Kia unveils first family-sized EV

Riley Riley

Check out these pictures of Kia’s new EV9 electric vehicle, its first EV with three-rows of seating.

Kia says EV9 represents a “pivotal step forward” in the company’s journey towards becoming a sustainable mobility solutions provider.

It’s the second EV to come from the South Korean car maker after the EV6.

No word on powertrain, battery size or range as yet, but these details will be revealed later this month.

Designers have fused sleek, sculptural shapes and assured, assertive geometry to deliver a strikingly contemporary yet gracefully serene SUV.

“The Kia EV9 breaks new ground, aiming to redefine standards for design, connectivity, usability and environmental responsibility,” Kia’s head of global design Karim Habib said.

“The Kia EV9 offers customers an exceptionally high-quality proposition and a fresh EV perspective in the family SUV sector.

“This new vehicle typology provides instinctive experiences and excellent comfort for not just the driver, but all occupants, through innovative use of space, technology and design.”


The front of the vehicle features simple clear-cut lines and surfaces, with a ‘Digital Pattern Lighting Grille’ and striking vertical headlights, along with Kia’s signature ‘Digital Tiger Face’ to give it a futuristic look and feel.

The Digital Tiger Face features two clusters of small cube-shaped lights adjacent to each headlight and ‘Star Map’ LED daytime running lights that will be seen in future EVs.

The profile combines a strong SUV identity with exceptional aerodynamic efficiency.

Flush door handles and a tapered roofline convey a sense of smooth and efficient motion.

At the rear the tailgate has slim rear lights that mirror the design of those at the front.

Inside designers have prioritised space, comfort and technology for all passengers, re-imagining what a family SUV can offer.

EV9 is built on the same E-GMP platform as the EV6, together with the Genesis GV60 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 and 6.

A long wheelbase, low beltline, and completely flat electric vehicle architecture have facilitated the creation of generous space for all occupants with lounge-style comfort in all three rows of seats.

Offered in both six and seven-seat formats, it delivers equality of space, comfort and experience for all occupants without placing a focus on the driver.

First and second-row seats can be recline simultaneously while the EV9 is charging.

Second row can be turned 180 degrees to face the rear seats, while third-row seats offer cup holders and charging points for mobile devices.

A floating panoramic dashboard extends from the steering wheel to the vehicle centre.

Two 12.3-inch touchscreens are integrated with one 5.0-inch display improve the digital experience, offering control of vehicle functions and ensuring physical buttons are kept to a minimum.

The centre console is equipped with ample storage options, including a spacious compartment located at its base.

The console doors are designed to add to the overall refinement of the interior.

EV9’s extended display, high-definition audiovisual, navigation and telematics (AVNT) screen creates a rich and immersive experience.

Beneath the screen, an array of hidden touch buttons provide a start/stop function along with AVNT and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) control.

The Kia EV9 will make its digital global premiere in late March.


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