Kia Corporation is set to revolutionize its lineup by focusing on sustainable mobility solutions, with the upcoming EV9 SUV being the brand's latest offering. This all-new nameplate for the Korean automaker is the next in the company's plan to sell 11 new electric vehicles by 2026. As the Kia EV9 looks to be as large as the current gas-only three-row Kia Telluride, it is expected to be the flagship model in Kia's electric lineup.
The EV9 shares its platform with the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 7 and is built on the company's latest electric vehicle platform, the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). This architecture ensures a long electric range and ultra-fast charging capabilities. While Kia has not released official details about the EV9's battery size or motors, rumors suggest that the SUV will offer a 300-mile driving range and will be able to charge on 350-kilowatt fast charging stations.
Kia's EV9 is a significant milestone in the company's transformation into a provider of sustainable mobility solutions. The automaker's plan to have 11 new electric vehicles for sale by 2026 is a testament to its commitment to reducing emissions and promoting eco-friendly driving. With the EV9, Kia is positioning itself as a major player in the EV market, offering an exciting alternative to gas-powered SUVs.
The Kia EV9 electric SUV is expected to be offered with rear- and all-wheel drive depending on the trim level, with a usable towing capacity of as much as 4500 pounds of max trailering. Kia will need to offer something with 220 to 300 miles of range on a single charge to remain competitive in the market. This will also be necessary to ensure the vehicle can haul and transport items without compromising its driving range.
The electric SUV will likely be priced competitively at roughly $56,000 for the lowest trim. While Kia has yet to determine the trim names and levels, we expect it to follow a pecking order as what's already been established for the smaller Kia EV6 SUV currently on sale. It's also expected that lower EV9 trims equipped with single motors will offer roughly 200 horsepower with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive will double the motors, putting an additional unit up front, potentially doubling the horsepower output to 400.
Kia's EV9 SUV 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 sports a large panoramic sunroof and a 27.0-inch infotainment display, making it a stylish and tech-savvy choice for eco-conscious drivers.
The Kia EV9 electric SUV is a game-changer for Kia's electrification efforts. As the brand's flagship electric vehicle, it showcases the company's commitment to providing sustainable mobility solutions. With its spacious interior, impressive range, and fast charging capabilities, the EV9 can significantly impact the market and offer a compelling alternative to gas-powered SUVs. We can't wait for Kia to release more information about the mid-size EV9 and see it in action.