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Kia has provided additional details on its new electric flagship SUV, the EV9, following a recent design preview. 


The vehicle, which utilises Hyundai Motor Group's Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), will be Kia's first three-row electric SUV, and will offer three different powertrain configurations when it goes on sale later this year, plus a performance-focused version at a later date.  


The entry-level model is the EV9 RWD version, which is equipped with a 76.1kWh battery and an electric motor that generates 200bhp and 350 Nm of torque. According to preliminary data, this version is expected to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 9.4 seconds. 


The more potent dual-motor version meanwhile is powered by a 99.8kWh battery. It delivers 378bhp and 600 Nm of torque, meaning a 0-62mph time of 6.0 seconds. 


However, like Polestar, Kia is also offering a downloadable performance boost, which increases torque to 700 Nm - enough to cut the sprint time to 5.3 seconds.  


The third option is a Long Range RWD model, which comes equipped with the same 99.8kWh battery, but a less powerful 201bhp motor. Though it takes 9.4 seconds to 62mph, it boasts the most range at 336 miles on the WLTP test cycle.  


Kia has yet to confirm the range for the RWD and AWD versions, though did say the car supports ultra-fast 800 volt charging, which is claimed to deliver 148 miles of range in 15 minutes. 


Kia is also remaining tight-lipped on pricing for now, though details are expected to be released closer to the car’s launch in the summer. As the firm’s flagship model, expect the EV9 to start from around £60,000, with higher-end versions costing around £85,000. 

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Harry Leahey 31/03/23