Kia has released the specifications for the upcoming EV9, the Korean automaker’s first full-size electric SUV.
Until recently, electric vehicle offerings for those looking to travel with more than five people have been relatively limited, especially as vehicles like the Rivian R1S remain fairly supply constrained. Luckily, Kia is moving in to meet that market with its new EV9 full-size electric SUV, which it has now released the specifications for.
The upcoming Kia EV9, which will be available in select markets later this year, comes with two battery options; either a “standard-range” 76.1kWh battery or a “long-range” 99.8kWh battery. Further, customers can choose from a single-motor rear-wheel-drive system or a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system.
With the long-range RWD system, owners can expect 336 miles of range, an incredible number considering the massive size of the upcoming EV9. However, Kia did not release range specifications for other vehicle trims.
With a total length of just under 16.5 feet, the Kia EV9 is roughly the same length as the Tesla Model X and just shy of the size of a Chevy Tahoe. But coming in at almost 5’10” tall, the EV9 is significantly shorter than the Tahoe while slightly taller than the Model X.
It is clear from the EV9’s performance specifications that the vehicle focuses on people carrying, not eye-watering performance. The base model’s long-range RWD variant takes nearly 10 seconds (9.4 seconds) to reach 60mph from a standstill. For those looking for slightly more performance, Kia offers a minor motor upgrade with the standard range variant, improving horsepower from 200 to 215 while retaining the same 258 pound-feet of torque, cutting the 0-60 time to 8.2 seconds.
The highest performance trim, the dual-motor AWD system, produces a significantly more impressive 379 horsepower and a very healthy 442 pound-feet of torque. Kia states that this trim will take off to 60 in 6 seconds and can even be upgraded via software to improve acceleration, dropping the 0-60 to 5.3 seconds.
Outside of these mechanical specifications, the Kia EV9 pioneers the use of more sustainable materials, which Kia says will become increasingly more common in all of its upcoming models. This includes recycled plastics and numerous plant-based materials, such as sugar cane, corn, and “natural oils.”
Looking at the Kia EV9 as a whole, the automaker’s design philosophy becomes more apparent, and the connection to its logical competitor, the Tesla Model X, becomes less clear. Kia is offering a people-carrying-focused experience that isn’t going to shock anyone when you take off down a highway onramp. Nor is the Korean company offering a “take on the world” off-roader akin to the Rivian R1S. And nowhere are these choices more apparent than in the vehicle’s interior.
Opening the massive doors to the EV9, you are greeted with two sets of captain’s chairs, not bucket seats, and a set of rear captain’s chairs that will pivot and swivel to face the window or even third-row occupants. Kia has one target market in mind; families.
Kia is showing off the EV9 in person starting later this month at the Seoul Auto Show in South Korea, followed by an appearance at the New York Auto Show in early April. Kia will launch the EV9 later this year and reveal pricing information closer to launch, though many expect a competitive price point for the Korean family hauler.
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