Kia has released its first Auto Expo 2023 teaser, which confirms that the EV9 electric concept SUV will be on display. The EV9 electric concept car was first shown by Kia at the Los Angeles Motor Show in 2021. It is not expected to go into production anywhere in the world until the end of 2023.
The electric SUV will be Kia’s top-of-the-line EV, and the Hyundai Seven Concept, which is also electric, will be its cousin.
Kia EV9 concept design
The Kia EV9 is 4,929mm long, 2,055mm wide, and 1,790mm tall, which is almost the same size as a Range Rover. It has a 3,100mm wheelbase, which is the biggest that can be done on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) platform. This is the same platform that supports the Kia EV6 sold in India.
In terms of how it looks, the EV9 concept will have a lot of show car features. The front has a new take on the famous “tiger nose” grille with a blanked-out panel, individual LED light modules, and a Z-shaped cluster of headlights. It looks like a box, with straight lines, flat surfaces, and a large glasshouse that curves sharply after the C-pillar. At the back, there are vertical LED tail lights and a big bumper.
Kia EV9 concept interior and other features
Inside, the EV9 concept will have a simple dashboard with two screens for information and entertainment, a flat-bottom steering wheel with no spokes, and no physical controls at all. The concept will have a three-row layout with cool ambient lighting all around. The second row of seats can be folded completely flat, and the first row of seats can turn around to make a lounge-like space.
But it’s likely that even these will be toned down for the final model. It will have features like self-driving, software updates that can be done over-the-air, and feature-on-demand (FOD), which lets owners buy only the functions they want.
Kia EV9 concept battery
The EV9 concept will probably be shown off with a 77.4kWh battery pack, which is also the larger of the two battery packs available for the smaller EV6. Even though the official range and output numbers haven’t been released yet, you can expect to hear more about them when the production-spec model comes out.
The electrical architecture of the E-GMP platform is 800V, which lets it charge quickly at up to 350kW. It takes about 20 minutes to quickly charge the battery from 10% to 80%. The EV9 is expected to come out with a top-of-the-line model with two motors and four-wheel drive, as well as a base model with a single motor that drives the rear axle.
Kia in Auto Expo 2023
Kia will also have the EV6 on display at Auto Expo 2023, along with the EV9. At the event, Kia is also likely to show off the second generation of the Carnival and a new look for the Seltos SUV. Kia may also show off the Sorento SUV, which is part of its global line-up.