- A reader contacted Car and Driverprovided screenshots from a customer survey showing potential specs for the upcoming electric Kia EV9 mid-size SUV.
- The review shows the EV9 starts at $56,000 with rear-wheel drive, with the highest trim bringing all-wheel drive and costing $73,000.
- The range is said to be between 220 and 290 miles, while horsepower will increase from 200 horses in the base model to 400 hp on the top.
Car and Driver has obtained documents from Kia that could indicate the specifications for the upcoming electric Kia EV9 2024. A reader, who says they own Telluride, reached out C/D after they received a survey for potential EV owners and sent a screenshot that purported to show details about the powertrain, price and range for the electric crossover.
While these potential specs could easily change before the EV9 reaches production, the information in the survey gives a good idea of what Kia is targeting for its new three-row EV SUV. In a statement to Car and DriverKia says, “Like any other car company, we are constantly evaluating the market and often conduct regular research to inform future product development.”
The trim level names for the five EV9 models listed remain a mystery, but the document states that the lower two trims will come with rear-wheel drive, 200 horsepower, and 250 pound-feet of torque. The base model will apparently start around $56,000, providing 220 miles of range and a claimed 60-mph time of 8.5 seconds, but no towing capacity. Stepping up to the $61,000 RWD trim, which may have a larger battery pack, lets you tow 2000 pounds and add an extra 70 miles of range at the expense of 0.4 seconds in acceleration to 60 mph.
Opting for all-wheel drive will set you back at least $63,000, but this upgraded powertrain is claimed to bring 400 hp and 380 lb-ft. Range dropped to 260 miles, but towing capacity jumped to 3500 pounds and the 60-mph time was reduced to 6.0 seconds. Paying $68,000 for the next trim adds 20-inch wheels in place of the standard 19s, cutting range to 240 miles.
The top trim, at $73,000, features the same range estimates, but torque is upped to 480 pound-feet and the claimed acceleration to 60 mph drops to 5.2 seconds. Towing capacity increases to 4500 pounds. This version also gets 21-inch black tires, black exterior trim, and an extra 0.4 inches of ground clearance.
The EV9 will be the electric counterpart to the popular Telluride mid-size SUV and will go on sale in the second half of 2023. The EV9 will ride on the e-GMP platform that will also underpin the Hyundai Ioniq 7. The teaser photo shows a design that will match the concept shown at the show Los Angeles 2021 car, and now we may have a good idea of what to expect from the EV9.
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