The 2024 Kia EV9 is the latest addition to the Korean automaker’s ambitious plan to launch 11 new electric vehicles by 2026. The Kia EV9 is a three-row crossover SUV that aims to combine luxury, performance, and practicality in a sleek and futuristic package. The EV9 is also Kia’s first dedicated electric vehicle, meaning it was designed from the ground up as an EV rather than adapted from an existing gas-powered model.
The EV9 is based on the same Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that underpins the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Genesis GV60, two other upcoming electric crossovers from Kia’s sister brands. The E-GMP platform allows for a spacious and flexible interior, a low center of gravity, and a high-performance battery system that supports fast charging and long range.
The EV9 will be available in four trim levels: Standard, Standard Long Range, Wind, and Land. The Standard and Standard Long Range models are rear-wheel drive, while the Wind and Land models are all-wheel drive. A performance-oriented GT model will join the lineup for the 2025 model year.
Pricing and Features
The 2024 Kia EV9 will start at $54,900 for the Standard model, which comes with a 76.1-kWh battery pack and a single rear-mounted electric motor that produces 215 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Kia estimates that this model will have a range of up to 223 miles on a single charge.
The Standard Long Range model will cost $59,900 and feature a larger 99.8-kWh battery pack and a slightly less powerful rear motor that makes 201 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Kia claims that this model will be able to travel up to 300 miles on a full battery.
The Wind model will be priced at $64,900 and will add a second electric motor to the front axle, creating an all-wheel drive system with a combined output of 379 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. This model will also have the 99.8-kWh battery pack, but its range will drop to 280 miles due to the increased power consumption.
The Land model will be the most expensive at $69,900 and will offer the same powertrain as the Wind model but with more luxury features and a different exterior design. The Land model will have a more rugged look with black cladding, roof rails, and unique wheels. It will also have a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, a head-up display, and a Harman Kardon sound system.
All models of the EV9 will come with a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a wireless charging pad, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. The EV9 will also support over-the-air software updates that can unlock new features and improve performance over time.
Charging and Performance
The 2024 Kia EV9 will be compatible with both Level 2 AC chargers and Level 3 DC fast chargers. The EV9 will have an onboard charger with a maximum power of 10.9 kW, which means it can fully charge its battery in about eight hours using a Level 2 charger at home or at a public station. The EV9 will also be able to use DC fast chargers with up to 195 kW of power, adding about 90 miles of range in just 10 minutes or filling up the battery from 10% to 80% in about 40 minutes.
The Kia EV9 electric SUV will also feature a bi-directional charging capability that allows it to share its power with other devices or vehicles. The EV9 will have four outlets in the cargo area that can provide up to 2.4 kW of power for various appliances or tools. The EV9 can also be a mobile generator for emergencies or outdoor activities.
The EV9’s performance will vary depending on the trim level and driving mode. The Standard and Standard Long Range models will have two driving modes: Eco and Normal. The Wind and Land models will have four driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, and Boost. The Boost mode will increase the torque output of the motors for faster acceleration and more responsive handling.
Kia says that the Standard model will be able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 8.2 seconds, while the Standard Long Range model will take 9.4 seconds. The Wind and Land models will be much quicker, reaching 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds in Boost mode. The top speed of all models will be limited to either 130 mph or 155 mph, depending on the tire choice.
The EV9 will also have a regenerative braking system that can recover energy from deceleration and store it in the battery. The EV9 will offer three levels of regenerative braking intensity and a one-pedal driving option that can bring the vehicle to a complete stop without using the brake pedal.