Kia Concept EV9 electric SUV unveiled at LA motor show


The Kia Concept EV9 previews a new range-topping flagship for the brand’s fast-expanding electric car range. Revealed at the Los Angeles motor show, alongside the technically related and similarly positioned Hyundai Seven concept, the Concept EV9 is expected to go into production overseas before 2024.

  • The largest battery size on the Concept EV9’s will be 77.4kWh
  • Battery can charge from 10 to 80 percent in around 20 minutes
  • GT version will have a 585hp, dual electric motor layout

Kia Concept EV9: exterior and interior design

The Kia Concept 9’s styling was overseen by Kia design chief Karim Habib. Its rugged look includes the evolution of Kia’s 'Tiger Face' front grille, which has gone digital and allowed for a new air vent design at the front. This has helped reduce frontal mass and improve aerodynamic efficiency.

The front ducts also feature solar panels to charge the battery, while the 22-inch triangular-design alloy wheels further improve aerodynamic efficiency.

There are plenty of show car flourishes in the Concept EV9 that will be toned down or replaced for production. These include dramatic rear-hinged doors and pared-back, ultra-modern three-row interior – in which the second row seats can be folded completely flat and the first row of seats can swivel around to create a lounge-type space.

Kia Concept EV9: dimensions

At 4,929mm long, 2,055mm wide and 1,790mm tall, the Concept EV9 is only marginally smaller than a Range Rover, a car that will have its own all-electric version by the time the EV9 makes production. The production EV9 is expected to cost around half of what the Range Rover will.

Kia Concept EV9: battery and electric motor

Underpinning the Concept EV9 is the firm’s E-GMP electric car architecture, also used on the just-launched EV6. It is understood to use the latter’s largest lithium-ion polymer battery pack – 77.4kWh – mounted in the floor within the concept’s 3,100mm-long wheelbase. A fast charge of the battery from 10 percent to 80 percent takes around 20 minutes.

The Concept EV9 has twin motors for four-wheel drive and a 0-100kph time of around five seconds in its ‘performance model’ guise – although it is not yet confirmed whether this version will wear the same GT badge as the top-rung 585hp version of the EV6.

Kia EV range and India plans

Kia plans to have a full range of electric vehicles, from EV1 to EV9. The EV6 is the firm’s current electric flagship internationally and it is set to launch in India late next year.

Also see:

Three-row Kia KY global debut on December 16

New Kia Carnival six-seater introduced; replaces nine-seater version

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