KIA EV9 Electric - Iconic and bold styling | Cars Blog

Kia used the LA Motor Show 2021 to launch an impressive new large electric SUV concept. Called the Concept EV9, it gives a glimpse of the brand's flagship seven-seat EV.

In early 2021, Kia announced plans to track its new EV6 with two all-new electric SUVs, and the EV9 will be the first of them. The zero-emission large SUV has more boxy proportions and a flatter roofline than the EV6, like the brand's own BMW iX, Land Rover Defender or Sorento SUV.

As with the EV6, Kia's vacated 'Digital Tiger Face' replaces the traditional front grille that isn't required on the EV. However, the rest of the front fascia is completely new, with a squared, downward-sloping bonnet, a large chrome strip spanning the entire width of the SUV and a distinctive light signature.

In addition to the vertically stacked LED headlights and boomerang lights, there is a “star cloud display” – an animated lighting pattern that can be seen behind the body panels when not in use. use.

Despite its boxy appearance, the Concept EV9 really focuses on aerodynamics and efficiency. The vent design helps to reduce the frontal area of ​​the SUV, while the 'vent' on the bonnet below the display is actually a solar panel to recover energy for the battery. The smart retractable roof rails lower into the body when not in use and are raised at the touch of a button, while the camera replaces the door mirrors.

Measuring 4,930mm long, 2,055mm wide and 1,790mm high, the three-row Concept EV9 is about the same size as BMW's iX and Kia's own Telluride large SUV. However, the wheelbase is 3,100mm long - a full 200mm longer than the Telluride, which gives more space for passengers.

It also gets 22-inch alloy wheels, cameras in place of regular door mirrors and a new version of the brand's familiar grille design, called the Digital Tiger Face. The Concept EV9 is a little less than 5 meters long, while its wheelbase is more than three meters, probably to maximize cabin space.

The Concept EV9's cabin features three rows of seats, a panoramic glass roof, a floating center console, and a 27-inch wide central infotainment screen. Vegan leather, recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles are also used to create the interior of the concept.

The cabin actually changes layout depending on which mode you're in. 'Active Mode' features a traditional driver-focused setup, while 'Pause Mode' swings the front and third-row seats around, turning the second row into a table that mimics a 'first-class lounge' ". Enjoy mode rotates all three rows of seats to face the rear doors, which open to give occupants a “opportunity to connect with the outside environment.”

The production version of the Concept EV9 will also use the same platform and will likely feature an 800-volt charging system from the EV6 allowing for charging speeds of up to 239kW. It is expected to feature a dual-motor setup, as well as a battery capacity of around 90kWh or more.

The Korean automaker previously announced plans to become an electric-only brand in Europe by 2035 and sell battery- and electric-only vehicles globally by 2040. Kia's first hydrogen will be introduced in the next decade's time, and will likely use some of sister brand Hyundai's next-generation hydrogen fuel cell technology, which has been previously unveiled. in 2021 .

Kia is expected to launch 11 new electric models by 2025, with six of these being dedicated electric vehicles. These will include the EV6, the production version of the Concept EV9, and a smaller zero-emission SUV. Hyundai will also expand its Ioniq-branded range, with the addition of a Tesla Model 3 rival saloon called the Ioniq 6 and its own full-size seven-seat electric SUV, previewed by the concept SEVEN .

KIA EV9 Electric - Iconic and bold styling | Cars Blog KIA EV9 Electric - Iconic and bold styling | Cars Blog Reviewed by Góc chia sẻ 'Of Nhân on December 06, 2021 Rating: 5

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