Kia has unveiled its highly anticipated 2024 EV9 Light, boasting a starting price of $54,900 in the United States. This bold pricing strategy positions the EV9 as one of the most competitively priced three-row electric crossovers on the market.
Despite its affordability, the entry-level EV9 Light comes well-equipped with an array of desirable features. The exterior is adorned with LED lighting units, rain-sensing wipers, and stylish 19-inch alloy wheels. The convenience of a power liftgate and rear privacy glass further enhances the crossover's appeal, as does an acoustic windshield that contributes to a quieter cabin.
Stepping inside, occupants are greeted by heated and ventilated front seats with an eight-way power adjustment, clad in the high-quality SynTex artificial leather, which also wraps the steering wheel. The driver enjoys a sophisticated 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, complemented by an equally impressive 12.3-inch infotainment system. Climate controls are intuitively managed via a 5-inch display. Additionally, the EV9 Light offers an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tri-zone automatic climate control system, and the convenience of a wireless smartphone charger. A premium audio experience is delivered through an eight-speaker audio system, while digital key technology enhances security and convenience.
Safety is a top priority for the 2024 EV9 Light, with an extensive suite of driver assistance systems. These include High Beam Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision-Avoidance Warning / Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Warning / Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Warning / Assist, Front / Rear Parking Distance Warning, Rear Occupant Alert, and Safe Exit Assist. Kia's commitment to safety is evident in this comprehensive offering.
Powering the EV9 Light is a rear-mounted electric motor delivering 215 horsepower (160 kW / 218 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. While these figures might appear modest, considering the crossover's curb weight of at least 5,093 lbs (2,310 kg), Kia claims the EV9 Light can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) in a respectable 7.7 seconds, with a top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h).
On the downside, the EV9 Light has a towing capacity of up to 2,000 lbs (907 kg) and a targeted range of 223 miles (359 km) with its 76.1 kWh battery. However, it's worth noting that other variants are on the horizon. The upcoming EV9 Light Long Range is expected to provide an extended range of approximately 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge. Moreover, dual motor all-wheel-drive variants will offer a combined output of 379 hp (283 kW / 384 PS) and an impressive 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque, catering to those seeking enhanced performance.
The 2024 Kia EV9 Light is scheduled to hit the market in the fourth quarter, with anticipation building for the arrival of its diverse range of variants. As Kia continues to make strides in the electric vehicle market, the EV9 Light sets a new benchmark for affordability, features, and safety in the three-row electric crossover segment.