Kia EV9 GT Spotted Testing: Report

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, Automotive Editor - April 1, 2024
2024 Kia EV9

The all-new Kia EV9 appears to tick a lot of the right boxes for shoppers in need of an affordable, three-row SUV. It’s roomy, comes packed with tech, and has a decent amount of range. One thing that the EV9 is missing is performance. Kia could be looking to fix the EV9’s largest downside with a new high-performance model called the EV9 GT.

Carscoops reports that the high-performance Kia EV9 GT was recently spotted testing at the Nürburgring, an iconic 14-mile track in Germany that’s known for its treacherous turns and enormous size. The outlet's spy photographers captured a heavily camouflaged model running around the track, giving us our best look at the model yet.

While we can’t see all of the intricate details on the Kia EV9 GT, we can see that it looks similar to the current GT-Line AWD trim, which makes sense. Both the current GT-Line AWD trim and the EV9 GT share the same front-end designs with vertically oriented air vents and a large rectangular air vent at the bottom of the front bumper. Along the side, the spied EV9 GT appears to have the same roof rails as the GT-Line AWD, rear bumpers, and a rear spoiler, too.

Kia’s engineers did a great job of hiding the EV9 GT’s other details because the camouflage hides a lot of the electric SUV’s other qualities. We can see that the EV9 GT is wearing five-spoke wheels with a black finish, which aren’t available on any current Kia EV9 trim. The back rear caliper, interestingly, is finished in bright yellow. It could be the angle of the SUV or the lighting, but the front caliper looks like it’s finished in silver. Either way, we expect the EV9 GT to gain upgraded brakes over current EV9 trims.

2024 Kia EV9 Dashboard

We do expect the performance-oriented Kia EV9 GT to gain some extra exterior touches that could include a sportier body kit and larger wheel designs. The SUV could also be available in unique colors. Photographers didn’t get any interior pictures of the upcoming EV9 GT, but shoppers can expect to see a sportier interior motif with unique trim, different interior lighting, heavily bolstered seats, and possibly unique graphics for the displays.

Based on our 2025 Preview for the Kia EV9, the GT trim is expected to come with dual electric motors that bring up to 576 horsepower. This would be a large upgrade over the current EV9 that’s available with a single electric motor with 201 hp and dual electric motors with 379 hp. With that kind of oomph on hand, the Kia EV9 GT should be able to get to 60 mph in roughly 3.5 seconds.

The introduction of the Kia EV9 GT gives the automaker a unique option in the class. There aren’t many three-row midsize SUVs on the market that have all-electric powertrains. That puts the EV9 GT in the same category as the Rivian R1S, Mercedes-Benz EQB, Tesla Model X, and Volvo EX90. The Mercedes-Benz EQB and Volvo EX90 aren’t available in performance trims, leaving the Rivian R1S and Tesla Model X.

The Tesla Model X is available in a Plaid trim with 1,020 horsepower, which brings a zero-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. It costs $96,380. Then there’s the Rivian R1S. Its available quad-motor configuration brings up to 835 hp and has a zero-to-60 mph time of three seconds flat. The range-topping R1S costs $93,800. Based on expected figures for the EV9 GT, it looks like the Kia will slot below these two models and, hopefully, also undercut them in price.

Pictured: 2024 Kia EV9

Source: Carscoops

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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