Kia delivers first EV9 in South Korea
Kia has started deliveries of its new EV9 electric model in South Korea. The large electric SUV launches in South Korea at prices starting at 78.14 million won, equivalent to around 55,900 euros.
After the EV6, the EV9 – presented in March – is the second Kia model based on the group’s E-GMP platform. However, the EV9, which is just over five metres long, uses a different drive configuration. It has a 99.8 kWh battery and a 150 kW rear-wheel drive or a 283 kW all-wheel drive. The version with the basic battery with an energy content of 76.1 kWh and the 160 kW rear-wheel drive engine is not currently sold. The top-equipment “GT Line” should be available in the third quarter of this year.
While Kia communicated a WLTP range of up to 541 kilometres (large battery, rear-wheel drive and 19-inch rims) at the premiere of the EV9, the South Korean price list now mentions 501 kilometres for this drive configuration. With the optional 20-inch rims, it is 480 kilometres, with the all-wheel drive between 445 and 454 kilometres depending on the rim configuration.
The Kia EV9 is scheduled to arrive in “selected global markets” later this year, including Europe – but an exact schedule or individual launch markets are not yet known. During the North American premiere of the EV9, Kia confirmed that the large electric SUV will not only be produced in South Korea, but also in the US from 2024, specifically at the plant in West Point in the US state of Georgia.