While the EV6 is already here, Kia has plans to bring a larger electric SUV to the United States. The Kia EV9 is expected to arrive sometime in 2023 and will give people the option to get an EV with three rows of seating. But there’s actually something more exciting, it could offer level 3 autonomous driving.
What is Level 3 autonomous driving?
A level 3 driver assistance function allows you to engage in various activities while driving. It’s known as conditional driving automation, so it doesn’t mean that a car is self-driving. Kia said it has the technology to give level 3 driving to SUVs. But it’s not yet clear whether the US will get this feature when it first goes on sale.
, Mercedes-Benz is the first automaker to obtain Level 3 driving approval in the United States. Unfortunately, Kia’s system isn’t quite there yet. When the EV9 SUV arrives, that could change.
The Kia EV9 will be bigger than the EV6
In terms of size, it will be larger than the EV6. The EV6 is an electric SUV with two rows of seats, while the EV9 will have three. Plus, the EV9 looks like a boxy SUV. Thanks to that design and the platform this electric vehicle rides on, the interior will be roomy.
If you’ve been waiting for an EV that can handle family life, this definitely could be it. You can essentially see this vehicle as the electric version of the Kia Telluride. With an estimated range of around 300 miles, it will also be practical enough for everyday use.
When will the EV9 go on sale?
According to , the Kia EV9 is expected to arrive in the first half of 2023. Its MSRP will likely be around $50,000, making it cheaper than other three-row electric SUVs currently on the market.
Hyundai Motor Group has said that Kia will produce vehicles by 2027. The first of these is the EV6 and the EV9 will be the second arrival. More and more brands are starting to go electric. Ford even offers an electric version of the F-150. So, it makes sense that Kia is taking the switch to electric vehicles very seriously.
Once the Kia EV9 arrives, it will likely start to be sold in fairly limited quantities. At least, that’s been the case with the EV6 so far. Supply chain issues are having a significant impact on the electric car market. And brands like Kia definitely suffer.
Hopefully, by the time the EV9 arrives, Kia will have gotten its Level 3 drive system approved. If so, buyers will be able to enjoy a truly advanced safety system. While level 3 doesn’t make a self-driving car, it will be an interesting feature to start seeing more of it.