Also coming to Europe in 2023, the EV9 will be based on the E-GMP dedicated EV platform already used by the smaller EV6.
Kia revealed in late March that a production version of the EV9 big electric SUV concept would be available in Europe in 2023.
The EV9 has now also been announced for North America. The EV9 production model will arrive in the United States in the second half of 2023, according to Kia’s announcement at the New York International Auto Show.
We reached out to Kia America for more information, but a spokeswoman said the firm couldn’t comment at this time.
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The production electric SUV will be based on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP dedicated EV platform, which is also utilised by the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Genesis GV60, and was previewed by the Kia Concept EV9 that debuted at the LA Auto Show in November 2021.
The Kia EV9 production SUV will benefit from the 800V design, which enables ultra-rapid DC fast charging at up to 350 kW, because it will be underpinned by E-GMP.
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Kia said when it revealed the Concept EV9 that the battery could charge from 10% to 80% in 20-30 minutes. The company also mentioned a 300-mile driving range (483 km). The battery pack’s capacity was not revealed, but given that it has to travel around a bigger, boxier car, it’s likely larger than the EV6’s 73 kWh pack.
Except for concept vehicle features like the rear-hinged rear doors, lack of B-pillars, and airplane-style yoke, expect much of the EV9 study’s aesthetic to make it to production. It’s also possible that the side rearview cameras may be removed from the production vehicle.
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The three-row interior will most likely not be as minimalist. Although the large 26-inch digital screen may make it to production, it will most likely be replaced by two distinct screens, one for the instrument cluster and the other for the infotainment system.
The Kia Concept EV9 is a big car, around the same size as the BMW iX. It measures 194 inches (4,930 mm) long, 80.9 inches (2,055 mm) broad, 70.5 inches (1,790-mm) tall, and has a 122-inch (3,100-mm) wheelbase, which is nearly 4 inches longer than the iX’s.
Source: Kia America