Kia’s lineup will change to something more electric. The EV9 SUV, which looks as big as the current petrol three-row Telluride, shares its platform with the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 7. While it’s too early for specific details, we think the EV9 will likely be offered with – and all-wheel drive depending on trim level. Kia hasn’t released any information on battery size or the EV9 motor yet, but to be competitive they have to offer something with a range of 220 to 300 miles on a single charge with towing capacity that can be used with a maximum of 4,500 pound trailers. At least we have this funky concept to drool over while we wait for Kia to release details about the mid-size EV9,
What’s New for 2024?
The EV9 is a new nameplate for the Kia brand and next in the company’s plans to have 11 new electric vehicles for sale by 2026. We expect to see a production version of the EV9 debut in 2023.
Price and Which One to Buy
No official pricing is available for the Kia EV9 yet, but we expect to see competitive pricing starting at around $56,000 for the lowest trim. A name and trim level have yet to be determined, although it will likely follow the same pecking order as has been assigned to the smaller EV6 SUV currently on sale. When we find out more, we’ll update this story with that information and make recommendations on which trim will offer the best bang for your buck.
EV Motors, Power and Performance
Official horsepower and performance figures are still being closely guarded at Kia headquarters, but rumors point to a modest bid. We expect the lower EV9 trim equipped with a single motor to offer around 200 horsepower with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive would double the motor, placing an extra unit up front, which could at least double horsepower output to 400. Since it’s based on the fuel-only Telluride, it’s expected that the EV9 was built to focus on range and haulage instead of accelerating performance.
Range, Charging and Battery Life
Kia claims 300 miles of range for the EV9 and says the SUV will also be able to charge at 350 kilowatt fast charging stations. We’re not sure what size battery pack will come standard or if a larger one might be available as an option, but we’ll have to find out that information closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Inside, the EV9 will offer seating for at least six seats across three rows of seats. This concept car uses recycled materials such as used fishing nets and other used plastics to create a more environmentally friendly interior. The concept also sports a large panoramic sunroof and a 27.0-inch infotainment screen
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details on:
- Real World Fuel Economy and MPGe
- Infotainment and Connectivity
- Safety and Driver Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage