The Kia EV9 is the next seven-seat electric SUV from the Korean manufacturer. It is progressing as planned and some information has been leaked online. It was previewed by a concept car and it is now near completion of its development, with a final presentation forthcoming. However, some of its features have already been revealed.
According to Electrek, Kia reached out to a group of Kia Telluride customers in the US and asked them to select from five trim levels, believed to be for the upcoming Kia EV9, which is based on the e-GMP platform of the Kia EV6.
Up to 400 hp
The Kia EV9 will have multiple mechanical configurations, including one or two electric motors. The entry-level version could offer 203 hp and 340 Nm of torque. The two-engine version would rise to 405 hp and 515 Nm, while a top-of-the-range version would have 650 Nm of torque.
We can assume that these values have been deliberately rounded off. Remember that the less powerful EV6 (with the 77.4 kWh battery) has 229 hp, and an EV9 of only 200 hp does not make much sense.
Besides performance, with 0-100 km/h times ranging from 8.9 to 5.2 seconds, the difference will mainly be in towing capacity. The entry-level model won’t be able to carry adequate equipment. Level 2 will be able to tow 900 kg. On the all-wheel drive side, the Kia EV9 will be capable of pulling 1,600 or 2,000 kg. Finally, only two versions will be equipped with seven seats, while the others will only have six seats like the Tesla Model X. The Kia EV9 will be unveiled in its final configuration later this year.