Kia has published the technical specifications of the EV9, the flagship electric crossover based on the modular E-GMP platform. Before, we have already talked about the appearance and interior of the novelty, and now we will focus on the numbers.
In terms of dimensions, the EV9 is 1 cm longer (5010 mm), 1 cm narrower (1980 mm) and 5 mm higher (1755 mm) than the Telluride, but the wheelbase of the electric car is much longer – 3100 mm versus 2900. The choice will be available discs with a diameter of 19, 20 or 21 inches.
Despite the monolithic appearance, the drag coefficient is only 0.28. This result was achieved thanks to the almost flat protection of the underbody, which is printed on a 3D printer for the EV9, a special design of the wheels and flaps in the front bumper with electromechanical actuators controlled by electronics. External rear-view cameras, by the way, the EV9 will still have, but only in those markets where the rejection of the usual mirrors is legal.
At the start of sales, the flagship crossover will be available in three versions. The base version will be equipped with a single electric motor on the rear axle (160 kW / 218 hp, 350 Nm), which will accelerate to “hundreds” in 8.2 s, and a battery with a capacity of 76.1 kWh.
In the next version of the Long Range, the electric motor is “strangled” by 10 kW (150 kW / 204 hp, 350 Nm), but the battery capacity is already 99.8 kWh. This modification is the most phlegmatic (100 km / h from a standstill can only be reached in 9.4 seconds), but on 19-inch wheels it can travel 541 km without recharging in the WLTP cycle.
At the top of the range is a twin-engine modification with a total output of 283 kW (385 hp) and 600 Nm. Acceleration to 100 km / h takes exactly six seconds, but in the Kia branded online store you can buy the Boost function, with which the short-term peak return will increase to 700 Newtons, and the acceleration time to “hundreds” will be reduced to 5.3 s.
The 800-volt architecture allows the use of higher power terminals. For example, 15 minutes at the outlet will be enough to increase the range by 239 km, they say in Kia. Like all models on the E-GMP, the new crossover will be able to deliver up to 3.68 kW of current through the built-in outlet. This is enough to urgently recharge another car or power a small house with electricity.
The machine is equipped with thirteen sensors and two more long-range lidars. This is a blank for the third level autopilot, which they promise to add to the list of optional equipment for the top-end GT-Line. At first, EV9 will offer only adaptive cruise control and a wide range of other electronic assistants. Among the passive safety systems are ten airbags and a reinforced central pillar, which more effectively protects riders in a side impact.
Pre-orders for the Kia EV9 in South Korea will open in the second quarter of 2023, and dealers in major global markets (including, of course, the US) will have cars in the second half of the year. Prices have not yet been announced, however, according to preliminary information, the rear-wheel drive version with a small battery will cost $56,000 without options, and about $75,000 for a twin-engine modification.