Kia has unveiled the exterior and interior design of its highly anticipated flagship SUV, the Kia EV9. The first three-row electric SUV from the brand, the EV9 boasts bold styling and sophisticated elegance both inside and out. A "digital global premiere" is expected later in March 2023 where the company will share product details and pricing.
"We are thrilled to introduce the Kia EV9, the first dedicated electric vehicle from Kia built on the E-GMP platform," said Kia President and CEO, Ho Sung Song. "The EV9 represents the brand's commitment to sustainable transportation and reinforces Kia's position as a leader in the EV market."
The EV9 features a sleek and modern design that's sure to turn heads. The exterior of the SUV is both bold and sophisticated, with a unique front grille and dynamic LED lighting.
The SUV boasts several distinctive features, such as the innovative triangular tail lights, sleek flush door handles, and geometric aero-style rims. Additionally, the front LEDs feature tessellated designs and create a dynamic "Digital Tiger Face," providing a unique visual experience for the driver and passengers.
"The Kia EV9 breaks new ground, aiming to redefine standards for design, connectivity, usability and environmental responsibility," said Karim Habib, Executive Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center. "The Kia EV9 offers customers an exceptionally high-quality proposition and a fresh EV perspective in the family SUV sector. This new vehicle typology provides instinctive experiences and excellent comfort for not just the driver, but all occupants, through innovative use of space, technology and design."
The EV9's interior takes inspiration from the Concept EV9, which boasted flexible seating configurations. The production model retains some of that functionality, as evidenced by photos showcasing a center row of swiveling seats for its six-seater version. These seats can rotate to face the rear seats for face-to-face interactions, or toward the doors for ease of access.
“The Kia EV9 offers customers an exceptionally high-quality proposition and a fresh EV perspective in the family SUV sector,” EVP and head of Kia Global Design Center Karim Habib states in a press release.
With the Rivian R1S, Mercedes EQS SUV, and Tesla Model X and Y being the only three-row electric SUVs available, all with relatively high starting prices (except the Model Y), the Kia EV9 may offer an affordable alternative.
The Kia EV9's driver experience features a pair of 12.3-inch touchscreens arranged side-by-side. In addition, a 5-inch screen segment is located in the center for quick access to climate controls and other functions.
The complete specifications, battery range, pricing, and availability of the production EV9 have not been disclosed by Kia yet. However, the company has announced that all information will be made public later this month in their "digital global premiere".