Harry Leahey

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Kia's highly anticipated electric SUV, the EV9, is set to make its debut in the UK later this year, and with a starting price of £64,995, it will be the most expensive vehicle in the brand's lineup.


Upon its launch later this year, the large SUV will offer two powertrain options.


The rear-wheel drive version makes 200bhp and 258lb ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds. The dual-motor version meanwhile makes 378bhp and 442lb ft of torque, delivering a 0-62mph time of 6.0 seconds. 


Post-purchase, owners can install a downloadable Boost function, increasing the torque to 516lb ft and reducing the sprint time by 0.7 seconds. 


The vehicle will be powered by either a 76.1kWh or 99.8kWh battery, the latter of which provides a claimed range of up to 336 miles on a single charge. Kia also says the vehicle can gain 148 miles of range in just 15 minutes via its fast-charging capabilities. 


EV9s with the base Air-trim will provide the most range, priced at £64,995. The sportier GT-Line and GT-Line S variants come with price tags starting from £72,495 and £75,995, respectively. The range-topping six-seat GT-Line S is priced at £78,745, making it Kia’s largest and most expensive car in the firm’s history. 


Regarding its design, the production version of the EV9 remains true to the concept showcased by Kia in Los Angeles in 2021.


Like the concept, its exterior features Kia’s  'Tiger face' grille, which can be personalised with customizable LED light patterns, and the car itself rides on up to 21-inch wheels (19-inch and 20-inch options will also be available).


Inside the EV9, a redesigned dashboard hosts a large digital panel with three screens catering to both the driver and passenger.  The vehicle can also be equipped with optional digital rear-view mirror displays. 

As the second model in Kia's bespoke EV series, the EV9 will be followed by a range of upcoming cars, including the recently revealed Kia EV5. It comes ahead of Kia’s plans to launch a total of 15 electric vehicles globally by 2027.

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Harry Leahey 07/07/23