Potential Kia EV9 Specs and Details Leaked Way Ahead of Official Announcement

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Kia EV6 is one of the most well-reviewed EVs on sale, but the automaker is busy developing follow-up hits to its flagship model. The EV9 isn’t due until next year, but Car and Driver got ahold of a spec sheet with details we’d likely have waited months to discover otherwise. 

A reader sent the information to C&D, which allegedly came from a survey sent to Telluride owners to judge EV adoption willingness. The three-row EV apparently comes with rear-wheel drive as standard and has a 200-horsepower electric drivetrain. Pricing will start around $56,000, and the range could reach 200 miles. The more expensive rear-drive variant adds range and towing at the expense of quick acceleration.

The information noted an all-wheel drive trim with 400 horsepower and a $63,000 price tag. Rage will fall to 260 miles from the more expensive rear-drive’s 290, but towing capacity is up, and acceleration is quicker. Kia will sell a top trim with a $73,000 sticker that offers more torque, a 5.2-second 0-60 mph time, and 4,500 pounds of towing.

It’s not terribly surprising to see Kia sending a survey to Telluride owners. The EV9 will be an electrified partner to the top-selling SUV, and spy shots show a vehicle with similar proportions. The price won’t be as compelling as Telluride’s MSRP, but it could be just as popular with the right equipment.

[Image: Kia]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Jan 24, 2023

    What will the range (rage?) be when towing 4,500lbs?

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jan 24, 2023

    How much does it weigh? Not seeing GVW in the C&D specs.

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jan 24, 2023

      Thanks. The venerable W-body weighs in at roughly 3,396 (GP) and in Series III puts out about 230 ft-tq and 205 bhp. If this thing weighs 5,000+ lbs and puts out a similar amount of ft-tq/bhp to 3800, I dunno how well that's going to work out. Does this have two motors as Model X has?


      Electric:Power275 hp (205 kW)Torque310 lb·ft (420 N·m)Engine

      Electric:Power259 hp (193 kW)Torque247 lb·ft (335 N·m)TransmissionSingle-speed

      Drivetrain: AWD

      Weight:2,554 kg (5,631 lb)


  • Tassos Tassos on Jan 24, 2023

    The EV6 gets good reviews, but seriously, a Hyundai for ... $60k, even if gthey are worthless 2022-23 Biden dollars? Are you kidding me?

    I think the Koreans should sell all their crappy (or not) BEVs as GENESIS vehicles, NOT as bloody Hyundais or Kias. Of course that means theyt should throw a couple grand into each and make them half decent inside, they don't want to ruin whatever little prestige Genesis has to date.

  • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Jan 25, 2023

    Too much weight, too expensive, too little range. Friend of mine has been driving a loaner for over a year waiting for a new battery for his 3 year old plug in hybrid Hyundai. Anecdotal I know. But that's enough for me to be skeptical H/K PHEV's or BEV's.