Kia first came on the electric car scene in 2011 with the debut of the Ray EV. Being an early adopter of EV technology has enabled the Korean carmaker to get a leg-up on the competition with its current range of all-electric models, which includes the EV6 — the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, as well as Finland’s Car of the Year, amongst numerous other noteworthy accolades. And for the 2024 model year, the company is now tossing its hat into the high-end electric SUV sector with its all-new Kia EV9 SUV.
As the model’s monicker suggests, the EV9 marks Kia’s ninth entry into the electric vehicle market. Boasting a sleek fuselage body bestowing with a polygonal design language, the EV9 features flush door handles, a lightly sloping roofline, a slim rear taillight arrangement, futuristic-looking wheels beneath geometric wheel arches, and a smooth grille-less EV-style front-end that’s flanked by massive vertically-running LED headlights supplemented by what Kia calls “Star Map” LED DRLs. The entire SUV is also constructed atop Kia’s Electric Global Modular Platform.
Sporting an equally sleek visual theme, the interior of the Kia EV9 is offered in six and seven-seat configurations, thanks to the inclusion of a third row of seats — which features cup-holders and charging ports. The interior also comes loaded with 180-degree-swiveling middle seats that can face forward or rearward, plus a floating panoramic dashboard that’s joined by two additional 12.3” touch screens integrated and a single 5” segment display. As great as the SUV looks, Kia has yet to reveal any details on its power, range, or any other specs — though we anticipate this information to trickle out later this year as we get closer to the model’s release.
The 2024 Kia EV9 is slated for a release next year, and while pricing has yet to be revealed, we anticipate a starting price of around $55,000 for the lowest trim level options.