For a little over a year now, we’ve been hearing about Kia’s upcoming three-row fully electric SUV without much to go on except a concept design and that it’s positioned above the excellent EV6 crossover. Despite its introduction coming later this year, there may be more information about the 2024 Kia EV9 in Albuquerque, NM before its official reveal. Current Kia Telluride owners were recently sent a survey that disclosed new details about the soon-to-be flagship vehicle.
Although the proposed specs could change before the EV9 goes into production, Kia provided a nearly complete summary of the SUV’s functionality. The company stated to Car and Driver that “…we are constantly evaluating the market and often conduct research regularly to inform future product development.”
The names for the five EV9 models listed on the document haven’t been given, but assuming its accuracy, it did specify that the two lowest trims will be rear-wheel drive, with 200 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Offering 220 miles of range and a supposed zero to 60 mph time of 8.5 seconds, the base model may start at around $56,000. This one has no towing capability. The next step up is the $61,000 trim, which adds an extra 70 miles of range but gives up 0.4 seconds in the 0-60 mph sprint. It keeps the same electric motor, but we presume it has a larger battery pack, which would help with the 2,000-pound towing capacity.
Getting into the higher trims, the next model offers all-wheel drive, which ups the price to $63,000 to start. This upgraded setup should deliver 400 hp and 380 lb-ft, but the range decreases to 260 miles. However, the towing capacity climbs to 3500 pounds, and you’ll make the dash to 60 mph in just 6 seconds! One more step up the trim level brings the price to $68,000 and replaces the standard 19-inch wheels with 20s, which drops the range down to 240 miles.
Finally, the top-tier trim starts at $73,000 and has the same estimated range as the previous model. This one is supposed to make the 0-60 mph sprint in just 5.2 seconds. Its torque jumps to 480 lb-ft, which increases the towing capacity to 4500 pounds. Black exterior trim, black 21-inch wheels, and an extra bit of ground clearance (0.4 inches) round out the noted features.
As the electric equivalent of the award-winning Kia Telluride mid-size SUV, the 2024 Kia EV9 in Albuquerque, NM is expected to go on sale sometime in the latter half of this year. We’ll have to wait and see whether Kia actually will offer all five of these trim levels or if the survey helps the automaker narrow it down to a lower number.
We want to mention that the EV9 has been verified to receive a Level 3 autonomous driving system, which is listed as a $4800 option. According to the document, the two highest trims will also receive vehicle-to-load and vehicle-to-grid capabilities.
The 2024 EV9 will be here soon, so if you’re interested, now is the time to start thinking about your purchase. Contact us here at Fiesta Kia or stop by in person. The dealership of Fiesta Kia is located at 7400 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.