As its launch approaches in 2023, the Kia EV9 electric SUV is slowly losing its camouflage. Our latest look comes from a spy photographer who took the EV9 test at the Nurbürgring. He shows some additional details that had previously been covered with thick wraps.
Overall, the EV9 feels a little rounder and softer than its concept (aren’t we all, though?). In fact, the wheel arches are actually round rather than the more trapezoidal concept arches. It also appears to be lower and have proportions more like a front-wheel drive SUV.
There is still a lot from the concept that has been carried over, though. The SUV is still boxy overall and the front dash is still tall, wide and imposing. At the rear, we can clearly see that the taillights are almost unchanged with elements running up and down the tailgate and rear pillars and inward under the rear window. The taillights and some creases on the sides of the SUV emphasize the width of the fenders. Flush door handles keep the smooth sides of the concept.
The EV9 will be launched in the US in the second half of 2023. It will feature the E-GMP platform as the smaller EV6 cousin. This means an 800-volt electrical system that can quickly recharge up to 350 kW. Kia has claimed a range of 300 miles for the concept, which seems plausible. It will likely be offered with a choice of a single rear-engined and rear-wheel drive or dual front and rear-engined engines for all-wheel drive.