A prototype Kia EV9 SUV in a studio

Enlarge / This is a prototype of the new Kia EV9 electric SUV, which goes on sale in the latter half of 2023. (credit: Kia)

Kia provided flights from DC to Seoul and back, plus two nights in a hotel, so we could meet the prototype EV9. Ars does not accept paid editorial content.

SEOUL, KOREA—In 2021, Kia used that year’s Los Angeles Auto Show to debut a new electric concept called the EV9. Today, Kia took the wraps off the production version, which goes on sale in the second half of this year. The production EV9 is definitely an evolution of the show car but with some of the concept’s more outrageous design details toned down a bit.

It’s a large three-row SUV that uses Kia and Hyundai’s advanced new electric vehicle platform called E-GMP, which has already impressed us and many others in new EVs like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia’s EV6. Those two are smaller crossovers, but the EV9 is bringing that 800 V technology to a larger vehicle, one that should be well-suited to North American tastes.

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Source:: Ars Technica


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