Kia Motors has confirmed plans to launch a production version of the electric SUV concept EV9 starting in 2023. The fully electric EV9 will be the first large-sized SUV in the Kia lineup that claims to be superior in terms of footprint, design and hi-tech features.
The production version of the electric SUV is expected to retain the proportions of the concept version shown in 2021, with a slimmer design.
The Kia EV9 will measure 4,930 mm (194 inches), 2,055 mm (81 inches) wide and 1,790 mm (70 inches) high, with a wheelbase of 3,100 mm (122 inches).
With these big dimensions, this electric SUV will have the same body dimensions as the conventional engine BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE which are classified as mid-size SUVs in Europe.
The Kia EV9 incorporates Kia’s “Opposites United” design language that debuted in the EV6 and will gradually expand to the rest of the lineup.
In its creation, the designers of the EV9, inspired by the “Bold for Nature” theme, combine rugged and angular exterior surfaces with a spacious and technologically advanced three-row cabin.
Some of the features that are changed in this production version include 22-inch alloy wheels, a large number of LEDs on the Digital Tiger Face, rear-view mirror replacement, scissor-style doors, and a futuristic interior layout.
The EV9 will be the first model to introduce Kia’s “AutoMode” autonomous driving technology which will be expanded across all models in Kia’s key markets in 2026.
The EV9 will be the first production model to receive an over-the-air (OTA) update and integrate a feature-on-demand (FoD) service that will allow owners to select various functions from the software.
The KIA EV9 can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5 seconds.
Backed by a large capacity battery, allowing it to reach a distance of 540 km (336 miles). Ultra-fast charging will increase its range of 100 km (62 miles) in six minutes.
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