Specifications of Kia’s forthcoming electric SUV flagship seem to have been released to customers, along with estimated prices for the US market.
The Korean brand has given us an idea of what to expect from the upcoming Kia EV9 in a market research survey sent to a Kia Telluride owner and viewed by Car & Driver.
It is said to be offered with a choice of drivetrains, with single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive.
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Five variants were detailed in the survey, with the base single-engine model offering 149 kW of power and 339 Nm of torque and a claimed 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 8.5 seconds.
While battery size was not specified, this base class has a claimed range of 354km but no towing capacity. It rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels.
It’s unclear what test cycle these range numbers are based on, but they could be estimates from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the EPA cycle is known to be pretty strict.
The survey lists a price of around US$56,000 (AUD79,650), making it even more expensive than the top-end Telluride SX Prestige X-Pro (US$52,985 / AUD75,362). For reference, the lone Sorento PHEV sold in the US – the SX Prestige – retails for $49,990 (AUD71,102).
Another single-engine variant costs $61,000 (AUD86,762), has a range of up to 467km and offers 907kg of towing capacity, albeit with a slower 0-60mph acceleration of 8.9 seconds.
The other three variants listed have twin-engine all-wheel drivetrains. The cheapest, priced at US$63,000 (AUD89,606), has 298kW and 515Nm, which translates to 0 to 60mph acceleration in 6.0 seconds.
The range is reduced to 418 km, but the towing capacity is increased to 1588 kg. It rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels.
A $68,000 (AUD$79,650) version with 20-inch wheels reduces the range to 386 km.
Finally, the flagship version, priced at $73,000, also has a range of 386km and 298kW, but has extra torque (651Nm) and towing capacity (total 2,041kg).
With an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, it is the fastest member of the proposed EV9 family. The survey also notes that it rides on 21-inch black wheels with black exterior trim, plus 10mm more ground clearance.
Kia in the US tends to give its highest-end SUVs a more rugged look with black or dark gray exterior elements.
“Like other automakers, we constantly evaluate the market and often conduct regular surveys to learn about future product development,” a Kia spokesman told Car & Driver.
A spokesman also told Electrek that the final specs are “very much in flux at this time, with launch scheduled later this year.”
It remains to be seen how closely the EV9 adheres to these proposed specs.
It has yet to be revealed in production form, although a debut is slated for the first quarter of this year.
The EV9, first shown as a concept in November 2021, will be Kia’s flagship model, and the Australian arm of the company has said it’s raising its hand for any EV it can get its hands on.
Kia released images of prototypes in the final stages of testing last August, putting EV9s through their paces both on and off-road.
The camouflage lets us see that it’s very similar to the Concept EV9, although some of the wilder elements of this vehicle like its 22-inch wheels and suicide doors have either been toned down or removed.
The production EV9 also shares some visual kinship with the popular Telluride crossover, such as its vertical lighting elements and boxy shape, though certain elements like the beltline-up kick and wheelbase length have been exaggerated.
The production version of the EV9 is expected to be similar in size to the concept.
The Concept EV9 was 4930 mm long, 2055 mm wide and 1790 mm high with a wheelbase of 3100 mm.
For reference, this is 50mm shorter, 80mm wider and 40mm taller than the Hyundai Palisade, closely related to the Kia Telluride.
The Concept EV9 also has a 200mm longer wheelbase than the Palisade to maximize interior space.
The Kia EV9, a large, boxy three-row SUV, will be built on the modular E-GMP platform that underlies the EV6, as well as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 and Genesis GV60.
Hyundai also has its own large three-row SUV in the works, to be unveiled with the 2021 Seven concept and expected to launch in 2024. It will carry the Ioniq 7 nameplate.
Genesis is also rumored to be working on its own flagship three-row EV SUV, which may carry the GV90 nameplate.
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