The Kia lineup is about to switch to something more electric. The EV9 SUV, which looks about as big 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 have a feeling the EV9 will likely be offered with the rear. – and all-wheel drive depending on trim level. Kia hasn’t released information on the EV9’s battery size or motors, but to be competitive they should offer a 4500-pound max towing capacity with a usable towing capacity of 220 to 300 miles on a single charge. would need to be done. Important specs like horsepower, pricing and range are still closely guarded, but we’ll update this space as Kia gets closer to the EV9 debut in April 2023.
What’s new for 2024?
The EV9 is a brand new nameplate for the Kia brand and the next in the company’s plan to have 11 new electric vehicles on sale by 2026. We expect the EV9 to debut in April 2023. In 2023 or early 2024.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
There’s no official pricing available for the Kia EV9 yet, but we expect competitive pricing to start around $56,000 for the lowest trim. Trim names and levels have yet to be determined, though it will likely follow a similar pecking order as has already been established for the smaller EV6 SUV currently on sale. When we know more, we’ll update this story with that information and suggest which trim will offer the best bang for your buck.
EV Motor, Power and Performance
Official horsepower and performance numbers are still closely guarded at Kia HQ, but rumors suggest a simpler offering. We expect EV9 trims equipped with the single motors to offer around 200 horsepower with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will double the motors, putting an additional unit up front that should at least double horsepower output to 400. Since it’s based on the gas-only Telluride, expect the EV9 to be built with a focus on range and hauling. of acceleration performance.
Range, Charging and Battery Life
Kia claims a driving range of 300 miles for the EV9 and says the SUV will also be able to charge at 350 kW fast charging stations. We’re not sure what size battery pack will come as standard or if a larger one might be available as an option, but we should find out that information closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.
Interior, Comfort & Cargo
The EV9 will come in either a six- or seven-passenger variant, depending on whether the second row has buckets or benches. In higher trim EV9s, the third row is power folding. Kia hasn’t released a full list of dimensions and details yet, but compared to the Telluride, the EV9’s second row is just as comfortable. There is more legroom and headroom in the third row. The second-row seats also swivel to recline—similar to Chrysler’s Swivel ‘n Go that debuted on its 2008 minivan.
Infotainment & Connectivity
Inside the EV9 are a pair of 12.3-inch screens—one for the gauge cluster and the other for infotainment—with dedicated HVAC readouts between them. The EV9 lacks physical knobs and has fewer buttons than Kias on sale today, with only a few key HVAC controls and a volume knob remaining, as well as touch-sensitive controls embedded in the dash to jump to various menus. The EV9 uses an entirely new generation of infotainment, details of which are under wraps until the new three-row is revealed.
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details:
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage