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2024 Kia EV9 Will Be Poky or Punchy, with Power from 201 to 379 HP

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2024 Kia EV9 Will Have Power from 201 to 379 HPKia Motors
  • The 2024 Kia EV9 is almost identical in size to the three-row Telluride SUV and will offer powertrains with between 201 and 379 horsepower.

  • The dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup is the mightiest, but the rear-drive option will offer the longest range—claimed to be around 300 miles.

  • The EV9 will go on sale in North America near the end of 2023, but Kia is still waiting to release pricing and other specific details.

UPDATE 4/5/2023: This story has been updated with some U.S. specs for the 2024 Kia EV9 that the company revealed today at the New York auto show. Kia says it will release more specific trim details and pricing down the road.

Families looking for a mid-size three-row electric SUV will see their limited choices expand ever so slightly when the 2024 Kia EV9 goes on sale in America near the end of this year. With dimensions that are almost identical to the gas-powered Kia Telluride—and a blocky design that sets it apart—the EV9 will be the largest EV in showrooms shared with the subcompact Niro EV and compact EV6. Kia has already released some specs at the EV9's global reveal last month, and today the company debuts the U.S. version at the New York auto show.

Kia EV9 Comes into Focus

By now, most people have had a look at the EV9's Minecraft-like bodywork. Its distinctive design hasn't drastically changed from the concept that debuted at the L.A. auto show. Some production versions will even have similar front accent lights that shine through the body color and can be configured into different patterns. Kia also claims the EV9 has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.28—an impressively low number considering its shape.

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The EV9's exterior dimensions are all within tenths of an inch of the Telluride's. The electric model is 197.4 inches long, 77.9 inches wide, and 69.1 inches tall (70.1 inches for the GT-Line). However, the EV9 boasts an extra 7.8 inches between its axles, with a wheelbase that stretches 122.0 inches. The smallest wheels the EV9 will wear are 19-inchers, and the biggest are 21s. All models also have 7.8 inches of ground clearance.

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Exact measurements for the EV9's passenger space are still being kept under wraps. Based on that and what we already know, the EV9 will be more spacious inside than the Telluride. We've sat in all three rows and can vouch for the EV's roominess, particularly in the rearmost row where there's more headroom and legroom. The amount of individual seats ranges between six and seven, depending on the second-row configuration (captain's chairs cap capacity at the lower number, while a bench seat unlocks the higher one).

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Of course, when it comes to interior packaging, the EV9's flat load floor courtesy of its e-GMP platform provides an advantage versus the gas-fueled alternative. Kia says there's 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Folding all the seats behind the drive and front passenger and cargo volume grows to 82 cubes.

The EV9's roster of available features includes a head-up display, a digital rearview mirror, a light-up logo on the steering wheel, and a 14-speaker, 708-watt Meridian audio system. Kia also offers what it calls "Relaxation Mode" for people sitting in the first and second rows. This includes power-operated leg rests as well as heated and ventilated seat cushions. It's similar to what's found on the 10Best-winning Hyundai Ioniq 5, where even the driver gets a leg rest so they can chill during charging stops and such.

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