The Kia EV9 electric was introduced last year as a concept for a large 6-8 seat electric crossover and then we were told that the model will be released in a production version only in 2024, alongside its brother from Hyundai, the Ionic 7. Now we are informed that Kia is shortening deadlines and plans to launch the European version in 2023 The production of the EV9.
At this point Kia is still not generous in details so we stay with the information presented with the EV9 concept, this is an electric vehicle that like Kia EV6 is based on the E-GMP platform dedicated to Hyundai Group electric vehicles, with a model length of 4.93 meters, a width of 2.05 meters, a height of 1.79 Meters and a wheelbase of 3.10 meters, so this is a huge crossover similar in size to the Kia Telluride.
It can be expected that the Kia EV9 will be marketed with only a dual electric propulsion system and it can also be expected that given the size of the model we will encounter a battery with significantly greater capacity than the Kia EV6, where the largest battery has a capacity of 77.4kWh.
In principle, the Kia EV9 is generally aimed at the American market where vehicles of this size are not even considered particularly large, but the European market is thirsty for electric vehicles and even if Kia does not sell large quantities of the model in this market, for the company the model can be used as an image aura.
Even before the Kia EV9 hits European roads, Kia will market the new Niro EV later this year. The outgoing model of the Niro EV was one of the best-selling electric vehicles in Europe in recent years, the model came to us only recently, very late and at a price that is not competitive enough in terms of supply.