The first full images of the seven-seat electric SUV, the Kia EV9, have been revealed. The bold and confident visual presence of the EV9 is inspired by Kia’s ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy.
“The Kia EV9 breaks new ground, aiming to redefine standards for design, connectivity, usability and environmental responsibility,” said Karim Habib, Executive Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center. “The Kia EV9 offers customers an exceptionally high-quality proposition and a fresh EV perspective in the family SUV sector. This new vehicle typology provides instinctive experiences and excellent comfort for not just the driver, but all occupants, through innovative use of space, technology and design.”
The vehicle effortlessly offers an aura of rugged capability for all conditions, contrasted with the serene calmness an electric vehicle provides, paving a new path for future electric SUV design.
The front of the EV9 is denoted by simple clear-cut lines and body surfaces. This is accentuated by the ‘Digital Pattern Lighting Grille’ and striking vertical headlamps. The Digital Tiger Face features two clusters of small cube lamps within the bodywork adjacent to each headlamp. The EV9’s innovative ‘Star Map LED daytime running lights (DRL)’ creates a new illumination experience and delivers a sophisticated animated lighting pattern that will denote Kia’s Digital Tiger Face for the brand’s future EV models.
Formed from a polygonal design language, the side profile of the EV9 combines a strong SUV identity with exceptional aerodynamic efficiency. Flush door handles and a tapered roofline give a sense of smooth and efficient motion.
At its rear, simple clean lines are elegantly detailed by the slim rear lights that mirror the design of the front.
Interior design for up to seven passengers
Kia’s designers have prioritised space, comfort and technology for all passengers, reimagining what a family SUV can offer.
Built on Kia’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV9’s completely flat electric vehicle architecture has facilitated the creation of generous space for all occupants to connect and relax with lounge-style comfort.
Offered in both six- and seven-seat formats, Kia captured feedback from families to evaluate seating configurations and features to ensure the EV9 delivers equality of space, comfort and experience for all occupants.
The car features first and second-row reclining seats, while seats in the second row can also be swivelled 180 degrees. Third-row seats are provided with cup holders and charging points for mobile devices.
The open, floating panoramic dashboard features two 12.3-inch touch screens integrated with one 5.0-inch segment display, keeping physical buttons to a minimum. The centre console is equipped with ample storage options, including a spacious compartment located at its base.