Back in 2019, Kia Corp (then Kia Motors) announced that it was going to become the next all-electric automaker to take over the auto market. Once its parent group, (HMG) developed the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), Kia was able to get to work on its first all-electric vehicle with no precedent. The Kia EV6 shocked the industry – an electric vehicle (EV) that also offers high performance? It sounded amazing, but the EV6 GT could accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Last year, Kia previewed the next all-electric vehicle to join the lineup, an electric SUV sharing striking similarities with the Kia Telluride SUV, the Kia EV9.
Kia revealed the EV9 concept in November 2021, and we got a good look at it during the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. It definitely looks like a Telluride, and the EV9 has been spotted being tested on public roadways more than once. Now that the electric SUV has entered its final testing phase, Kia Corp announced the world premiere of the Kia EV9 during the first quarter of 2023. Although we love the EV6, Kia has announced that the EV9 will also become the new flagship model of the brand, the icon of EV performance on tracks, roads, and a variety of terrain conditions.
After 44 months, the EV9 went through developments to raise the bar for design, performance, range, driving dynamics, technology, and comfort. Kia’s global Namyang R&D center in Korea took charge of its design and production, and the final testing phase is relentless. Trekking a 4WD climbing hill and a rough terrain track, as well as a deep-water wading test, to ensure maximum reliability even in the most challenging conditions. Not only proving performance off-road, but Kia’s high-speed, handling, and low-friction tracks can be seen in every aspect of the EV9 on the road. Even the cobbles of the Belgian road can’t stop the Kia EV9, and thanks to some smart engineers, the ride comfort and quality remain throughout. Basically, like all Kia Models, the Kia EV9 has been put through a test program at Namyang R&D center and in locations all over the globe.
Initially unveiled at the AutoMobility LA in Los Angeles in 2021, we got a good chunk of information to satiate any thirst the teaser caused. There is a whole lot more to learn about the EV9 between now and early 2023, but 2022 is flying by. Following in the footsteps of the Kia EV9, the first all-electric Kia model, the EV9 electric SUV has to step it up. We’re waiting on power specs, but with a driving range of 300 miles and next-generation ultra-fast charging technology with a 350-kW charger, consumers can expect quick charging times, about 10-percent to 80-percent in 20-30 minutes.
The styling of the Kia EV9 is donning the new “Tiger Face” front fascia, incorporating an agape jaw or fangs to pair off with the classic “Tiger Nose”. Boxy like the Kia Telluride SUV, the body comes with bold lines that also flow like water. With a star cloud pattern of lights, air vents have been installed for aerodynamic performance, and rocky fenders and pillars encase 22-inch wheels. Inside, technology gets fancy with an interactive 27-inch ultra-wide display that controls media, climate control, comfort, and a next-gen camera monitoring system replaces the side view mirrors of cars today to keep the exterior appearance smooth. The dashboard is thinner, offering a lot more leg space for the driver and front passenger, with a “pop-up” steering wheel that almost looks like it’s floating. For that mobile lounge feel, Pause Mode can be active when the vehicle is stationary, turning the cabin into an open space with front row seats to swivel around and second-row seats that can turn into a table. Excited to see the Kia EV9? So are we. Look for when the Kia EV9 is available at the Miami Lakes Automall.