Kia EV9 Details Emerge; Batteries, Performance and MoreMarch 29, 2023
Following Kia’s recent unveiling of the EV9 electric SUV, more details have emerged regarding the vehicle’s powertrain, including preliminary range and power estimates.
Kia is currently targeting up to 541 kilometers (approximately 336 miles) of range on a full charge for the rear-wheel drive model equipped with 19-inch wheels and the 99.8 kWh long range battery pack. The long range pack is capable of recovering up to 239 km (148.5 miles) of range in about 15 minutes with its 800-volt charging architecture.
The RWD model can also be outfitted with a standard range battery, coming in at 76.1 kWh; though, range estimates for this configuration are yet to be disclosed. In either case, the EV9 is built upon the brand’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), used for other models like the EV6 and the Hyundai IONIQ 5.
Power projections place the EV9’s all-wheel drive version up to 283 kW and 600 Nm of torque– approximately 379 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. According to Kia, an available “Boost” feature can kick torque up to 700 Nm– about 516 lb-ft. That means a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of roughly 5.3 seconds– a step above the all-wheel drive’s regular 6.0-seconds.
Power for the RWD version with the long range battery pack is expected up to 201 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, capable of 9.4-second 0-62 mph runs. The standard range model will keep the torque, but bump ponies up a notch to 214, taking 8.2-seconds to complete a similar run. All this data is preliminary and, of course, subject to change. Expect EPA estimates to differ from the supplied WLTP numbers.
Speaking to its proportions, the EV9 measures in at 197-inches long, resting on a wheelbase of 122-inches.It’s 78-inches wide and 69-inches tall, putting it fairly close to the Telluride. Interior volume is yet to be disclosed, but we can guess that the E-GMP platform will allow for some of the same open floor space and convenient storage solutions we experienced in other models.
We suspect more details regarding the Kia EV9 will be unveiled soon, as its first physical debut will take place later this month at the Seoul Mobility Show, followed by a premiere at the New York International Auto Show.