Kia Australia wants the EV9 SUV
Kia is keen to take on the Tesla Model X for a large electric SUV in Australia.
The EV9 was already presented with a boxy concept and will go into production in 2023. Kia Australia hasn’t committed him to our market yet, but he has his ‘hand as high as possible’ for the car.
“While it hasn’t gotten the green light yet, we believe we’re going to be filling a really nice gap in the Australian market and leading the way in electric vehicles of this size,” Kia Australia Marketing Director Dean Norbiato told CarExpert.
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“There are a lot of coupes and sedans and smaller cars. This will be a true full-size electric vehicle for the Australian market.”
The EV9 is a three-row SUV based on Hyundai and Kia’s new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). With a length of 4930 mm, a width of 2055 mm and a height of 1790 mm, it is 50 mm shorter front to rear than a Hyundai Palisade, but 80 mm wider and 40 mm higher.
Crucially, it also rides on a 200mm longer wheelbase. That should allow Kia engineers to free up more interior space and maintain a flat floor across all three rows
Kia hasn’t offered a full breakdown of specs, but said the Concept EV9 has a range of up to 300 miles. It can also be fast-charged with DC at speeds of up to 350kW, meaning it can charge from 10 to 80 per cent in 20 to 30 minutes when connected to the right charger.
Although there are some big electric SUVs for sale in Australia – the BMW iX, for example – only the Tesla Model X, which isn’t currently shipping Down Under, offers three rows of seats. At 5036mm long and 2072mm wide, the Model X is larger than the Kia concept.
The EV9 is part of a broader e-push in which Kia will launch seven e-GMP-based vehicles worldwide by 2027.
“We are negotiating intensively to bring as many of them to our shores as quickly as possible. If we’re lucky, there could be another pair next year,” Roland Rivero, Kia Australia’s product chief, previously told CarExpert.
The flagship EV6 and more affordable Niro currently lead the charge for Kia in Australia, but supply of the former is tight and the latter isn’t built on the high-tech e-GMP platform.
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