The Kia portfolio is going to change to include more electric vehicles. The KIA EV9 SUV, which is around the same size as the present three-row Telluride that runs on just petrol, is built on the same chassis as the future Hyundai Ioniq 7. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the EV9 will be available, with the latter having a 379-hp dual-motor drivetrain. A 99.8 kWh battery will be used in both the Long Range rear-drive and AWD variants, and according to Kia, it will provide 300 miles of range with a single motor. The range of the basic RWD EV9’s 76.1-kWh battery is unknown. Additionally, it will have a maximum towing capability of 5000 pounds, the same as the Telluride’s petrol engine. The EV9’s promise of a third row of seats that can be used will probably appeal to a lot of families. It won’t only be one of the few three-row EVs available on the market; its beginning price is anticipated to be rather low as well. We’ll update this article with our driving impressions whenever we have the opportunity to test one out for ourselves.
Kia EV9: Performance
The rear-wheel-drive Standard variant, equipped with a single 215 horsepower electric motor positioned at the back, is the entry-level model in the EV9 portfolio. The Long Range model also has a rear drive. But even with a larger battery, the vehicle’s top power only reaches 201 horsepower. According to Kia, the first will reach 62 mph in a lethargic 8.2 seconds, while the second would take a sluggish 9.4 seconds. With a dual-motor setup and a combined 379 horsepower, all-wheel-drive vehicles may accelerate more quickly and have higher peak torque thanks to the optional Boost mode. If you want the punchy take-offs that EVs are famous for, the AWD EV9 is the one to buy, according to Kia, reaching 62 mph in only 5.3 seconds. For the 2025 model year, a performance-focused GT variant will be added to the range and may have up to 576 horsepower. We’ll test the EV9 when we have a chance, and once we do, we’ll update this article with the findings.
Kia EV9: Safety Features
The EV9 includes a number of standard driver-assistance functions, including automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. Additionally, Kia provides a hands-free driving option that is included with a more sophisticated adaptive cruise control system. But it’s exclusive to the EV9 GT-Line. Visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for additional details regarding the EV9’s crash test results. Important safety elements include:
pedestrian identification in automatic emergency braking standards
Lane-keeping assistance and the standard lane-departure warning
standard hands-free driving mode for adaptive cruise control
Kia EV9: Range & Battery Specs
A 76.1-kWh battery pack comes with the base Standard model. The 99.8-kWh battery is bigger in the all-wheel-drive and Standard Long Range models. The Long Range EV9 is expected to go up to 300 miles between charges, according to Kia. Just don’t anticipate a similarly long range from the dual-motor all-wheel drive version. Every EV9 makes advantage of Kia’s 800-volt electrical design, which enables DC fast-chargers to swiftly refuel the battery. It is claimed that this kind of connection may increase range by 149 miles in just 15 minutes.
Fuel economy numbers for the EV9 haven’t yet been issued by the EPA, but given its blocky design and substantially greater size, we anticipate seeing a figure lower than the Kia EV6’s combined MPGe of 117.
Kia EV9: Interior & Infotainment
Depending on whether the second row features captain’s seats or a bench, the EV9 will be available in six- or seven-passenger versions. The third row is power folding on the higher trim versions of the EV9. Although Kia hasn’t yet provided a complete list of specifications, the EV9’s second row is just as roomy as the Telluride’s. The third row has more headroom and legroom. Similar to the rotate ‘n Go feature Chrysler introduced on its 2008 minivan, the second-row seats likewise rotate to face the back.
A dedicated HVAC readout is located between two 12.3-inch screens inside the EV9, one for the gauge cluster and the other for infotainment. Only a few essential HVAC controls and a volume knob remain on the EV9, compared to other Kias already on the market, and touch-sensitive controls built in the dash are used to navigate between menus. The EV9 also lacks physical knobs. The EV9 makes use of a completely new generation of infotainment, the specifics of which won’t be made public until the new three-row is.
Kia EV9: Pricing
The Kia EV9’s exact price hasn’t been released yet, but we anticipate that the base model will cost around $56,000. We’ll update this article with new pricing information as soon as we have it and provide advice on which trim will provide the most value for your money.
- Standard RWD: $56,000 (est)
- Standard RWD Long Range: $63,000 (est)
- Standard AWD: $68,000 (est)
- GT-Line: $73,000 (est)