Kia takes us closer to the EV9, its first electric SUV

Kia EV9 Electric SUV Source: Kia

Kia is teasing its first electric SUV, the EV9, ahead of its 2023 debut. The three-row electric SUV first appeared as a concept vehicle at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, but is approaching of production, Kia gives us a glimpse of what we can expect.

As the electric SUV market heats up, with growing demand for electric vehicles like the Rivian R1S and Tesla Model X, Kia is introducing its own “flagship” EV SUV, the EV9.

2022 has been a success 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 is looking to build on its momentum by expanding its zero-emissions offerings.

The Kia EV9 will be Kia’s second dedicated electric vehicle installed atop Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform, the same used for Hyundai’s award-winning IONIQ 5 and Kia’s EV6.

Like its parent company Hyundai, Kia has embraced all-electric technology, even infusing EV-inspired design elements across its KONA lineup as it winds down sales of gas-powered cars.

The EV9 is expected to be a game changer for Kia and the electric SUV market. The concept was first unveiled at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, then in March Kia released additional details including a 0-60 mph time of 5 seconds and a range of 540 km (336 miles) with a full charge.

Kia’s flagship EV9 SUV is set to play a vital role as the automaker strives to sell 1.2 million electric vehicles a year by 2030.

Kia EV9 Concept Source: Kia Kia teases EV9 electric SUV ahead of debut

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 camouflage. The automaker is ready to pull back the sheets as Kia India released a teaser video showing off the vehicle’s unique shape and edges on its Twitter.

Kia EV9 Source: Kia India Twitter

The Kia EV9 concept included advanced features such as a panoramic sunroof, a retractable steering wheel and even a solar panel integrated into the hood.

Kia’s electric SUV is set to officially debut in Q1 2023 (just around the corner). In the meantime, we’ve yet to hear what the EV9’s starting price will be. Check back for more updates as Kia’s new flagship SUV nears production.

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