Kia has officially teased the concept EV9 ahead of its debut in India at the 2023 Auto Expo. The production version of the Kia EV9 7-seater electric SUV is expected to arrive in 2023 or 2024. This electric concept was first shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2021. It previews the brand’s new flagship model in the electric car lineup.
The Kia EV9 concept previews a full-size SUV with a length closer to 5 metres. The concept measures 4,929mm in length, 2,055mm in width, and 1,790mm in height, with a 3,099mm wheelbase. It is slightly smaller than a Range Rover, which will soon have its own electric version.
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The Opposites United design philosophy inspired the Kia EV9 concept. The rugged EV features an evolved version of Kia’s Digital ‘Tiger Face’ front grille, which allows for a new front air vent design. This reduces the vehicle’s front mass and improves aerodynamics. The hood vent duct area is used as a solar panel, which helps recover some of the electric energy used by the Concept EV9. This provides BEV owners with an alternative energy source when they are not near a charging station.
When not in use, the retractable roof rails on the Kia EV9 close inward into the roof of the Concept EV9. When necessary, the roof rails can be raised with the push of a button. Instead of classical wing mirrors, a camera monitoring system is installed. The triangular d-pillar treatment on the SUV creates a distinct Daylight Opening (DLO) signature. The EV9 concept was equipped with 22-inch machined wheels. The Kia EV9 concept features a massive panoramic roof and a 27-inch ultra-wide display with controls for media, climate control, and comfort functionality. The pop-up steering pad is also included with the SUV.
The Kia EV9 concept is built on the modular E-GMP electric car architecture, which also serves as the foundation for the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Ioniq 6. It has the EV6’s largest lithium-ion polymer battery pack, measuring 77.4kWh. According to the company, the all-electric SUV has a driving range of up to 483km (300 miles) on a single charge.
It also has next-generation ultra-fast charging technology, including a 350-kW charger, which allows its advanced battery electric powertrain to recharge from 10% to 80% in 20-30 minutes. The concept EV9 has twin motors for four-wheel drive and is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in less than 5 seconds.