- The 2024 EV9 will have an 800-volt charging architecture for speedy charging.
- Kia will include a robust forward-collision avoidance assist driver-assistance feature.
- The three-row SUV will have tech features like a digital key and a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen.
- Sticker prices for other trim levels are coming soon.
The 2024 Kia EV9 is beginning to show up in dealership showrooms, and the automaker just announced the starting price and standard features in the three-row all-electric SUV. The exciting three-row SUV is priced similarly to other Kia and Hyundai EVs.
Well-Equipped Entry-Level RWD Trim
Kia expects delivery to dealerships in the later part of the fourth quarter of 2023, and the entry-level EV9 Light RWD will be priced at $54,900 before destination charges are added. This entry-level trim will feature a single electric motor with 215 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Like the Hyundai IONIQ 6 and Kia EV6, the EV9 Light RWD will have the 800-volt charging architecture to charge from 10 to 80 percent in under 25 minutes. It will also feature SynTex leather-trimmed seating for up to seven passengers, 19-inch alloy wheels, and heated and ventilated front seats.
Kia decided to keep the 2024 EV9 affordable, while still including important features like fast-charging capabilities, plenty of safety technology, and a “perfect balance of standard features. The EV9 will be the Kia flagship model. Early production will happen in South Korea, but assembly will move to West Point, Georgia in 2024.
The automaker hasn’t yet announced pricing for the other trims: Light Long Range, Wind, Land, and GT-Line. It’s expected that a GT model will eventually be announced.
Features in the Flagship SUV EV
The EV9 is the third fully-electric vehicle from Kia, joining the popular EV6 and affordable Niro EV. The flagship SUV has a boxy and triangular design with a 122.0-inch wheelbase that sits atop the E-GMP platform. The GT-Line measures 197.4 inches long while the other trims will be 197.2 inches long.
Kia fans will compare the EV9 to the Telluride, and the two SUVs are similar in size. The EV9 is a bit longer than the Telluride, and both are similar in height at 70.1 inches.
The Kia 2024 EV9 has a unique dash with an elliptical shape making it look like it’s floating. The panoramic display has a pair of 12.3-inch screens and a 5.0-inch screen that features the HVAC controls. Like the EV6, the EV9 will have haptic switches below the infotainment and HVAC screens that allow drivers to flip between the controls for the sound system and the HVAC system.
The infotainment system will include a next-generation Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) with favorite Quick Controls available with a quick screen swipe. The ccNC system will help drivers avoid range anxiety as it uses arrival time and remaining mileage estimates. This system will also include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a wireless charging pad.
Kia will also offer a Digital Key in the smartphone app and an NFC-enabled smart card key that allows drivers to lock, unlock, and drive the car. The smartphone app lets drivers unlock their EV9 without having to put their phones near the door. The key is shareable via text.
Robust Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist Safety Tech
The automaker includes 20 standard driver-assistive features in the EV9. The main driver-assist feature is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist. This feature prevents collisions and has technology that detects nearby vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists in the front of the vehicle.
This innovative safety technology also helps avoid accidents when turning left and passing through an intersection. Collision-Avoidance Assist also uses sensors to avoid accidents when passing oncoming vehicles, when changing lanes, and while driving straight toward an obstacle.
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