Your First Look At The Kia EV9 Electric SUV On Indian Roads

  • Feb 15, 2024
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When it’s launched, the EV9 will be the most expensive Kia to go on sale on our shores

The Kia EV9 full size electric SUV has been confirmed for an India launch later this year. And ahead of its introduction, we have spotted the full size premium electric SUV on our roads while it’s being tested. When it’s launched here, the EV9, expected to be brought as a fully imported model, will be the most expensive Kia on our shores. 

Exterior Design 


The Kia EV9 features stylish headlights complemented by intricately designed DRLs, connected via a light bar. As an electric vehicle, it features a grille-free front end, featuring a single air vent positioned lower in the bumper for cooling the components. Its profile boasts a boxy design with flared wheel arches housing distinctive alloy wheels. The rear reveals a sporty spoiler atop a clean, minimalist tailgate, accentuated by L-shaped taillights extending from the top of the C-pillars to the bumper.

Interior Design 

Step inside and like other high-end Kias, you get a dual integrated 12.3-inch infotainment and driver's displays. Right below it is a single row of touch buttons for the infotainment touchscreen, while another row of physical buttons resides beneath the air vents, facilitating easy access to the air conditioning controls. The driver also gets a chunky four-spoke steering wheel. 

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However, the highlight ought to be the three-row layout, which could make this one of the first three-row electric luxury SUVs to be launched in India. To know what features the EV9 comes packing with, head to this report.

Powertrain Options

The Kia EV9 will be offered in two broad variants: Standard Range and Long Range. You can have it with either a single motor rear-wheel drive or a dual motor all-wheel drive option (limited to Long Range). You can take a look at the detailed specifications of the Kia EV9 in this table below:

 

RWD Standard Range

RWD Long Range 

AWD

Motor(s)

Single motor, rear-wheel drive

Single motor, rear-wheel drive

Dual motor, all-wheel drive 

Power (PS)

217PS 

204PS

385PS

Torque (Nm)

350Nm 

350Nm 

600Nm 

Battery Capacity 

76.1kWh 

99.8kWh 

99.8kWh 

0-100kmph time

8.2 seconds 

9.4 seconds 

6 seconds 

Claimed Range

Targeting over 541km depending on the powertrain combination

Expected Price And Rivals

As mentioned above, the Kia EV9 is expected to be introduced as a fully imported model and could be priced near the Rs 1 crore mark (ex-showroom). When launched, it will be a slightly affordable and more practical model to other premium luxury EVs such as the BMW iX, Audi Q8 e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV.

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