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Kia EV9 2025: high performance version with EV6 GT levels of punch in the works


Kia has confirmed that its upcoming large electric SUV, the EV9, will be joined by a performance version in early 2025

Kia has today confirmed what we can expect from the core EV9 lineup but it seems a lot more is in store for this large SUV going forward.

The South Korean automaker’s president and chief executive officer, Ho Sung Song, has confirmed during a media Q&A that the EV9 will be available with a high-performance GT variant in early 2025. 

Kia EV9 2023 side
The high-performance EV9 GT is coming in 2025

“Building on our success of the EV6 GT, we are happy to announce we are currently developing a high performance version of EV9 that aims to redefine what performance means in an electric SUV.

“We are aware of the growing demand for high performance vehicles in electric segments,” he said. 

The Kia EV9 GT will join Kia’s existing lineup of GT-branded products including the all-electric EV6 GT, the petrol-powered Cerato GT hatchback and the Stinger GT, all of which are currently on sale in Australia. 

What could an EV9 GT look like in 2025?

When launched, the Kia EV9 GT could be a strong competitor for the likes of the BMW iX and the upcoming Polestar 3 SUV and the yet-to-be revealed Hyundai Ioniq 7. 

Kia EV9 2023 front
We are likely to see some crazy power figures on the EV9 GT

The EV9 GT would likely have a unique suspension tune, slightly different exterior and interior looks and could get (slightly) more power than the 430kW/740Nm Kia EV6 GT. 

Currently, the most powerful version of the EV9 is the dual-motor 283kW/600Nm model – with a future update set to boost torque to 700Nm.

High outputs on E-GMP have clearly been made possible with the EV6 GT, so we could see outputs as high as 480kW-500kW for the larger EV9 GT, but for now we can only speculate. 

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