The production version of the EV9 is estimated to be within striking distance of the concept KIA 2023, with a length of almost 5 metres and three rows of seats in the medium-large range, and a futuristic appearance in the form of the brand’s new ‘Opposites United’ design vocabulary. The enclosed tank hood features a large number of LEDs on both sides as a facial recognition feature, and the camera rear view and opening doors add to the overall technological level.
The interior seats are made from a mix of recycled plastic and wool fibre, with no physical buttons visible. As mentioned earlier, the EV9 is a large three-row, seven-passenger vehicle with a 232-seat arrangement in standard mode. There is also an ‘Enjoy Mode’ which allows all seats to swivel backwards and opens the tailgate to become a simple outdoor theatre.
Power specifications have not yet been announced, but KIA says the EV9 is built using the Group’s latest E-GMP, which will enable the big car to accelerate under 100 km/h in under 5 seconds with dual motor drive and an estimated battery range of 540 km. The EV9 will also be the first car to incorporate the “AutoMode” self-driving technology, which allows the car to drive itself on the motorway and offers improved functionality compared to the current Level 2 system.