Kia is teasing its first electric SUV, EV9, giving a closer look at what to expect. The details are released ahead of its debut in 2023. The three-row electric SUV first appeared at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show. It was a concept model.
As the electric SUV market heats up, with demand climbing for EVs like the Rivian R1S and Tesla Model X, Kia is introducing its own “flagship” EV SUV, the EV9. 2022 has been a hit for Kia with its first dedicated electric vehicle, the EV6 making its presence known in the EV market. After achieving record sales in November, Kia looks to keep the momentum rolling as it expands its zero-emission offerings.
— Kia India (@KiaInd) December 27, 2022
The Kia EV9 will be Kia’s second dedicated electric vehicle sitting atop The Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform, the same one used for Hyundai’s award-winning IONIQ 5 and Kia’s EV6. Like its parent company Hyundai, Kia has embraced fully electric technology, even infusing EV-inspired design elements into its entire KONA lineup as it winds down gas-powered car sales.
The EV9 is expected to be a game changer for both Kia and the electric SUV market. The concept was first revealed at the LA Auto Show in 2021, and then in March, Kia released additional details, including a 0 to 100km/h time of 5 seconds and a 540 km range (336 miles) on a full charge.
In August, Kia said the EV9 was entering the final stages of testing as it prepares for production in 2023, releasing images of it wrapped in camo. The automaker is ready to take the sheets off as Kia India posted a teaser video showing the vehicle’s unique shape and edges on its Twitter.
Kia expects new models like the EV6 and EV9 to significantly contribute to its overall sales and aims to sell 807,000 units in 2026, followed by 1.2 million in 2030. As the global debut of the EV9 approaches early next year, Kia has shared an update on its progress. The Kia EV9 concept included advanced features such as a panoramic sunroof, a pop-up steering wheel, and even a solar panel built into the hood. Kia’s electric SUV is expected to officially debut in the first quarter of 2023 (right around the corner). Meanwhile, we have yet to hear what the EV9’s starting price will be. The Kia EV9 will emerge as the second all-electric model donning the Korean automaker’s new “EV” series nomenclature. It is preceded by the EV6 crossover.