Published on March 15th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


Kia EV9 Unveiled As Brand’s 1st 3-Row Electric Vehicle

The Kia EV9 is the largest iteration of the E-GMP yet.

Kia Corporation has unveiled its first three-row electric flagship SUV, the Kia EV9, featuring a unique combination of bold styling and sophisticated elegance inside and out. The EV9 represents a pivotal step forward in Kia’s journey towards becoming a sustainable mobility solutions provider. With its ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, the EV9 effortlessly combines an undoubted aura of rugged capability for all conditions with the serene calmness of a sophisticated EV that paves new paths for future electric SUV design.

Exterior Design: Paving New Paths for Future Electric SUV Design

The Kia EV9’s exterior design is guided by the brand’s ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, which inspires the combination of elements from the natural and material worlds. The result is a vehicle that effortlessly combines an undoubted aura of rugged capability for all conditions with the serene calmness of a sophisticated EV that paves new paths for future electric SUV design.

The EV9’s front is denoted by simple clear-cut lines and body surfaces, accentuated by the ‘Digital Pattern Lighting Grille’ and striking vertical headlamps. The EV9’s signature ‘Digital Tiger Face’ imparts a visionary and futuristic look and feel.

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.

The side profile of the Kia EV9 effortlessly combines a strong and indisputable SUV identity with exceptional aerodynamic efficiency. Dynamic triangular fender structures and highly pronounced geometric wheel arches combine with the fuselage body, unifying the polygonal elements into a cohesive structure that presents a determined look.

Interior Design: New Social Space with Enhanced Comfort and Technology

The Kia ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy ‘Technology for Life’ pillar ensures that only technology and innovation that promote positive, intuitive interactions between humans and machines are created, realizing new possibilities for mobility. These values have played a pivotal role in the creation of the interior of the EV9. They have enabled Kia’s designers to prioritize 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 long wheelbase, low beltline, and completely flat electric vehicle architecture have facilitated the creation of generous space for all occupants to connect and relax with lounge-style comfort in all three rows of seats. 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 without placing all of its focus on the driver.

Kia EV9 interior photo

Throughout the spacious, light, airy cabin, the Kia EV9 embodies an elegantly simple, premium quality, exceptionally user-friendly design. The open, floating panoramic dashboard extends from the steering wheel to the vehicle’s center, with two 12.3-inch touch screens integrated with one 5-inch segment display to improve the digital experience. The center console is equipped with ample storage options, including a spacious compartment located at its base, while the center console doors are designed to add to the overall refinement of the interior space.

The Kia EV9’s extended display high-definition audio-visual, navigation, and telematics (AVNT) screen creates a rich and immersive experience, enhancing occupants’ ability to engage and interact with the digital world seamlessly.


Beneath the AVNT screen, an array of hidden touch buttons provides a start/stop function along with AVNT and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control.

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