The Korean automaker is actively working on refining its upcoming flagship vehicle, the Kia EV9, and if the brand’s strategists are to be believed, the midsize SUV, which is scheduled for an official global unveiling in the first quarter of 2023, should be able to survive the rigours of everyday life.
Kia engineers want to make sure the EV9 can make it through an off-road course, whether it’s climbing a hill, a rough road or even a fairly deep water hole. Like any vehicle with four-wheel drive, the future EV9 must prove its reliability despite the more challenging road conditions. What’s more, the vehicle must also stand out on high-speed tracks, especially in terms of agility or when grip is minimal on the asphalt.
The “Belgian road” test is also part of the list of tests to which the Kia EV9 is subjected if only to ensure a certain comfort aboard this vehicle that will certainly be called upon to transport families around the globe. Finally, prototypes of the three-row crossover were sent to the four corners of the world to see how it would perform in a multitude of different climates.
It’s also clear from these official photos of the production model – made up in this case – that the EV9 will resemble in many ways the Kia EV9 Concept shown at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the prototype that has also toured a few auto shows since.
The skeleton of the electric vehicle is of course the E-GMP (for Electric-Global Modular Platform), which is also found in the Hyundai IONIQ 5, Hyundai IONIQ 6, Kia EV6, and Genesis GV60. In fact, this architecture will serve as the basis for a plethora of electric vehicles within the Hyundai group.
The Kia EV9 is likely to become a key vehicle in the brand’s lineup, especially for its family wagon qualities.