2022 Kia EV9: Preview, Pricing, Photos, Release Date

Sarah Willis
Contributing Writer - November 19, 2021

Model Preview

What started with an Instagram post and turned to an unveiling at AutoMobility LA, Kia has excited many people with the concept of a new electric SUV in the works, the EV9. Back in February, Kia announced that it would be coming out with a new line of electric vehicles, the EV1 through the EV9. Kia has already launched the EV6, which is leading this charge of EVs here in the U.S. but with the second of these models now being hinted at, even more interest has been piqued.

The concept that we see is somewhat boxy in shape much like the Kia Soul but scaled up to the size of the Telluride. The modern and sleek exterior of the vehicle is influenced by Kia's new design philosophy, Opposites United, from which they used the "Bold for Nature" pillar. Not only was the design inspired by nature, but upcycled materials that were made from waste found in the oceans were also used in its making.

It's not enough to leave it there, however, as many things are eye-catching on the exterior. The EV9 has retractable roof racks that close into the roof when they're not being used for less wind resistance when you drive. Kia's Tiger Face grille is now digital and displays a star-inspired light show when not in use, welcome lights for the driver, and adjusts for driving. The hood vent duct also has a solar panel that helps regenerate some of the electric energy used. This can come in handy when the driver is low on energy and not near a charging station.

On the inside, the interior took a cue from "Bold for Nature" as well, going for a sleek and flowing look. A panoramic roof brings in more natural light while the 27-inch display screen acts as the command center for climate control, media, and comfort adjustments. The steering wheel, which Kia is calling a pop-up steering pad, is also unique. It resembles a steering yoke in looks but is supposedly an extension that is integrated with the interior of the car.

Moving away from using animal leather, the leather that adorns the inside of the car is all vegan. The car also has two different modes when not driving. Pause Mode allows the front seats to turn around to face the third-row seats while the second row folds down into a table, making the interior almost like a lounge. The other mode is Enjoy Mode, where all the seats in the car turn towards the trunk and the tailgate opens, allowing for the passengers to sit comfortably while gazing outside at a view.

Kia has confirmed that this next generation of EVs in their lineup will be based on the architecture it developed with Hyundai known as E-GMP architecture. This design has a dual-voltage charging system and a bi-directional energy-flow capability. The EV9 is powered by an all-electric powertrain that delivers a driving range of up to 300 miles. Ultra-fast charging technology will also be featured with a 350-kW charger, which can go from a 10% charge to an 80% charge in 20 to 30 minutes.

Kia has mentioned wanting to become carbon neutral by 2045. To achieve this, the steps to take are outlined as "Sustainable Mobility," "Sustainable Planet," and "Sustainable Energy." This includes everything from logistics, vehicle production, and disposal of waste. The EV9 is said to embody a huge role in these plans as Kia moves forward.

The EV9 had its first debut on November 11th, and the global debut at AutoMobility LA on November 17th. Kia did not announce whether this vehicle will be a 2022 or 2023 model year, however, so when it will officially come out is still a mystery.

We haven’t been given an official price for the EV9, but given Kia’s current electric and hybrid lineup, it may start at around the $45,000 range. We won’t know for sure until more details are released.

Electric vehicles are an ever-growing segment and the EV9 may find competition in the likes of the Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustand Mach-E, Kia Niro EV, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Kia EV6.

Check back soon for updates as they become available.

Pictured: 2022 KIA EV9 Concept Images

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