Kia has released two teaser videos of the production version of its upcoming Kia EV9 SUV ahead of its expected global launch before the end of March 2023.
The Kia EV9 will be the second model Kia will build on the 800V E-GMP dedicated electric vehicle platform that also underpins the EV6, in contrast to the Hyundai brand’s choice to launch an aerodynamic sedan called the Ioniq 6.
While it does appear that the bodywork will accommodate three rows of seats, we don’t know if the Kia EV will be available in a three-row version, as the previously released “official spy shots” (which you can see below) don’t seem to show any third-row seating. Seats, though they most likely exist and fold down nicely to the boot floor.
It’s also worth noting that the EV9 concept shown in 2021 is a three-row SUV. So for those who like three rows of seats, they can only hope for now. Another three-row electric SUV on the market is the Volvo EX90.
The 2021 Kia Concept EV9 is 4,930mm long, has a wheelbase of 3,100mm, is 2,055mm wide and 1,790mm high; by comparison, the EV6 is 4,680mm long, has a wheelbase of 2,900mm, is 1,890mm wide and 1,550mm high. Its wheels are 22 inches in diameter.
Kia’s sibling brand Hyundai is expected to launch the Hyundai Ioniq 7 later in 2024, which will be an SUV similar to this EV9.