Kia Teases EV9 Ahead of March 15 Unveil

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

kia teases ev9 ahead of march 15 unveil

Creating a bit of hype for the launch of their all-electric large crossover, Kia has dropped a teaser video for their upcoming EV9. If the shadowy images are any indication, there’s little chance of owners losing it in a parking lot.

Set to act as the brand’s flagship EV, this machine will enter an arena that is slowly filling with seven-passenger electric vehicles – but few of which are likely to be offered at this price point. No one expects the EV9 to be priced at $19,995 but it’ll almost certainly be well south of others in its size category such as the Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV. We’ll take this moment to point out all those vehicles use a mash of alphanumerics for their names. Make of that what you will.

As is typical of teasers, specific details are few and far between – but we can still parse a few particulars. The front end seems to take much from the concept car and various spy shots of the real thing, using a series of dot-matrix shapes and strips of LEDs to create a unique lighting signature. Its taillights reach to the sky and, save for small twin spears pointing towards the center of this car, Kia likely won’t mind if some non-car people mistake it for a Cadillac. The EV9’s side profile is boxy, as one would expect from a company that brought us three-row vehicles like the Telluride.

The bottom of that rear window is devoid of a wiper arm; we hope one is tucked away and hidden behind the roof-mounted spoiler. This is an irritating trend in new electric cars, with manufacturers doing away with rear wipers for the sake of weight or complexity or power consumption or because a bed-wetting bean counter said it was a good idea. Despite claims that aero effects will keep that pane clean, real-world testing in messy conditions proves that grime still accumulates, and a wiper is needed. Perhaps if enough of us complain, we can nip this trend in the bud before it becomes too widespread.

Kia plans to officially reveal the EV9 on March 15th.

[Image: Kia]

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 04, 2023

    You said

    T E L L U R I D E


  • Cprescott Cprescott on Mar 06, 2023

    The voice of the ghost of Andy Rooney... "Have you ever wondered why EV's have the most external lights when that uses the power from their only propulsion resource? You'd think they'd economize and maximize range and do the least possible. "

    • Luke42 Luke42 on Mar 06, 2023

      The power draw from LEDs is trivial compared to the vehicle's propulsion needs.

      Just like it is with gasoline vehicles, where the lights are powered by burning chemical fuels and confining the escaping hot gasses - except that DC-DC converters are far simpler, and easier to size to the application.

  • Kwik_Shift A nice stretch of fairly remote road that would be great for test driving a car's potential, rally style, is Flinton Road off of Highway 41 in Ontario. Twists/turns/dips/rises. Just hope a deer doesn't jump out at you. Also Highway 60 through Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Great scenery with lots of hills.
  • Saeed Hello, I need a series of other accessories from Lincoln. Do you have front window, front and rear lights, etc. from the 1972 and 1976 models
  • Probert Wow - so many digital renders - Ford, Stellantis. - whose next!!! They're really bringing it on....
  • Zerocred So many great drives:Dalton Hwy from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle.Alaska Marine Highway from Bellingham WA to Skagway AK. it was a multi-day ferry ride so I didn’t actually drive it, but I did take my truck.Icefields Parkway from Jasper AB to Lake Louise AB, CA.I-70 and Hwy 50 from Denver to Sacramento.Hwy 395 on the east side of the Sierras.
  • Aidian Holder I'm not interested in buying anything from a company that deliberately targets all their production in crappy union-busting states. Ford decided to build their EV manufaturing in Tennessee. The company built it there because of an anti-union legal environment. I won't buy another Ford because of that. I've owned four Fords to date -- three of them pickups. I'm shopping for a new one. It won't be a Ford Lightning. If you care about your fellow workers, you won't buy one either.