3-Row Kia EV9 Teases Concept Styling In First Production Images

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Kia has released two teaser videos to whet our appetites ahead of the reveal in March.

Kia has released fresh videos and images of the Kia EV9 to tease the design of its flagship electric SUV, which is set to be revealed later this month. Production is expected to commence later this year.

The latest videos give us a good look at the EV9's side profile, with boxy and intimidating styling. Like the EV6, the battery-powered SUV will feature flush-fitting door handles to preserve range and enhance the futuristic design.

Kia has tried to give the slab-sided shape some personality with a window line that trails upwards toward the roofline, mimicking the same detail on the concept. Of course, we'll get to see more details once the vehicle is officially unveiled.

Another clip shows the gorgeous front light detailing that puts top-shelf Audis to shame.

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Dramatic L-shaped LED lights will be supported by several smaller pixel lights dominating the front fascia. These elegant touches provide the front end with an expensive illuminated look; we assume the EV9 will have a dramatic and dynamic sequence on startup, with the video previewing a light show.

The rear end sports a familial resemblance to the EV6 and the new Niro EV, with highly-detailed clusters and beautiful LED graphics adding character. The shape of the taillight itself is unique and extends from the windscreen to the tailgate.

Kia hasn't strayed too far from the concept we first saw in 2021, and that's a relief. It will undoubtedly stand out from the crowd when it arrives in the USA - and it needs to, especially if Kia wants to steal sales from luxury brands.

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Thanks to leaked details, we know five trim levels will be offered. The EV9 will have a starting price of around $56,000, but a range-topping derivative will be presented at $73,000. That's not cheap, but it sounds more attainable than many of the large electric cars revealed over the last year or so.

Two electric drivetrains will be provided, with a single-motor setup delivering a rather underwhelming 200 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Thankfully, buyers should be able to select a dual-motor derivative with 400 horses and 380 lb-ft of torque. This translates into a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.2 seconds, making it the quickest of the bunch. Other models have less inspiring performance.

The top-of-the-line model has a claimed range of 240 miles; other models can travel up to 290 miles on a single charge. Kia has previously said the EV9 would have up to 335 miles of range.

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That's not exactly class-leading, but there's a good chance these figures could change ahead of the launch. We could also see Kia give the EV9 a performance version, as it has done with the EV6 crossover. If there are plans to do so, it would most likely arrive months after the initial car is launched.

Based on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) architecture, Kia has previously said its largest EV will be capable of extracting 62 miles of range in just six minutes of charging. If that's the case, perhaps the relatively low claimed range figures won't make much difference to customers.

However, the Inflation Reduction Act may have buyers thinking twice. Kia dealers are worried that the new EV incentive will kill sales, as the vehicle isn't eligible for the deal.

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