Kia has shown images of the EV9 serial crossover, the largest model on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP electric platform. This is not a full-fledged premiere yet: technical specifications, equipment and prices will be disclosed only at the end of March, and dealers will have “live” cars in the summer. But design decisions deserve attention.
Chief among them is the Digital Tiger Face (“digital tiger face”), a new layout principle for the front of the body. Kia’s chief designer, Karim Habib, wanted to create a futuristic look with two LED brackets that house the “pixels” of the running lights. Such graphics are generally a hallmark of a battery-powered Hyundai/Kia, but the EV9’s pixels are animated and arranged in a more intricate way.
The flagship SUV will be six- or seven-seater, with separate seats in the second row in any case. They can be rotated 180° for the convenience of exiting the cabin or to talk to those sitting in the “gallery”. The third row has separate cupholders and USB ports. While charging the electric vehicle, the backrests of the seats in the first and second rows can be reclined to rest.
In front of the driver is the already familiar EV6 panel of two 12.3-inch displays – a virtual dashboard and a touch screen multimedia system. Instead of the “washer” of the transmission selector, a separate lever is mounted on the steering column.
As expected, the engineers did not abandon the central pillar, and the diameter of the disks (apparently the largest and most expensive available) in the production car is still smaller than in the concept – 21 inches instead of 22. Traditional mirrors instead of exterior cameras – a nod to side of the legislation of the United States, on the market of which the main bet is made. According to preliminary information, there EV9 will cost from 56 to 73 thousand dollars.
The EV9 is expected to be available in both single-engine, rear-wheel-drive versions (rumored to produce 150kW and 339Nm) and all-wheel drive versions with an electric motor on each axle (in which case, the total output will be around 300kW and 515Nm). 651 Nm). The 800-volt architecture favors ultra-fast charging (the concept had a maximum charging power of 350 kW), with which it will be possible to replenish the energy reserve from 10 to 80% in 20-30 minutes.
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