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In 2020, the Kia Corp (then Kia Motors) launched its Plan S Strategy. Aiming to be the next big all-electric automaker, Kia started investing in battery-electric vehicle (BEV) technology and applications to start a new lineup of electrified and BEV models. The first major goal was to release a dedicated BEV in 2021, and that brought us the EV6. In 2022, Kia held its CEO Investor Day conference and announced a target goal of two new BEVs a year between 2023 and 2027. In 2022 we got the EV6, but in 2023 we already have the Kia EV9 and hints at the EV5. See all the highlights for the all-electric SUV, the Kia EV9.
This is an all-electric vehicle with no predecessor, although it seems to be awfully similar to the Telluride. Built on the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) of the Kia EV6, we’ll be seeing several models using this platform, although parent group Hyundai Motor (HMG) is already working on a new one. Available with two power modules, the standard EV9 comes with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a 76.1-kWh battery powering an electric motor. The standard output is 160 kW / 350 Nm (214 HP/258 lb-ft of torque.
The second power module is available in models with the RWD Long Range drivetrain. A 99.8-kWh battery powers a 150 kW / 350 Nm (201 HP/258 lb-ft of torque) electric motor. Also available is and all-wheel drive (AWD), powered by two electric motors, generating a total output of 283 kW/600 Nm (379 HP/443 lb-ft of torque). For an extra boost ofd power, Kia is opening a Kia Connect Store where drivers can download the optional Boost feature and slightly increase the horsepower and torque (516 lb-ft) for several seconds before cooling down.
If driving with RWD Long Range, the model has an all-electric range (AER) of 541 km (335 miles) when equipped with 19-inch wheels. Able to charge up quickly, with an ultra-fast 800 Volt charging system, the battery pack can charge up to 100-percent in about 15 minutes, an outstanding rate and makes recharging much more practical. The EV9 can also be used as a portable battery, able to discharge energy, up to 3.68 kW of power, for laptops and other electronic equipment.
Kia’s ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy is all about mixing natural shapes and geometry found in the real world and then applying them to the body of an automobile. One pillar of this new design philosophy is “Bold for Nature”, and we can see this instantly with the front fascia of the EV9, The front fascia fashions a “Digital Pattern Lighting Grille” and jagged, vertical headlamps that draw the eyes towards the new “Digital Tiger Face” of BEV models. Another new tradition on BEV models is the innovative ‘Star Map LED daytime running lights (DRLs), programmed with animated lighting patterns (more available for download). The roofline is swept back to convey motion and aerodynamic capability, along with flushed door handles and slim tail lights.
Inside, the long wheelbase and E-GMP platform offer the driver and passengers much more space to work with, already increasing ride comfort. Offering six- and seven-occupant seating, a lounge-mode is available. When parked, the first-row seats can swivel around 180 degrees and foldup the second-row seats to make a table. Likewise, the second-row can also swivel around 180 degrees to chat with the third row – parents will surely love this for checking in on young ones. It also gives a whole new meaning to, “Don’t make me come back there.” Front and second-row seats can recline and rest while the EV is charging, and the third row is equipped with cup holders and charging points.
The instrument cluster is replaced with a floating panoramic dashboard and two 12.3-inch touch screens, one of which has a 5-inch segment display. An extended display offers the driver to easily control heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) with “hidden” buttons on the screen (probably translucent as to not obstruct what’s on screen). A new high-definition audio visual, navigation and telematics (AVNT) screen gives the driver a clear view of what’s on screen and has made the Kia Connect system more user friendly.
Level 3 autonomy is being introduced with Kia’s Highway Driving Pilot (HDP) system. Made up of 15 sensors (including two LiDARs), the HDP can scan 360-degrees around the vehicle to detect and react to the road and potential collisions. For those who aren’t a fan of driving on the highway, HDP can also provide real-time assistance across a wide range of driving conditions.
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