Kia is giving us our first take a look at the inside and exterior of its placing mid-size EV9 SUV, whereas saving key specs just like the battery dimension and powertrain for the official debut early subsequent month. The market-ready model hews carefully to the unique EV9 idea we first noticed in November 2021, albeit with the blockiness toned down. Nonetheless, very similar to the EV6, it is a dramatic and attention-grabbing design.
The upcoming mannequin has triangular home windows within the rear quarter panel very similar to the EV6, however in any other case seems to attract inspiration from boxy SUVs like older Vary Rovers. Kia stated it is “fashioned from a polygonal design language” that makes use of “triangular fender constructions and extremely pronounced geometric wheel arches mix with the fuselage physique.” Regardless of all of the traces and edges, although, Kia says the EV9 continues to be extremely aerodynamic.
It gives three rows of seats and thus turns into one of many first EVs to fit into the favored mid-size SUV class. Meaning it will be taking up ICE automobiles like Kia’s personal Telluride, the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and different fashions. The boxiness and squared off rear finish means it ought to provide good headroom.
One enjoyable contact is that the center row makes use of swivelling captain’s chairs, to allow them to flip round to face the rear seats, Orient Categorical-style. It’s going to be bought in 6- and 7-passenger configurations, relying on whether or not the rear seats are buckets or a bench.
Up entrance, Kia has ditched the idea’s large wraparound show in favor of two 12.3-inch screens for the gauge cluster and infotainment system. The variety of bodily buttons has been decreased and touch-sensitive sprint controls added. The inside makes use of mesh and different supplies designed to additional increase the sensation of spaciousness.
Different particulars together with infotainment system options are being saved beneath wraps till the automobile’s official reveal in early April. We do know that it is going to be constructed utilizing the EV6’s E-GMP platform, however Kia has but to say something concerning the EV9’s energy, battery dimension, vary and worth. With the EV6 beginning at $45,000 or so, the EV9 is prone to be significantly north of that — however as we have seen with Kia, it is prone to be reasonably priced for its class.