FFinally, Kia unveiled the newest member of its line-up of electric vehicles, the gorgeous EV9, a large SUV that stands out for its modularity and interior versatility, as well as its technological arsenal and autonomy, in addition to its sleek design. Is. It easily exceeds 500 kms, although the company has not yet provided the technical data.
Its design is clearly inspired by the concept that predated it and its contours are replete with straight and marked lines, with cube-like shapes invading part of the bumper to strengthen and huge headlights with a very detailed and striking design. And the bonnet and what you see, the fairing area carries the traditional tiger nose grille. That boxy motif is even more apparent in the side view, with a higher beltline but still giving way to a wide glass surface that extends towards the C-pillar and tapers more sharply towards the tailgate. Also worth noting are the massive wheel arches, as in many SUVs, with black plastic protection. The rear finish differs from the EV6 as instead of wraparound headlights, it gets vertically formatted optics that follow the contour of the sides.
Indoors, the production version distances itself from the concept, although it still maintains a very modern image. Instead of a steering wheel similar to Formula 1, it has a more traditional look, but is loaded with commands to operate the main functions of the vehicle from there. Also noteworthy are two huge 12.3 ”screens linked together for the instruments and multimedia system. While everything can be controlled via the screen, Kia has also included more intuitive physical controls. As expected, the EV9 features multiple driving assistance systems and even introduces AutoMop autonomous driving technology as well as remote updates.
Special mention for its habitability, one of the key points of the SUV: It offers ample space for all its occupants with two available configurations, six seats (2+2+2) or seven seats (2+3+2). promises. Taking advantage of the flat floor, the seats are detachable and can be moved, rotated or removed, offering a solution similar to a minivan or minivan, with seats facing each other or in the same direction of travel .
Like the rest of the electric vehicles from Kia and Hyundai, the EV9 has been developed on the E-GMP Modular Platform, though as we mentioned earlier, the South Korean firm did not reveal details about its power, capability and autonomy. Rumors suggest that it will be available with powers close to or above 313 hp, rear-wheel drive or integral configurations and a battery pack of around 77 kWh, which will allow it to achieve a range of up to 540 km.
Reiterating the brand’s latest launch strategy, Kia will publish the remaining data in the coming weeks around March 28, while its arrival at Asian and European dealers will be towards the end of the year.