Kia unveils its EV9 electric SUV with Level 3 autonomy and an impressive 336-mile range
Kia has released specifications for its EV9 electric SUV, revealing impressive features that will benefit families on long road trips. The GT-line trim of the three-row EV will come with Level 3 self-driving capabilities in select countries, allowing drivers to take a break from driving on highways with Kia’s Highway Driving Pilot that uses LiDAR and other sensors. The EV9’s 99.8 kWh battery, which will power the RWD Long Range model, offers an estimated 336 miles of range based on WLTP testing. The AWD variant will have the same battery, while the RWD Standard Range base configuration will have a 76.1 kWh battery. The 800V charging system can provide approximately 149 miles of range in just 15 minutes, and the EV also supports vehicle-to-load technology for powering camping gear and laptops.
Depending on the model, the EV9’s performance can be relatively brisk. The RWD Long Range with a 150 kW motor is the slowest-accelerating version, with a 0-62MPH time of 9.4 seconds, while the Standard Range edition with a 160 kW motor can achieve that run in 8.2 seconds. The AWD model comes with a dual-motor 283 kW powerplant that can typically hit 62 MPH in just six seconds.
However, some features are only accessible through digital purchases from Kia’s Connect Store. Enhancing the pattern lighting on the grille and adding a “Boost” feature that provides extra torque for a 0-62 MPH dash in 5.3 seconds are among the features that require an additional fee. The EV9 does offer several driver aids and conveniences, including hands-off parking and navigation-based “Smart Cruise Control.” It is also the first Kia to support ultra-wide band digital keys, allowing drivers to enter the car without the need for a conventional key.