Kia reveals its electric flagship SUV: Kia EV9

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Kia has revealed full images of the exterior and interior design of the Kia EV9, its first three-row electric flagship SUV.  Kia says its designers have fused sleek, sculptural shapes and assured, assertive geometry to deliver a car which is strikingly contemporary in its overall construction.

Exterior Features

This comes under the umbrella of Kia’s ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, which it says focuses on the parallels and opposites between nature and modernity.

In particular, the ‘Bold for Nature’ pillar of the ideology, which inspires the combination of elements from the natural and material worlds, has played a key role in forming the exterior design of the EV9.

The front of the EV9 is denoted by clear-cut lines and body surfaces, accentuated by the ‘Digital Pattern Lighting Grille’ and vertical headlamps. The EV9’s ‘Digital Tiger Face’ features two clusters of small cube lamps within the bodywork, adjacent to each headlamp (Photo: Kia)

Formed from a polygonal design language, Kia says this combines a strong  SUV identity with exceptional aerodynamic efficiency. Dynamic triangular fender structures and highly pronounced geometric wheel arches combine with the fuselage body.

Interior Features

Kia says its ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy ‘Technology for Life’ pillar ensures the application of technology and innovation which promotes positive, intuitive interactions between humans and machines. To that end, Kia’s designers have prioritised space, comfort and technology.

Built on Kia’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV9’s long wheelbase, low beltline, and completely flat electric vehicle architecture have facilitated the creation of generous space for all occupants. 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.

Occupants sitting in the first and second-row seats can simultaneously recline their seats to relax and rest when the EV9 is charging. The seats in the second row can be effortlessly swivelled 180 degrees so that occupants can interact with those sitting in the third row. The third-row seats also offer cup holders and charging points for mobile devices.

The open, floating panoramic dashboard extends from the steering wheel to the vehicle’s centre, with two 12.3in touch screens integrated with one 5-in segment display (Photo: Kia)

Kia says this extended display high-definition audio visual, navigation and telematics (AVNT) screen creates a rich and immersive experience.. Beneath the AVNT screen, an array of hidden type touch buttons provides a start/stop function along with AVNT and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control.

Comment from Kia

“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.”

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