Kia EV9 concept revealed: Everything we know so far

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Author: | Updated: 18 Nov 2021 15:11

Kia has taken the covers off its EV9 concept ahead of a production version being revealed in 2023.

With seven seats and a strikingly boxy look, here’s what we know so far.

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Kia EV9 styling

The EV9 is still in concept form, but the pictures you see here hint at what we can expect from Kia’s upcoming all-electric SUV.

It gets bold, boxy styling, with the sharp creases at the rear reminiscent of design cues used on the EV6. The front features a curved lighting unit that appears to be made up of several elements to create a lighting signature.

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The bonnet is made up of a solar-powered generator that can produce electricity from sunlight on the go. To the side, you’ll see that the EV9 features a pillarless cabin, with the rear-hinged doors providing excellent access to the roomy interior.

At the back, there’s a thin set of tail lights and a surprisingly slim rear window. To the side, it’s set off by a set of huge alloy wheels and an angular window in the C-pillar for the rear-most passengers (this is set to be a seven seater, after all). 

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Kia EV9 interior and tech

Kia has given us a glimpse of the cabin, which appears to feature a large oblong screen that makes up both a digital driver display and infotainment system. Aside from the rectangular steering wheel, the rest of the dashboard appears uncluttered.

The upholstery and trim are made from eco-friendly materials, including floors that uses old fish nets and seats that are produced using recycled plastic bottles.

The company has also suggested that the passenger compartment will be extremely flexible, suggesting its seats will be able to move around. The EV9 is also likely to be a seven seater when it eventually makes it into production.

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Kia EV9 drivetrains

There’s no news on a powertrain yet, but it’s likely to feature similar tech used in the current EV6. That means a battery of at least 77.4kWh that’ll be able to provide a 300+ mile range.

The EV9 is likely to be able to charge at up to 240kW thanks to an 800V electrical system – allowing an 80% charge to be regained in less than half an hour. Expect four-wheel drive systems and impressive performance figures, too.

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Kia EV9 reveal and release date

We’re likely to see a more polished version of the EV9 revealed next year, with production models available from 2024. 

We’ll bring you further details as soon as they are revealed.

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