Kia Australia has launched preliminary pricing and line-up particulars for its all-new and all-electric EV9 flagship SUV.
As anticipated, the 2024 Kia EV9 would be the most costly automobile the Korean model has ever bought within the Australian market, with costs ranging from $97,000 to $121,000 earlier than on-road prices.
That aligns the brand new EV9 fairly properly with the Volvo XC90 – although that automobile is mild-hybrid (MHEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) solely – which ranges from $100,990 to $128,990 earlier than on-road prices for its additionally three-strong trim line-up.
Presently, the costliest automobile Kia accessible in Australia is the high-performance EV6 GT, which lists for $99,590 plus on-roads.
A trio of mannequin variants will probably be supplied from launch, comprising the entry-level Air, mid-spec Earth and top-tier GT-Line.
The bottom Air will probably be single-motor rear-wheel drive, whereas the Earth and GT-Line will probably be dual-motor all-wheel drive. At this stage, precise specs for Australian-market fashions i.e. outputs and vary are nonetheless to be confirmed.
In keeping with international specs, the rear-wheel drive mannequin has a 150kW/350Nm electrical motor and a claimed 0-100km/h time of 8.2 seconds, together with claimed vary of 418km beneath the stricter WLTP check cycle.
The twin-motor setup brings outputs of 283kW and 600Nm – upgradeable to 700Nm by the Kia Join retailer – with a 0-100km/h time of 5.3 seconds with the uprated tune. It additionally presents 497km of WLTP vary – CarExpert will publish full drivetrain specs after they turn out to be accessible subsequent week.
Being based mostly on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP devoted electrical 800V automobile structure, the Kia EV9 is able to DC fast-charger charges of as much as 350kW, and there’s accessible vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality that permits homeowners to plug family home equipment right into a 3.6kW three-pin socket.
Utilizing different E-GMP fashions as a information, the Kia EV9 ought to have the ability to be fast-charged from 10 to 80 per cent at its most cost capability inside round 25-Half-hour.
As with different fashions within the Kia secure, the EV9 will get an Australian trip and dealing with tune because of an in depth 44-month program, with testing performed at Kia’s international R&D centre in Namyang, South Korea, in addition to extra not too long ago on native roads. Engineers from Namyang made the journey Down Underneath to help with the method.
Whereas full specs are but to be finalised for the Australian market, Kia’s native division has beforehand confirmed the EV9 will debut Freeway Driving Help 2.0 (HDA 2.0) in Australia, a Stage 2 autonomous driving characteristic that mixes adaptive cruise management with cease/go, Lane Following Help, and a Lane Change Help operate.
The latter routinely steers the automobile to the subsequent lane after you activate the indicator. A Fingers-on Detection sensor may even detect in case you don’t have your fingers on the wheel whereas utilizing HDA 2, and can provide you with a warning after which deactivate the system if vital.
Australian-spec EV9s will, nonetheless, miss out on the brand new Freeway Driving Pilot Stage 3 autonomous driving characteristic, which permits for hands-free driving on sure roads. Native rules are accountable, as is the case in lots of markets across the globe.
The EV9 will debut Kia’s new infotainment and telematics system, developed in-house and referred to as the Related Automobile Navigation Cockpit (ccNC). This helps over-the-air updates in addition to wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Whereas unconfirmed, the EV9 may very well be the primary Kia mannequin in Australia to get Digital Aspect Mirrors, a characteristic that has already been launch on choose Hyundai and Genesis fashions – together with the Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6 and GV60.
The 2024 Kia EV9 measures 5010mm lengthy, 1755mm tall, 1980mm extensive and trip a 3100mm wheelbase. Kia consequently calls it an Higher Massive SUV, given its dimensions are so near these of a Toyota LandCruiser 300 Sequence.
Keep tuned to CarExpert for all the newest Kia EV9 protection, together with an Australian launch drive evaluation on Thursday, 9 November at 17:00 AEDT.
- 2024 Kia EV9 Air RWD: $97,000
- 2024 Kia EV9 Earth AWD: $106,500
- 2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD: $121,000
Costs exclude on-road prices