately 4.93 meters long, 2.06 meters wide, and 1.79 meters high; In addition, it will have a wheelbase of 3.10 meters. It’s very spacious cabin can accommodate up to seven seats.
The Korean firm explains that the published teasers “advance a preview of the unique mix of elegant and sculptural design, as well as the determined and assertive geometry of the KIA EV9”. The truth is that it will be a very striking car, not only because of its colossal dimensions but also because of its avant-garde design language.
It will have a very boxy silhouette, similar to the Telluride intended for the US market. Its overhangs will be reduced to a minimum, and it will equip generous wheels of up to 21 inches (the prototype reached 22 inches). The light clusters will merge with the bodywork, and a sort of miniaturized version of the Tiger Nose corporate grill will be maintained.
The KIA EV9 will use the E-GMP platform
The range approved by the EV9 will be greater than 480 km under the American EPA cycle (about 540 km under the European WLTP cycle, which usually yields higher figures). So it will have a more capable battery pack than the EV6, which advertises 77.4 kWh. The fast charge will be another of its strong points since it will be able to recover 70% of its range (10-80%) in 20-30 minutes.
It will also equip the sophisticated AutoMode autonomous driving system, which will include navigation-based intelligent cruise control with HD maps, Highway Driving Pilot, Auto Lane Change, and the ability to receive OTA ( Over-the-air ) updates. Due to its size, features, and equipment, it will be a practically unique proposal in the general sector, fully entering the field of premium firms.
KIA plans to launch a total of nine electric vehicles (including the EV9) by 2027 as part of its strategy to become a world leader in sustainable mobility solutions. Its goal is to achieve carbon neutrality throughout its value chain by 2045.