The EV6 is an electric SUV that has garnered praise since it was introduced. It offers a long electric range and is cheaper than something like a Tesla. But for those who need a three-row SUV, it certainly isn’t. That’s all about to change with the introduction of the Kia EV9.
Is the Kia EV9 a 7-seater?
The new Kia EV9 will have the ability to accommodate up to seven passengers. In short, it will be like a Kia Telluride for those who want an electric SUV. This should be quite exciting for families who are interested in exploring the world of electric vehicles, it will build on the success of the EV6.
, Kia EV9 will get the Highway Driving Pilot function. This is a level 3 autonomous driving system and you may be wondering what that means exactly. Essentially, a Level 3 system allows a vehicle to control itself on the highway without user monitoring.
Now, in the event of an emergency, the driver will still need to be able to intervene to make corrections. However, Level 3 autonomous driving certainly looks like something out of the future.
The feature may not be available in the US at launch. At the time of publication, no Level 3 systems have been approved for use on American roads. But the Kia EV9 is expected to arrive for the 2024 model year. So maybe by then we could enjoy this kind of technology.
How much range will the Kia EV9 have?
Kia said the EV9 will have a maximum range of about 340 miles. Along with that, this electric SUV will be able to recharge quickly. Just like the Kia EV6, that means being able to go from a 10% charge to 80% in less than 30 minutes. This will make this electric vehicle quite practical in terms of day-to-day use.
The EV9 will travel on the Electric Global Modula Platform, or E-GMP. This is the same platform used by the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5. It has a flat floor, which allows for some serious versatility. That means more room for things like passengers and cargo.
This Kia EV will be bigger than the current EV6. It also looks squarer according to current renders. Really, it looks like it’s trying to look like a rugged SUV, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Consumers seem to like a vehicle that looks ready for adventure.