Kia reveals EV9
The visual presence of the EV9 is inspired by Kia's 'Opposites United' design philosophy, which harnesses the creative tension generated by the divergent values of nature and modernity to deliver a harmonious whole. Kia's designers have fused a unique combination of sleek, sculptural shapes and assured, assertive geometry to deliver a strikingly contemporary yet gracefully serene SUV.
Guided by the brand's 'Opposites United' design philosophy, Kia's designers strive to create vehicles with unprecedented visual appeal. 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 simple clear-cut lines and body surfaces, which exude confidence, clarity and calmness in equal measure. Accentuated by the 'Digital Pattern Lighting Grille' and striking vertical headlamps, the EV9's signature 'Digital Tiger Face' imparts a 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 'Star Map LED daytime running lights (DRL)' creates a new illumination experience and delivers an 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 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. Flush door handles and a tapered back roofline gives a sense of smooth and efficient motion.
At the rear of the vehicle, the simple, clean lines of the tailgate, which are elegantly detailed by the slim rear lights that mirror the design of those at the front, further reflect the EV9's stance.
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 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.
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. Two 12.3-inch touch screens integrated with one 5-inch segment display improve the digital experience, offering effortless control of the vehicle's functions and ensuring physical buttons are kept to a minimum.
The centre console is equipped with ample storage options, including a spacious compartment located at its base. The centre console doors are further designed to add to the overall refinement of the interior space.
The Kia EV9 will make its global premiere in late March. During the event, Kia will disclose all product information and roll out the global campaign with the slogan, 'Here to reshape the way we move.'