The Korean manufacturer Kia has just presented its very first 100% electric six-seater SUV with the EV9. It’s a large electric SUV with a design straight out of a sci-fi movie and quite an interesting habitability, with a second row of swivel seats.
Here is the new flagship of the Kia range and unsurprisingly it is an electric SUV, namely the Kia EV9, a model that has been announced by the Korean manufacturer for several months.
As you can see from the photos, the Kia EV9 is a beautiful baby and generally retains the aesthetic codes inaugurated on the concept car presented in 2021.
Finally an electric SUV for (large) families?
Also positive is that Kia doesn’t bring out the copier for every one of its models, this EV9 generally doesn’t have much to do with an EV6, for example, even if we recognize some similar features at certain levels.
Overall, the lines are quite cubic, with some rough-hewn bodywork. We can’t help but see a small connection to a particular Volvo EX90.
While there is no official size information yet, the Kia EV9 is expected to keep the proportions of the concept. As a reminder, the last measured 4.93 meters long1.79 meters high and had a wheelbase of 3.10 meters.
Note the presence of “normal” mirrors, unlike the cameras present on the concept and on certain prototypes seen during the tests. However, it is very likely that they will be offered as an option at a later date, as is the case (in certain markets) with the Genesis GV60 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5, two other models based on the E-GMP platform, like this Kia EV9.
Like in his living room
Inside, the Kia EV9 can get in up to six passengers thanks to three rows of seats. But why not seven? Simply because Kia chose to opt for it a second row of seats equipped with swivel seats.
This system makes it easier for passengers to get on board, but also to come face to face with the occupants in the third row of seats, in a kind of minivan.
The dashboard is quite classic, at least for a Kia model, as the minimalist aspect is generally seen on the Kia EV6. So there is a double screen, one for the digital instrumentation and the other touchscreen, to manage the infotainment system.
Despite the presence of a touchscreen, there are many physical controls, not on the center console, but rather on the steering wheel and door panels.
On the way to record payload?
As often with the models of the Kia-Hyundai group, the information about the engines, the powers and the dimensions of the batteries (and therefore the range) is not revealed from the start. If we talk about the 2021 concept car, then the car has entered a battery with a capacity of 100 kWh and was based on an 800-volt architecture.
This certainly suggests a record payload, around 350kW as some Ionity terminals can accept today (of which Kia is part of the consortium).
The Kia EV9 should be entitled to multiple engines. A single engine version is probably in the cards, so would make it a propulsion. It should develop, like the Kia EV6, 229 hp. A variant with two engines and all-wheel drive will also certainly come, and if we then refer to the Kia EV6, it should be entitled to 325 hp.
As for autonomy, we have no information yet, but it is difficult to imagine that such a beautiful baby has less Range of 500 kmeven in the basic version.
As for the prices, they will also be announced later. The entry ticket in France should probably be above 60,000 euros for the basic version, and close to 75,000 euros for a high-end version.