Kia’s electrification goals include offering 14 all-electric vehicles by 2027. One of those vehicles will be the 2023 Kia EV9, a large flagship SUV with three rows of seats.
On the outside, we expect the 2023 EV9 to share a similar interior design as the Concept EV9 that Kia unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show before the end of 2021. The concept features a blocky exterior design with squared-off front and rear ends. S-shaped lights that start at the air intake and run halfway up the front fender are at the front, while the rear end has Y-shaped taillights that outline the rear window. Chunky fenders, pronounced body lines, suicide doors, and bold wheel designs are standout elements of the Concept EV9.
The Concept EV9 has a futuristic interior with a minimalistic design. We expect the 2023 EV9 to adopt an interior look that’s more in line with the EV6 that’s on sale today. Two large screens are expected to dominate the dashboard, while the center console is slightly angled toward the driver. We expect the center console to house a rotary dial for the shifter and push-button ignition. Recycled materials, three rows of seating, and exciting lighting should be available with the 2023 EV9.
Kia has not confirmed tech features for the upcoming 2023 EV9. The SUV is expected to arrive with a large touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster. Smartphone compatibility, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, a Harman Kardon audio system, and a wireless charging pad should also be available.
Official information on the EV9’s powertrain isn’t available yet. The large SUV will utilize Kia’s E-GMP platform as the smaller EV6 and is expected to be able to support 350-kW DC fast charging. Kia has stated that the SUV will have a range of roughly 300 miles. We expect all-wheel-drive to be available.
The 2023 Kia EV9 will be available with all of the automaker’s high-tech safety features. We expect Highway Driving Assist II, a blind spot camera, remote smart parking assist, rear cross-traffic alert, cyclist detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning to be available.