Kia EV9 (Kia)
After teasers and a concept model comes the real thing: Kia revealed tonight the EV9, a large 7-seater electric crossover, which is based on an enlarged version of the successful platform already used by the Kia EV6 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and 6.
Blackened side beams and a triangular window in the back row (photo: Kia)
A flat front suitable for an electric vehicle, a square and tough design and a driver's environment that is a development of the one we saw in the other sisters to the platform, create a crossover with a unique and impressive design, which enters an almost empty market segment.
Currently only BYD Tang is found there.
The dimensions have not yet been revealed, but the new vehicle may be larger than the Sorento, and likely more spacious than it, which will make it easier for it to compete with the gasoline and diesel vehicles in the category, including the Kia Carnival and Chevrolet Traverse.
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the driver's environment.
Like the EV6 and Ionic 5, but upgraded (Photo: Kia)
Engines and drivetrain:
Kia has not yet revealed the technical specifications, but according to early leaks it is expected to include rear-wheel drive versions with 204 hp and dual with 405 hp, and offer a range of 350-462 km. The 77 kWh battery is expected to be the basic one and it is likely that there will be an option for a larger one.
The second row rotates, so that passengers can be seated facing each other (Photo: Kia)
the driver's environment includes two 12.3-inch screens, and there is a choice between 6- and 7-seat versions, in three rows.
The middle row can rotate and allow passengers to sit facing each other, in a limousine configuration.
Arrival in Israel:
in the last quarter of 2023, or early 2024.
not yet determined, but expected to be high and make the EV9 the most expensive Kia sold here.
Initial estimates speak of more than NIS 350,000 and some versions may reach the NIS 400,000 area.