Kia EV9 to get Level 3 ADAS, 541km range

The new electric SUV from Kia will come with Level 3 autonomous driving for certain markets.


After unveiling the production-spec version of the Kia EV9 earlier this month, Kia has revealed new spec details for the electric SUV. Kia EV9 was first showcased in India as a concept at Auto Expo 2023. The EV9 is Kia’s first three-row electric SUV, making it the biggest EV in its portfolio.

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Kia EV9: New specs revealed

Kia announced that the new EV9 will come in two battery pack options – 76.1kWh and 99.8kWh. The former will only be offered with the RWD variants of the electric SUV, while the larger battery pack will be available in both RWD and AWD variants. The 99.8kWh battery pack offers a driving range of 541km on the Kia EV9. With 800V architecture, this battery pack can offer a driving range of 238km with just 15 minutes of charge.

Kia EV9 electric SUV unveiled globally

The electric motor on the long-range model of the Kia EV9 is capable of producing a maximum power output of 201hp and 350Nm torque. The SUV can go from 0-100 kmph in 9.4 seconds. The standard variant can produce 215hp or power and 350Nm peak torque while accelerating up to 100 kmph in 8.2 seconds. AWD variants of the Kia EV9 get a dual electric motor that churns out 380hp of power and 600Nm peak torque. This AWD variant can go from 0-100 kmph in 6 seconds. The ‘Boost’ feature can further increase the acceleration and torque of the EV.

Production-spec Kia EV9 finally breaks cover

Kia also announced that the EV9 will get a Level 3 ADAS package in certain markets. The new ‘Highway Driving Pilot’ tech makes use of 15 sensors placed around the car to offer level-three autonomous driving. Other safety features include smart cruise control, blind spot collision assist, and a collision prevention system while the car is parked.

Production-spec Kia EV9 finally breaks cover

Inside, the Kia EV9 receives a triple display unit – two 12.3-inch touchscreens integrated with a 5-inch digital display. The dashboard gets an open floating panoramic design and extends from the steering wheel to the centre of the vehicle. As mentioned earlier, Kia EV9 will feature three seating rows. It will be made available in six and seven-seat formats. One of the highlights of the SUV is that the middle row seats can be swivelled 180 degrees to face the third row. The third-row seats get cup holders as well as charging points.

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The Kia EV9 will be launched globally in the coming months. Kia has not announced whether the electric SUV will be launched in India. Currently, the EV6 is Kia’s only electric offering in India and rivals Volkswagen XC40 Recharge and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

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