What’s Happening: Kia has unveiled its all-electric 2024 EV9 SUV for the first time in North America at the 2023 New York International Auto Show. The EV9 is the company’s first three-row electric SUV and serves as the flagship of Kia’s global Plan S strategy.
Why It Matters: As a pioneer in its segment and the automotive industry, the EV9 demonstrates Kia’s commitment to electrification and innovation, blending the automaker’s expertise in SUVs and electric vehicles.
- The EV9 is built on the proven E-GMP architecture and offers seating for up to seven passengers.
- Its 800V electrical architecture enables ultrafast recharging, going from 10 to 80 percent in under 25 minutes.
- The vehicle features over-the-air updates, ultra-wideband-based Digital Key, and Onboard Power Generator (V2L) functionality.
- The EV9’s exterior and interior designs emphasize the Kia design philosophy of “Opposites United.”
- The EV9 will be available in six- and seven-seat configurations, with generous cargo space and towing capability.
Bottom Line: The all-electric Kia EV9 SUV showcases the automaker’s commitment to electrification and innovation, offering a spacious, powerful, and high-value SUV with impressive design and advanced features. The EV9 is expected to arrive in the United States in Q4 2023.