Kia introduced that deliveries of the EV9 three-row electrical SUV started in Korea on June 19.
The automaker is providing the Kia EV9 base mannequin in two trim ranges in its dwelling market – Air and Earth – with every providing a selection of single-motor rear-wheel-drive or dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrains.
The Air trim comes with options resembling freeway driving help, steering wheel grip detection with capacitive sensors, a panoramic large show, and double-laminated acoustic glass for the primary and second rows.
The Earth trim brings a extra upscale cabin including options like first-row reclining consolation seats, dual-color ambient lighting, and a 12-inch interactive head-up show.
Kia may even provide the EV9 GT-Line mannequin in Korea the third quarter, pending completion of the federal government certification course of. As well as, the automaker has confirmed it’s creating the high-performance Kia EV9 GT, which is anticipated to debut at the start of 2025.
In Korea, the Kia EV9 presents two seating configurations for the second row: three reclining seats (with rest and therapeutic massage features), and two swivel seats (second and third rows going through one another).
A Kia official instructed Korea Financial Each day that Kia is anticipating the EV9 to be a conquest mannequin based mostly on the pre-orders obtained thus far.
“With 60% of EV9 pre-orders coming from personal clients, 55% of whom are new to the Kia model, we’re very inspired to see new demand for our flagship mannequin, which has a excessive model repurchase fee,” he stated.
“We’re assured that EV9 will lead the Kia EV model whereas pioneering a brand new section with its revolutionary product providing and premium worth as a flagship mannequin,” he added.
The Kia EV9 is the model’s second EV mannequin after the EV6 designed on guardian firm Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP devoted electrical automobile platform.
The big three-row electrical SUV includes a 99.8-kilowatt-hour battery that allows a claimed driving vary of 311 miles (501 kilometers) in Korea, making it the longest vary mannequin in Kia’s EV lineup. Costs for the EV9 begin at roughly $60,800 (78,140,000 received) in Korea.
Kia hasn’t introduced when EV9 deliveries will start in the US, however an April 2023 report from Ward’s Auto claimed that may occur in November.