So far, we’ve only seen the Kia EV9 tested once, and it wore a big, thick camouflage that hid most of the bodywork. But now it’s traded that bulky outfit for something a little body-hugging.
Seen here in new dazzling camouflage, the body lines and design features are more visible than ever, although there are still some sections that seem to have added clumps to keep us from seeing too much.
Still, the boxy design of the EV9 Concept, unveiled at the LA Auto Show in November 2021, remains on this test vehicle, seen as it circles the Nürburgring. However, this appears to be relatively early in development as the front seats are Recaro labeled and a roll cage can be seen inside.
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While the overall shape of the SUV is fairly faithful to the concept, there are differences. For example, the back doors seem to open in the traditional way, rather than being suicide doors. Some of the creases on the bodywork also look a little less extreme than the ones on that demonstrator.
The Kia EV9 will be a three-row SUV primarily intended to grab the attention of American customers. The automaker may even build the electric vehicle in the country, at a factory that could be located in Georgia. However, the model will also be offered to customers in Europe.
According to Kia, the concept version was “capable of” going up to 300 miles (482 km) on a charge and would include “next-generation ultra-fast charging technology” that makes it possible to charge from 10 to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.
The concept car was 4,930 mm (194 in) long, 2,055 mm (81 in) wide, 1,790 mm (70 in) high and has a wheelbase of 3,100 mm (122 in), making it slightly shorter than the Kia Telluride, although the wheelbase was slightly longer than that vehicle and also a bit wider.
Kia has confirmed that it will start selling the EV9 worldwide in 2023, including in North America, Europe and Asia.