LOS ANGELES: Kia America has revealed additional details about the highly anticipated 2024 EV9 three-row EV SUV, which is expected to hit the market in fourth quarter of 2023.
The all-electric EV9 is the second Kia model based on the E-GMP platform, and the first to feature fourth-generation battery technology designed for improved energy density.
From launch, the EV9 will be available with a choice of two powertrain options.
Standard is a 76.1-kWh battery with a 160-kW (215-hp) motor that drives the rear wheels.
An optional 99.8-kWh battery will be available in a single-motor configuration (201-hp) targeting 480km, or a dual-motor, 283-kW (379-hp) torque vectoring all-wheel-drive configuration with up to 700Nm of torque.
Drive modes available at launch on all trims include Eco, Normal, Sport, and My Mode, while AWD models add Snow Mode.
At launch, the EV9 will offer Boost, designed to improve acceleration through increased front-wheel torque.
The EV9’s standard 800V electrical architecture enables ultrafast charging on high-speed DC chargers, designed to go from a 10 to 80 percent state of charge in under 25 minutes.
With a maximum DC charging speed of up to 236kW, the EV9 can facilitate quick charging with compatible DC chargers, while the 11kW onboard charger enables expedient Level 2 charging, as well.
At the EV9’s forefront is the Digital Tiger Face, a reinterpretation of the signature Kia “Tiger Nose” grille characterized by standard Star Map daytime running lights.
Standard flush door handles with automatic deployment are seamlessly integrated into the sheet metal.
At the core of the driver cockpit is an elliptical-shaped dash, artfully designed to have a floating effect.
A wide panoramic display sits on top, maximizing digital usability with standard dual 12.3-inch screens and a 5.0-inch HVAC screen seamlessly integrated into one single panel.
Physical switches for functions like volume, temperature control and fan speed add practicality and familiarity.
In the seven-seat configuration, the second-row bench allows easy access to the third row thanks to a tilting walk-in system, even with a child seat installed.
Choosing the Captain’s Chairs option arranges the seating to accommodate six passengers, and offers Relaxation Mode with power operated leg rests.
Throughout the cabin, high power USB-C outlets are strategically placed.
The EV9 features Kia’s next-generation Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) system.
The infotainment system processes faster and in higher fidelity, with frequently used Quick Controls available with a swipe on the screen.
Standard convenience features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and wireless phone charger.
The EV9 is the first Kia model to offer vehicle system over-the-air updates.
Through the new and upcoming digital Kia Connect Store accessed via the Kia Access app or through the Kia Owner Portal, a number of Digital Features and Services can unlock the ability to remotely upgrade performance, entertainment, and more.
While the EV9 is already a mobile power source thanks to an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) and V2L, V2X (Vehicle to Everything) may expand on its capabilities.
Expected to be available via the Kia Connect digital store at a later date, V2X can potentially enable the EV9 to return in-vehicle power to the grid to help balance out electricity demand, or return in-vehicle power to the owner’s home via the available Wallbox Quasar 2 Bi-directional charger.
Standard, advanced ultrawide band-based Digital Key 2, allows customers to use their compatible Apple and Samsung smart devices or an NFC-enabled smart card as virtual vehicle keys to lock, unlock, and drive.
The technology has been advanced to allow drivers to unlock the EV9 without holding their smartphone near the door, and keys can be shared with friends and family over text messages on available devices.
The EV9 refines and expands Kia’s roster of standard and available Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Debuting on the EV9 for the Kia brand in North America is the forthcoming Advanced Highway Driving Assist (AHDA), an available driving feature that utilizes LiDAR-based technology to help maintain distance from the vehicle detected ahead and helps keep the EV9 stay in the center of detected lane markers.
Central to the EV9’s 20 standard ADAS features is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA-2)27, designed to help detect and prevent collisions from occurring under certain conditions.
This has been enhanced on the EV9 to, in certain circumstances, detect: vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists in front of the vehicle while driving (FCA-CPC); oncoming vehicles while turning left at an intersection (FCA-JT); and crossing vehicles while passing through an intersection (FCA-JC).
The system is also designed to help provide a degree of braking and/or steering input to help prevent or minimize certain collisions if the system detects: oncoming vehicles while passing other vehicles (FCA-LO); vehicles in front of the car while changing lanes (FCA-LS); and obstacles, pedestrians, or other vehicles in front of the car while driving straight (FCA-ESA).