Kia’s highly anticipated flagship electric SUV, the EV9, is gearing up for its debut in India, and the excitement is palpable as the vehicle has been recently spotted testing on Indian roads without any camouflage, hinting at an imminent launch.
Crafted on the E-GMP platform, the Kia EV9 presents three distinctive powertrain options to cater to diverse preferences and driving needs. The entry-level RWD variant houses a single 215 BHP motor paired with a 76.1 kWh battery, delivering an impressive range of 358 km. For those seeking extended range capabilities, the long-range variant boasts a larger 99.8 kWh battery, providing an extensive 541 km of range. Additionally, customers have the option to opt for the dual-motor setup, offering a combined output of 380 BHP for enhanced performance on the road.
The exterior design of the EV9 is a sight to behold, featuring a sleek front fascia with a distinct blanked-off grille and vertical LED headlamps, complemented by integrated LED daytime running lights. The rear showcases meticulous attention to detail with sleek LED tail lights and flush-fitting door handles. Notably, squared-off wheel arches with 21-inch wheels contribute to its rugged and commanding presence, setting it apart from its predecessor, the EV6.
Stepping inside the EV9 reveals a premium-looking dashboard with multiple color schemes, a dual-screen setup for the touchscreen infotainment system and digital instrument cluster, and a luxurious 4-spoke steering wheel. The spacious interior comprises three rows of seats, ensuring ample room for the whole family, and enhancing the overall appeal of this electric SUV.
Internationally, the Kia EV9 has already made waves for its bold design, sustainable focus, and impressive performance capabilities. The vehicle embraces a boxy, muscular stance, departing from conventional curves, and incorporates eco-friendly elements such as recycled materials, vegan leather options, and bio-based fabrics. The EV9’s power offerings include rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) options, with the AWD featuring a dual-motor setup delivering 379 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
The EV9 has been recognized with the prestigious 2024 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ award, solidifying its leadership position in the segment. Its competitive pricing, starting at $56,395 and reaching $75,395 depending on trim and options. In India, the expected launch price for Kia EV9 is around Rs. 80 lakhs. Additionally, the EV9 stands out with its fast-charging capabilities, allowing users to add up to 210 miles of range in just 30 minutes with DC fast charging, minimizing downtime during journeys.
As the Kia EV9 undergoes testing on Indian roads, it sparks anticipation among enthusiasts eager to witness the debut of this advanced and award-winning electric SUV in the country. The imminent arrival of the Kia EV9 promises an exciting addition to India’s burgeoning electric vehicle landscape.