The Kia lineup will change to something more electric. The EV9 SUV, which appears to be the size of the current three-inline gas Telluride, shares its platform with the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 7. While it’s 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 on the size of the EV9’s battery or motor, but to be competitive they’ll need to offer something with 220 to 300 miles of range on a single charge with a towing capacity that can be used with as much as a 4500-pound trailer max. At least we have this funky concept to drool over while we wait for Kia to release details on 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 on sale by 2026. We expect to see the production version of the EV9 debut in 2023.
Price and Which One to Buy
No official pricing is available for the Kia EV9 yet, but we expect to see competitive pricing starting at around $56,000 for the lowest trim. Names and trim levels have yet to be determined, though they will probably follow the same order as those already set for the smaller EV6 SUV currently on sale. When we learn more, we’ll update this story with that information and make recommendations about which trims will offer the best bang for your buck.
EV Motors, Power and Performance
Official horsepower and performance numbers are still being closely guarded at Kia HQ, but rumors suggest an easy deal. We expect the lower EV9 trim equipped with a single motor to offer around 200 horsepower with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will double the motor, putting an additional unit up front, which 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 rather than 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 a 350-kilowatt fast-charging station. We’re not sure what size battery pack will be standard or if a larger pack might be available as an option but we should know 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 features 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:
- Real World Fuel Economy and MPGe
- Infotainment and Connectivity
- Safety Features and Driver Assistance
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage