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Kia EV9 2023: all-electric, three-row SUV teased ahead of global debut 


Images released by the Korean brand also show the upcoming large SUV’s complex headlight design

Kia has revealed a series of images hinting at what we can expect the final EV9 electric SUV to look like. 

From these images, we can surmise that the EV9 will look quite similar to the concept that was unveiled 2021, with recent renders also sharing a similar design. 

Kia Concept EV9 2022 front 3/4
The teaser images look a lot like the initial concept EV9

Set to be unveiled in full by Kia later this month, it’s likely that this EV9 is likely to be one of only a handful of three-row electric SUVs on sale, alongside the Mercedes-Benz EQB, given that Tesla currently doesn’t offer a seven-seat option for the Model Y in Australia. 

What do these images show? 

Despite the lack of details in the teaser images, it confirms the box-like shape of the SUV. 

As well as the squared-off edges, they also confirm that some of the EV6’s aerodynamic design cues have carried over, evident in the angled C-pillar. 

2024 Kia EV9 teaser image
Intricate detailing in the headlights hint at the EV9’s electric nature

The front-on shot shows impressive detail in the headlights, with large L-shaped day-time running lights bordering the intricate details of the lamps. 

What will power the Kia EV9? 

Though Kia claimed that the initial concept vehicle had a driving range of up to 500km, it’s a possibility that it will share a battery with the EV6. 

If it does get the 77.4kWh battery (usable size) from the EV6, it could be able to drive up to 425km on a single charge. 

2024 Kia EV9 teaser side
An angular shape will make the EV9 similar to the EV6

But given the EV9’s larger footprint, it could also benefit from a bigger battery, giving it a a range that could match the 600km of range set to be offered in Audi’s range-topping Q8 e-tron

Also likely for the upcoming EV9 is the use of dual electric motors (situated on each axle) to provide around 239kW/605Nm – similar outputs to the current Kia EV6 GT-Line. 

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