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Kia unveils EV9, its new flagship electric SUV.

Pre-orders of the Kia EV9 in the Korean market will begin in the second quarter of 2023, and it will go on sale in selected global markets in the second half of the year.

Kia has just unveiled its new flagship electric SUV, the Kia EV9, which is set to revolutionize the all-electric SUV market. The EV9 is the first three-row seat electric flagship SUV from the brand and is based on the innovative Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The vehicle is designed to deliver athletic performance, complemented by a targeted all-electric range of over 541 km, according to WLTP.

One of the most exciting features of the EV9 is its ultra-fast 800-volt charging capability, which allows the battery pack to be replenished with sufficient charge to power the vehicle for 239 km in approximately 15 minutes.

Kia EV9 Design

Guided by the brand’s ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, the EV9 has been designed to strike a balance between natural and modern elements. The ‘Bold for Nature’ design pillar has played a pivotal role in forming the design of the EV9, which combines elements from the natural and material worlds to create a stunning, unique aesthetic. The vehicle also boasts an impressive aerodynamic coefficient of 0.28, ensuring it delivers on performance as well as style.

In addition to the standard model, Kia has also unveiled the GT-line model design, which features a unique aesthetic that sets it apart from the standard model. The front and rear bumpers, wheels, and roof rack have undergone a transformation, and the GT-line features a distinctive black color palette that exudes a strong and assertive presence.

The EV9 also offers a range of seating options to cater to diverse needs, including seven-seater and six-seater configurations, as well as a variety of second-row seat options. This makes it a practical choice for those who need to transport both people and cargo, and who value versatility and convenience.

Kia EV9 Powertrain

EV9 offers a variety of electric powertrain options based on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and utilizing the company’s fourth-generation battery technology. The Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) Standard model comes with a 76.1-kWh battery, while both the RWD Long Range and All Wheel Drive (AWD) variants feature a 99.8-kWh battery.

Kia has taken a holistic approach to the EV9’s electric powertrain, ensuring that the vehicle’s athletic performance is matched by an impressive range. The RWD Long Range model, equipped with 19-inch wheels, boasts a targeted range of over 541 km according to WLTP.

The RWD Long Range model is powered by a 150 kW / 350 Nm electric motor and can accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in 9.4 seconds, while the Standard RWD EV9 uses a more powerful 160 kW / 350 Nm electric motor, enabling it to reach 0-to-100 km/h in 8.2 seconds.

The AWD variant is equipped with two electric motors that generate a total output of 283 kW and a combined torque of 600 Nm. This configuration allows the SUV to go from 0-to-100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds. For those seeking even greater performance, the optional Boost feature, which can be purchased later at the Kia Connect Store, increases the combined torque to an exceptional 700 Nm, allowing the EV9 to accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds.

Kia EV9 also offers Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) functionality through its Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU), which enables energy to be discharged from the vehicle battery. This feature allows families to utilize up to 3.68 kW of power for laptops or camping equipment.

ADAS

The Kia EV9 is set to make significant strides towards full autonomy with the help of the Highway Driving Pilot (HDP) system. This system, which incorporates fifteen sensors, including two lidars, allows the EV9 to scan its surroundings in a 360-degree field of view, detect objects, and react to the road and other users to prevent potential collisions.

With this technology, the EV9 will be capable of providing intelligent, real-time assistance to the driver in a range of driving conditions, allowing for conditional Level 3 autonomous driving in certain areas of the world. This means that drivers can take a temporary break from controlling the vehicle under certain circumstances. Kia is planning to include the HDP system in the EV9 GT-line model in the future, and more information about this system will be revealed closer to its market availability.

EV9 Safety Features

The EV9’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) offer a range of safety features, including the innovative Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 (RSPA 2) technology. By using ultrasonic sensors to detect obstacles, the RSPA 2 can automatically park the EV9 in a designated space without driver intervention, even when the driver is outside the vehicle. The driver can initiate the procedure using the Kia smart key, Digital Key 2, and the RSPA 2 system controls the accelerator, brakes, and gearshift while automatically applying the brakes if an obstruction is detected.

The EV9 also incorporates a range of other ADAS features to enhance passenger safety, including Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), and Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), designed to assist drivers in potentially dangerous situations. Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC) ensures safe driving on highways, while Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2) enables lane changes and uses a hands-on detection (HOD) sensor to ensure driver engagement.

Other safety and convenience features include Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance (RCCA) and Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA), as well as the ability to open and start the car using Digital Key 2, which utilizes Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) technology and allows users to access the vehicle from their smartphone, even when the key is in their pocket or bag – a first for Kia. With these features, the EV9 is designed to offer a safe and convenient driving experience.

The EV9 is set to make its inaugural physical debut at the Seoul Mobility Show 2023 later this month. It will then be showcased at this year’s New York International Auto Show in early April.

Kia will begin offering pre-order of the EV9 for the Korean market in the second quarter of 2023. The Kia EV9 will go on sale in selected global markets in the second half of the year.

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