Kia has confirmed that it will offer the EV9 electric SUV in Europe and the UK from 2023 as the new larger model.
Previewed by the EV9 Concept which was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year, it is similar in size to the US-only Kia Telluride and was designed specifically for meet this market’s demand for large SUVs. But with the growing demands for such vehicles in Europe, it will now also be offered for sale here.
Although the EV9 is unlikely to sell in large numbers in the UK due to its size, Kia believes it can serve as a brand halo model appealing to buyers of Range Rovers and others. large premium SUV.
The Concept EV9 uses the same Hyundai Motor Group EV-specific platform as the current Kia EV6 crossover, with its 4930mm length and 3100mm wheelbase, both the largest that can be achieved. These dimensions are set to be retained for the production version.
The EV9 is likely to have a dual-motor powertrain giving four-wheel drive, but an entry-level variant with a single motor on the rear axle is a possibility.
The E-GMP platform has an 800V electrical architecture, allowing fast charging up to 350kW.
The styling of the Concept EV9 is described by Kia’s European design chief, Gregory Guillaume, as “a close look” at the production version, albeit with some of the more extravagant features that need to be pared back.
The angular and bold exterior styling should be retained, along with the “digital tiger face” front end, which features customizable LED lights effectively hidden inside the bodywork in what Kia calls a “cloud platform.” ‘stars “.
While the Concept EV9’s rear-hinged rear doors and lack of B-pillar are unlikely to carry over to the production car, a number of internal features including the stripped-down dashboard and seats with thin, angular head restraints are expected. to remember in one form or another.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-29 07:01:25