The upcoming Kia EV9 SUV’s Light Long Range RWD variant impressively offers an EPA-estimated range of 489 kilometers.
The Kia EV9’s Light Long Range RWD variant showcases a leading EPA-estimated range of 489 km.
Available in five variants, the EV9 introduces two battery sizes and powertrain options, inclusive of the advanced fourth-generation battery technology.
Pricing for the EV9 spans from $54,900 to $73,900 USD.
Kia has unveiled additional details about its much-anticipated 2024 EV9, a three-row SUV that stands out partly because of its electric driving range. Specifically, the forthcoming EV9’s Light Long Range RWD model is rated with an impressive EPA-estimated 489 kilometers, surpassing the brand’s initial targets. Remarkably, all of the EV9’s five versions have exceeded their preliminary range predictions.
The EV9 is grounded on Kia’s E-GMP platform and marks the company’s first introduction of the fourth-generation battery technology, which is geared towards enhanced energy density. Potential buyers are presented with two powertrain choices. The foundational setup encompasses a 76.1-kWh battery that powers a 160-kW (215 horsepower) motor, focusing on the rear wheels. Additionally, an optional 99.8-kWh battery can be chosen, either with a single-motor setup delivering 201 horsepower or a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup with an output of 379 horsepower. These configurations give rise to the five available variants named Light (with options for short or long range), Wind, Land, and GT-Line.
Steven Center, Kia’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, emphasized the EV9’s varied powertrain selections. He pointed out that while the Light trim is tailored for extended family journeys, the GT-Line offers dynamic acceleration apt for urban driving, catering to a broad spectrum of potential EV SUV enthusiasts.
The EV9 will feature diverse drive modes, comprising Eco, Normal, Sport, My Mode, and an added Snow mode exclusive to AWD models. A standout feature is its 800V electrical system, which facilitates swift charging capabilities. In particular, the EV9 can be charged from a 10% state to 80% in less than 25 minutes when using high-speed DC chargers.
Kia has also announced the EV9’s pricing structure for the American market, initiating at $54,900 for the Light RWD variant and scaling up to $73,900 for the GT-Line e-AWD model. Reservations for the EV9 will kick off on October 16 in the US, offering perks for early birds. Dealerships are expected to have this model available in the last quarter of 2023.