The first three-row electric SUV from a non-luxury carmaker will be manufactured in the United States. Kia said today that it will manufacture the planned 2024 EV9 electric SUV in Georgia.
The EV9 isn’t just an electric version of the Kia Telluride, albeit it occupies a comparable market segment. It adds more unique style to the party, with an angular twist on the conventional SUV shape that appears like it belongs in 2034 rather than 2024. Its calm, roomy interior might make it an excellent choice for families.
Kia claims it will have an all-electric range of up to 300 miles (though the EPA hasn’t rated it yet). The base version will offer 215 horsepower and rear-wheel drive. We’ve driven an all-wheel-drive dual-motor variant with 379 horsepower. Our test driver called it “an enjoyable drive” with light steering and an exceptionally quiet cabin.
Kia says a high-power GT-Line variant will come later.
2024 Kia EV9
Vehicle Type: rear- or front-and-rear motor, rear- or all-wheel-drive, 6- or 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE (C/D EST)
Base RWD, $56,000; Long-Range RWD, $63,000; Base AWD, $68,000; GT-Line, $73,000POWERTRAINS
Motors: permanent-magnet AC, 215 hp, 258 lb-ft
Combined Power: 215 or 379 hp
Combined Torque: 258, 442, or 516 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 76.1 or 99.8 kWh
Onboard Charger: 11.0 kW
Peak DC Fast-Charge Rate: 230 kW
Transmissions, F/R: direct-drive
Wheelbase: 122.0 in
Length: 197.4 in
Width: 77.9 in
Height: 69.1–70.1 in
Cargo Volume, Behind F/R: 82/20 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 5000–5800 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 5.0–9.2 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.8–16.5 sec
Top Speed: 115 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 79–87/85–93/70–80 MPGe
Range: 223–300 mi