It feels like the Kia EV9 three-row all-electric SUV has been teased for the better part of a decade already, but it’s only been a couple of years. Still, we already have a good idea of what to expect, and now a Kia survey sent out to current Telluride owners may have revealed even more about the upcoming flagship SUV.
We know Kia is targeting a range of around 300 miles in at least one configuration built on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) shared with Hyundai and Kia, and we know that the EV9 will sport an optional three rows of seating for up to at least seven inside. Back in August, the EV9 was said to be undergoing its final phase of testing before production at Kia’s global Namyang R&D center in Korea.
According to the Kia owner survey viewed by Electrek, we can guess a little more. The survey mentioned two power configurations, at 200 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, and 400 hp with either 380 or 480 lb-ft of torque.
The 200 hp models start at $56,000 for 220 miles of range and $61,000 for 290 miles of range. The cheapest model gets a zero-pound tow rating, while the next level grants up to 2,000 pounds of towing capacity.
The 400 hp models are a little more complicated. Starting at $63,000 for 260 miles of range, the first trim gets a tow rating of 3,500 pounds, 19-inch wheels and seven seats. For $68,000, the next trim gets 240 miles, 3,500-pound tow rating, 20-inch wheels, and seating for only six. Finally, the range-topper listed in the survey starts at $73,000 for 240 miles, offers the most torque available, a 4,500-pound tow rating, 21-inch black wheels, and six seats.
For all models, Electrek reports the survey mentioned a $4,800 add-on fee for advanced driver assistance technology. A spokesperson confirmed to the outlet that the survey was to gauge interest in future brand EVs, but plans for the EV9 are still in flux.
The longest-range model is the slowest at 8.9 seconds to 60 mph, and the range-topper the quickest, getting there in 5.2 seconds. We expect the EV9 to be revealed in the first quarter of 2023.
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