The forthcoming Kia EV9 three-row SUV is rated an EPA-estimated 304 miles in the Light Long Range RWD trim, besting an internal AER target of 300 miles. All five EV9 variants were rated higher than initial target estimates.
The 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. It 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), or a dual-motor, 283-kW (379-hp) all-wheel-drive configuration. The two battery sizes yield five variants: Light (short-range or long-range), Wind, Land, GT-Line. The EPA-estimates for each variant is as follows:1
|Trim||EPA-est. AER / MPGe|
|Light 99.8 kWh RWD||304 miles (up from targeted 300 miles) / 89|
|Wind 99.8 kWh AWD||280 miles (up from targeted 270 miles) / 83|
|Land 99.8 kWh AWD||280 miles (up from targeted 253 miles) / 83|
|GT-Line 99.8 kWh AWD||270 miles (up from targeted 243 miles) / 80|
|Light 76.1 kWh RWD||230 miles (up from targeted 223 miles) / 88|
“The EV9’s diverse powertrain offerings deliver on both AER and performance capabilities for our customers’ individual needs and preferences,” said Steven Center, COO & EVP, Kia America. “While the EV9 Light trim offers all-electric driving range ideal for long-distance family travel, the GT-Line trim can deliver spirted acceleration for around-town driving. There is something here for everyone considering an EV SUV as their next vehicle.”
Drive modes available at launch on all trims include Eco, Normal, Sport, and My Mode, while AWD models add a Snow mode. 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.
Official pricing for the Kia EV9 is as follows (MSRP excludes destination charges of $1,495):
|EV9 Light RWD||$54,900 MSRP|
|EV9 Light Long Range RWD||$59,200 MSRP|
|EV9 Wind e-AWD||$63,900 MSRP|
|EV9 Land e-AWD||$69,900 MSRP|
|EV9 GT-Line e-AWD||$73,900 MSRP|
Beginning October 16, Kia America will take reservation requests for the EV9 for $750, which can be applied to the purchase price. Customers who make a reservation request through November 27th are eligible to receive a suite of gifts after their purchase or lease of an EV9 if finalized, including a Webasto Go Dual Voltage Portable EV Charger, a complimentary three-year Kia Maintenance Plan5 and one-year of available Digital Features & Services. Additionally, all customers purchasing or leasing the all-new EV9 will receive a credit for 1,000 kWh of charging with Electrify America.
The EV9 is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in Q4 2023.