Kia’s epic EV9 has been all-but confirmed for an Australian launch, with the three-row, full-size SUV expected to touch down locally in 2023.
Billed as an all-electric answer to vehicles like the Toyota Kluger and Toyota LandCruiser Prado, the EV9 has already been revealed in near-production guise, with the real thing to follow next year.
And it’s big. The concept version stretches some 4928mm, making it just shorter than the LandCruiser Prado (4995mm) and the Kluger (4966mm).
Those dimensions are enough for Kia to craft a full-size, three-row, seven-seat SUV, making it a proper adventure-ready family vehicle.
While detailed specifications are yet to be confirmed, we do know the EV9 is promising a significant 483km driving range, and that — when plugged into a 350kW charger — should be able to recoup 80 percent of its battery charge in 30mins.
“We are negotiating strongly to bring as many (EVs) to Australia as quickly as possible,” says Kia Australia’s product planning chief, Roland Rivero.
“Two new EV models are coming, both E-GMP vehicles.
“You can speculate that when photos of large concept vehicles are almost production like, the production version is not far away.”
How much of the concept car will make the production model remains to be seen, including the hood-mounted solar panel, the pop-up steering wheel and the 27-inch in-cabin display.
It does, however, promise to be fast. Despite measuring almost five-metres in length, and weighing in a at several tonnes, Kia promises it will be able to clip 100km/h in just five seconds.
It can accrue range quickly, too, with the EV9 can accrue 100km in range in just six minutes when plugged into the right charger. Over The Air updates and the latest in Kia’s self-driving technology also appears.
So, are you ready for an all-electric SUV?
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