Kia, the South Korean automaker, confirms production of its EV9 electric SUV whose concept version debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November. It is a vehicle very similar to the successful Kia Telluride, but it does not emit exhaust gases or use gasoline.
Its beautiful design was one of the most talked about in the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center. And while Kia is usually very respectful of the forms of his concept cars when he translates them into the real world, it’s quite unlikely, though not impossible, that the “suicide-style” trailing edge-hinged rear doors will survive the transformation.
One of the most surprising aspects of the announcement is how quickly Kia will get its new electric pickup on the road. According to a press release from the subsidiary in the United Kingdom, Europe will be the first territory to obtain a production version of the EV9 during 2023. Kia America has not yet issued a statement analogous to the British one, but since it is a van and based on the fact that the concept model debuted in Los Angeles, we believe that the EV9 should arrive in North America shortly after or simultaneously with the Old Continent.
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Aside from confirming that it will be produced, Kia has revealed very little about the EV9 so far. However, we know that it will share much of its mechanics and technology with the Hyundai Ioniq 7, whose conceptual version Hyundai Seven Concept also debuted last year in Los Angeles and will be supported by an elongated version of the e-GMP platform currently used by Kia. EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5. Regarding the concept, Kia stated that the EV9 will have a range per charge of 300 miles.