2024 Kia EV9: here it is.
After so many spy shots and illustrations, we finally get to see the real production version of the Kia EV9 Electric SUV.
As far as we can tell from these early photos, it looks very close to the concept we saw back in 2021 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While still weird and probably controversial, it actually seems to look a bit better than the concept version, which is a good thing. This interior is of course completely different. But still pretty clean and attractive.
The EV9 will be the least expensive 3 rows electric SUV when it comes out. Although it will be joined by the VW ID.Buzz next year. While not a proper SUV, the VW will also appeal to buyers looking for 3 rows of seats in a corky and original package. Many have been waiting for a long time for VW’s new electric van. And I predict it will eventually be much more popular than the Kia.
From what we’ve heard earlier, the EV9 won’t be cheap, starting at $56 000 for the RWD model with a smaller battery with only around 220 miles of range. And it won’t qualify for federal incentives at all. You really have to absolutely need the space of a 3-row SUV to make this an interesting proposition. As its base price is actually higher than the Tesla Model Y now. A loaded car with a much longer range and much more power.
It’ll be interesting to see how well this does at these prices.
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It’s still too soon to talk about pricing and specs. The survey information that everyone is basing their opinions about the price and specs on isn’t set in stone. That information has in no way been confirmed as official figures from Kia. I for one am willing to bet that the official numbers won’t be the same as what was on the survey. Once the official information is revealed, that is when we can truly make a judgement on just how expensive this EV9 will be.
This looks really good. Hope the leaked specs are wrong. Won’t pay 70k for an EV with less than 300 miles of range.
Much nicer and cleaner design than its ICE models.
220 miles range is DOA. Why bother?
I don’t see what is so controversial about it’s looks? Looks like a modern EV SUV in 2023. Prices of all Korean cars have gone way up.
The EV9 is going to be build at West Pount Georgia. Kia said this in November. So people will get a tax cut.
It’s interesting how leaked rumor information from Kia stays memorable with so called bad range but won’t say nothing about confirmed information about the new Lexus BZ terrible range.
I like the styling – it’s chunky, cohesive and won’t be confused with anything else on the road.
The interior is a bit anodyne, but I could live with it.
Subject to pricing, it could do well.
The rumors of leaked unconfirmed information stays but the true information that the EV9 will be built in West Point so that tax incentives are there doesn’t spread even though Kia America literally said that it will be built in America at West Point Georgia 4 months ago until the new Hyundai EV plant in Alabama is done by 2024 where Hyundai, Kia and Genesis EVs will all be produced there. The EV9 will be the first Korean EV built in America.
337 mile range. See what happens when you just wait until the manufacturer releases specs over some rumors? You get real information.
I thought I read it would be built at the new EV Metaplant in Savannah GA along with other Hyundai EVs? Anyway, I would prefer ICE or PHEV to this. It will have limited appeal as does the rest of the segment.