The Kia lineup is about to transform into something more electric. The EV9 SUV, which looks to be as large as the current gas-only three-row Telluride, shares its platform with the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 7. While it’s still too early for specific details, we think the EV9 will likely be offered with rear- and all-wheel drive depending on trim level. Kia hasn’t released information about the EV9’s battery size or motors, but to be competitive they’ll need to offer something with 220 to 300 miles of range on a single charge with useable towing capacity with as much as 4500 pounds of max trailering. At least we’ve got 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 an all-new nameplate for the Kia brand and the next in the company’s plan to have 11 new electric vehicles for sale by 2026. We expect to see a production version of the EV9 debut in 2023.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
There’s no official pricing available for the Kia EV9’s yet, but we expect to see competitive pricing start at roughly $56,000 for the lowest trim. Trim names and levels are yet to be determined, though it’d likely follow a similar pecking order as what’s already been established for the smaller EV6 SUV that’s currently on sale. When we find out more, we’ll update this story with that information and make a recommendation on which of the trims will offer the best bang for your buck.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
Official horsepower and performance numbers are still closely guarded at the Kia HQ, but rumors suggest a simple offering. We expect lower EV9 trims equipped with single motors to offer roughly 200 horsepower with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will double the motors, putting an additional unit up front, that could at least double the horsepower output to 400. Since it’s based on the gas-only Telluride, expect the EV9 to be built to focus on range and hauling instead of acceleration performance.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Kia claims a 300-mile driving range for the EV9 and says the SUV will also be able to charge on 350-kilowatt fast charging stations. We aren’t sure what size battery pack will come standard or if a larger one may be available as an option but we should 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 across three rows of seats. The concept car uses recycled materials such as reclaimed fishing nets and other discarded plastics to create a more sustainable interior. The concept also sports a large panoramic sunroof and a 27.0-inch infotainment display
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details about:
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe Infotainment and Connectivity Safety and Driver-Assistance Features Warranty and Maintenance Coverage