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 car the Korean model has ever offered 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 nicely with the Volvo XC90 – although that car 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.
At the moment, the most costly car Kia obtainable in Australia is the high-performance EV6 GT, which lists for $99,590 plus on-roads.
A trio of mannequin variants shall be supplied from launch, comprising the entry-level Air, mid-spec Earth and top-tier GT-Line.
The bottom Air shall be single-motor rear-wheel drive, whereas the Earth and GT-Line shall be dual-motor all-wheel drive. At this stage, actual specs for Australian-market fashions i.e. outputs and vary are nonetheless to be confirmed.
In response to 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 way of 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 once they turn out to be obtainable subsequent week.
Being based mostly on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP devoted electrical 800V car structure, the Kia EV9 is able to DC fast-charger charges of as much as 350kW, and there’s obtainable vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality that permits house owners 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 be capable 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 experience and dealing with tune because of an intensive 44-month program, with testing carried out at Kia’s international R&D centre in Namyang, South Korea, in addition to extra lately on native roads. Engineers from Namyang made the journey Down Below 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 car to the subsequent lane after you activate the indicator. A Palms-on Detection sensor may also detect when 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 crucial.
Australian-spec EV9s will, nevertheless, 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 guilty, 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 known 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 might 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 huge and experience a 3100mm wheelbase. Kia consequently calls it an Higher Giant SUV, given its dimensions are so near these of a Toyota LandCruiser 300 Collection.
Keep tuned to CarExpert for all the newest Kia EV9 protection, together with an Australian launch drive assessment 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