The 2023 Kia EV9 is being teased ahead of its early 2019 debut
The EV9 SUV, Kia’s flagship electric model, is getting ready to be unveiled in the first quarter of 2023. With a wheelbase that is 7.8 inches (20 centimeters) longer than the company’s Telluride model, which is its ICE equivalent in the lineup, this upright and rather boxy three-row SUV rides on the same E-GMP platform as the EV6 but has a much larger footprint and a significantly more spacious cabin.
The Korean automaker recently released a teaser video that shows a partially revealed production EV9, revealing its side profile, rear light cluster design, and a portion of its front fascia. It is interesting to note that the company announced in the video that the model would be fully exposed during the Auto Expo, which will take place in New Delhi from January 12 to 15, by posting it on its Indian website and Twitter account.
It is not yet known whether this will be the vehicle’s official global debut or if it will only be shown for the first time in India.
The overall dimensions of the concept EV9 will remain, but its design will be different and more muted. The idea had a wheelbase of 3.1 meters (122 inches) and a length of almost 5 meters (197 inches), which should give it enough room inside for all three rows of seats and headroom given the height of the vehicle.
The largest pack of the current E-GMP models has a nominal capacity of 77.4 kWh, of which about 74 kWh are usable, so an increase in battery capacity is anticipated. The EV9 and other larger E-GMP-based vehicles, such as the Hyundai Ioniq 7, are said to have around 100 kWh, giving them a range of just under 500 kilometers (310 miles) on a single charge.
The EV9 is expected to go into production toward the end of 2023. There is a good chance that Kia will offer more than one battery pack option, and the most affordable entry point will be a base model with rear-wheel drive.