The upcoming Kia EV9 will have a large infotainment display, just as we saw on the concept.
It's been a little more than a year since the Kia Concept EV9 debuted as a preview of what to expect from an electric Telluride SUV. But while concepts can sometimes take many years to arrive on the market, the Kia EV9 is set to launch next year already, and as a result, development mules have been spied on multiple occasions. We've even seen what appears to be a high-performance version complete with Recaro seats and a roll cage.
But now we must turn our attention to another aspect of the interior, specifically the touchscreen infotainment system. Kia has worked overtime to hide this cabin from us, and although the below images aren't crystal clear, they give us the most direct look at the production vehicle's screen to date.
We can't be certain, but it appears that the concept's touchscreen's rounded corners will not be carried over to the production version, with Kia instead opting to place a more common rectangle screen (which may or may not ultimately be curved) in the dash. But with so much in the way of camouflage hiding this cabin's true nature from us, we could be missing a lot more fresh design elements that may make this interior look and feel more special than it currently appears. Time will tell.
Despite the fact that Kia gave us a clearer look at the headlights and taillights, as well as the rearmost side windows with its official testing images, the automaker was sure to avoid letting us peek inside, and all this bodes well for a special cabin that amazes almost as much as that of the concept. Just without the rear-opening rear doors. Pity.
As we've commented before, the sharpness of the body will be dulled somewhat for the production version, but the Kia EV9 will nonetheless be a handsome thing with outstanding styling. As for the powertrain, we expect to find 800-volt charging infrastructure that should be good enough to recoup 100 kilometers/62 miles of range in just six minutes, with the range-topping GT model set to produce up to 576 horsepower.
We're also expecting over-the-air updates to be joined by Feature on Demand (FoD) services. These will allow buyers to select which software functions they'd like to use and pay for them. This means they will never have to pay for services they don't want. Will this be the model for all new cars going forward? It certainly looks that way.
The 2024 Kia EV9 will arrive on American showroom floors in the second half of 2023, supply issues and international conflict notwithstanding.