Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Kia Corporation has officially revealed the form of its newest electric car, the EV9. This is Kia’s first battery-powered electric SUV to adopt a three-row seating configuration.
In terms of design, Kia carries a futuristic concept. For example, the typical appearance of Kia’s face is the ‘Digital Tiger Face’. The reason is that the company wants to show its identity which is highlighted by the ‘Digital Pattern Lighting Grille’.
This car uses vertical headlights, to give a visionary and futuristic look. Then the ‘Digital Tiger Face’ also displays two clusters of small cube lights which are positioned next to each headlamp.
In terms of size, this car is designed with a large body size, namely an overall length of 5,010 mm, a width of 1,980 mm and a height of 1,755 mm. Then the wheelbase is 3,100 mm, and supported by a variety of wheel sizes, namely 21 inches, 20 inches and 19 inches.
The Kia EV9 offers a wide choice of seat configurations that can meet various needs, namely 7-seater and 6-seater, as well as a choice of four second-row seats, options suitable for various situations such as when the car is moving, charging and resting.
“The Kia EV9 transcends all aspects of conventional SUV thinking and represents the pinnacle of Kia’s design and engineering capabilities,” said Ho Sung Song, President Director and CEO of Kia Corporation.
The Kia EV9 features a broad selection of electric drive configurations based on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) platform and leveraging Kia’s fourth generation battery technology.
This car uses a battery with a capacity of 76.1 kWh and is offered exclusively as a Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) Standard variant. There is also a Long Range option that adopts a 99.8-kWh capacity battery and is combined with all-wheel drive or All Wheel Drive (AWD).
The RWD Long Range variant uses a single 150 kW or 201 hp electric motor with 350 Nm of torque, which can make this electric SUV accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds.
There is also an RWD Standard Range variant with a single electric motor capable of producing 160 kW or 214.5 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The RWD Standard Range variant can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds.
Then the AWD variant which is equipped with two electric motors produces a total power of up to 283 kW or 380 Hp and a combined torque of 600 Nm. This powerful combination allows the EV9 to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds.
There is also a higher performance option with the Boost feature which can be purchased at the Kia Connect Store. By using the Boost feature, the resulting combined torque increases to 700 Nm and allows the EV9 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds.
Kia claims the RWD Long Range model, which uses 19-inch wheels, offers a range of more than 541 km, according to WLTP.
Using an 800 Volt ultra fast charging system, it allows the vehicle’s battery to be recharged with enough power to drive the vehicle as far as 239 km in approximately 15 minutes.
The Kia EV9 is scheduled to make its physical debut at the 2023 Seoul Mobility Show later this month. Then the EV9 will be showcased at the 2023 New York International Auto Show in early April.
Even so, Kia will start offering EV9 pre-orders for the Korean market in the second quarter of 2023. In addition, the EV9 will go on sale in certain global markets from the second half of this year.