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The Kia EV9 brings the SUV of tomorrow to the world of today

Kia’s all-new EV9 is an all-electric SUV designed and built for modern lifestyles in the electrified era. As the company’s first three-row electric flagship SUV, the spacious and striking EV9 is a rugged, sophisticated, and technologically advanced electric vehicle. Available as a six- or seven-seater, it combines bold styling, premium versatility, multifaceted connectivity, and Kia’s signature ‘Opposites United’ design to deliver a vehicle that’s ready for anything, with a driving range of up to 541 kilometres, according to WLTP.

The vehicle’s striking visual presence is inspired by Kia’s ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy that finds harmony in the contrasting qualities of nature, modernity, and technology. A powerful yet serene stance and a range of smart innovations make the EV9 equally at home off-road and in urban areas, while intelligent use of the interior space enables everyone on board to be comfortable, relaxed, and connected.

“The EV9 sets new standards for the segment while completely redefining it,” said Won Jeong Jeong, President of Kia Europe. “It brings the vehicle of tomorrow to the world of today, encouraging people to embrace the change to electric vehicles and inviting them to be part of the transformation of mobility. The EV9 will play an integral role in transforming the Kia brand and reshaping the way people move.”

“The Kia EV9 is unique in that it isn’t simply designed for drivers – it’s the SUV for everyone, providing an unprecedented level of comfort, space, access and technology,” said Sjoerd Knipping, Vice President of Marketing and Product at Kia Europe. “It also takes a holistic approach to electrification that enables the vehicle to do so much more than go from A to B. Among many ground-breaking features, the EV9 can power electric devices and appliances, charge other electric vehicles, and even power your home. We want to provide customers the practicality of a three-row-SUV with the driving experience of an EV.”

The driving range of up to 541 kilometres is complemented by ultra-fast charging that can add up to 239km of driving range in as little as 15 minutes. The EV9 is also equipped with bi-directional charging, meaning not only can customers charge their EV using a wall box or public charging point, but they can also use the power stored in the EV battery to power electronic appliances – or even, in the future, their home.

The EV9 is also the first Kia vehicle that can be upgraded via the Kia Connect store, enabling customers to update and personalise their vehicle with the features they want. Leather alternatives and materials made from recycled plastics mark an important and significant shift towards more sustainable interiors.

The Kia EV9 represents a pivotal step forward in the company’s journey towards becoming a sustainable mobility solutions provider. As one of the first vehicles in Europe to achieve level 3 autonomous driving, the EV9 carries the DNA of the future and is helping to pave the way to emission-free, fully connected, and autonomous mobility.

Minimalistic interior for an intuitive experience
The Kia EV9 is characterised by a spacious interior with a minimalist and easy-to-use layout. The unique EV architecture, with the long wheelbase and flat floor of the E-GMP, allows for more cabin space than ever before. The EV9 comes with three rows of seats and is available in both a six-seat and a standard seven-seat layout. It is currently one of the only seven-seat EVs available.

Upon entering the Kia EV9, customers will be welcomed by the Kia emblem on the steering wheel, which illuminates while driving. The model also comes with the option of Digital Side Mirrors (DSM) – digital screens connected to cameras instead of analogue mirrors. These expand the driver’s field of vision, increasing both safety and convenience.  The digital rear view mirror, meanwhile, can be used as a normal electric chromatic mirror or as a display for camera picture which enables the driver to get a safe rear view in situations when the view is obscured.

The centre console is equipped with a fast wireless phone charger and a module with a USB port and charger. The second and third rows also feature USB chargers. Various ambient mood lights are applied inside the front rear armrests and on top of the map pocket, providing different lightning functions such as speed linkage and car camping mode. The hidden illuminated buttons ensure intuitive handling. Interior colour schemes include:

Dark Gray and Black

Brown and Black

Dark Gray and Light Gray

Navy Blue and Dark Gray

Unique second-row options enable Pause and Enjoy Modes
The first row offers relaxation seats which can be reclined with the footrest extended while parking or charging. The electronically adjustable seats are equipped with an integrated memory system, automatically adjusting the position of the seat as well as the steering wheel to the driver’s pre-set preference. Additionally, the third row is equipped with armrests including bottle and cup holders.

On top of the first-row relaxation seats, the six-seat layout comes with one of two extra options for second row passengers which can be activated when the vehicle is stationary: Pause Mode, which turns the vehicle interior into a lounge using second row swivelling seats and Enjoy Mode with second-row relaxation seats with wing-out headrests.

The six-seat version with swivelling seats has second-row seats equipped with a 180-degree swivel function. When the car is stopped, the second-row passengers can turn their seats and face the third row and directly interact with each other. In this layout, the long sliding tray, extending from the centre console, acts as a table in between the seats.

Enjoy Mode, meanwhile, allows second-row passengers to recline when the first-row passengers are relaxing, as well, ensuring maximum comfort for all passengers on the journey. Each relaxation seat is equipped with an additional leg rest, and with full ventilation both on the front and the rear, to maximise the driving and travelling experience.

These two alternative seat layouts redefine possibilities for in-car activities, whether parked, charging, or camping. In addition to the separate settings for the driver and the front passenger, the completely independent climate system in the back of the vehicle offers improved rear passenger comfort. This saves energy by only heating or cooling passengers when they want it, where they want it. In addition, the EV9 is the first Kia model in Europe with the new Kia climate control panel. This makes it easier to see and control all climate settings without needing to access the infotainment sub-menus.

Infotainment: Technology with purpose
The interior of the Kia EV9 is equipped with simple, refined technology for an intuitive user experience.The Triple-Panorama-Display consists of a 12.3-inch cluster in front of the driver, a 12.3-inch AVNT screen and a 5.1-inch applied climate system for seat and heating information. The EV9 is also equipped with a Head-Up Display (HUD) for added convenience.

As well as physical buttons on the steering wheel, additional hidden buttons only light up when the car is switched on.

The Kia EV9’s touchscreen navigation system offers a wide range of features such as Bluetooth multi-connection as standard, enabling occupants to connect two mobile devices at once, while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality are also standard.

It comes with improved usability of voice recognition based on natural language enabling using services such as navigating, turning on the media and controlling the temperature. A Quick Control Screen, meanwhile, which can be accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen, enables customers to access frequently used features without having to navigate through menus and sub-menus. Google Fast Pair Service, meanwhile, makes it even easier for Android users to connect their phone to the vehicle’s infotainment system.

One new feature, Car Wash Mode, makes it even more convenient to use an automatic car wash. With the press of one button, the AVNT activates all settings necessary to enter an automatic car wash, including making sure all doors and windows are closed, pulling in the side mirrors, and making sure the auto flush door handles stay in.

As with other Kia models, EV9 customers can benefit from Kia Connect Live Services, which include online navigation as well as real-time information on traffic information, parking availability and parking costs, locations and pricing for fuel stations and EV charging points, weather forecasts, online POI search, and, in markets where available, speed camera information.

“We believe technology and innovation promote positive interactions between humans and machines,” said Jochen Paesen, Vice President for Interior Design. “Our objective with the interior of the all-knew Kia EV9 was to combine high-tech features for a high level of intuitiveness. That’s why we came up with a simple, refined interior with the best layout and graphics to enhance usability for our customers.”

Meridian Premium Sound System for an unrivalled audio experience
For music lovers, the Kia EV9 offers a Meridian Premium Sound System with 14 speakers throughout the vehicle and an external amplifier. The Intelli Q feature automatically adjusts the volume and sound quality based on vehicle speed change, and Horizon allows for simultaneous control over music playback and image/surround.

More personalisation via the Kia Connect store
The EV9 will be the first Kia vehicle that can be upgraded via the Kia Connect store for an even higher level of flexibility and personalisation. Customers can purchase additional features via Kia Connect, which are then installed remotely into the vehicle using over-the-air (OTA) updates. This makes it easier than ever for customers to upgrade their Kia experience and stay up to date with the latest technology.

Across the vehicle’s lifetime, these upgrades will encompass all elements of the vehicle, from safety and convenience features, driving performance, external appearance, and infotainment such as:

Remote Smart Parking Assist 2.0 (RSPA 2), where the vehicle can automatically park itself even if the driver is outside the vehicle, with improved object detection.

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Save a digital key on your phone for added convenience
In addition to the Kia EV9’s Smart Key, customers can also use a smartphone to lock or unlock the doors, start, or turn off the car, control the emergency alarm, and open or close the boot. This is thanks to the new Digital Key 2 with Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) technology. And for added convenience, you don’t even have to take the phone out of your pocket to unlock the door. This digital key can be shared with up to three other people at a time, and the owner can control which features to share and for how long.

The next step in sustainable mobility
The Kia EV9 made its European debut at the Kia Brand Summit earlier this month. Under the motto “Moving responsibly together,” the event illustrated how the model drives Kia’s transformation into a sustainable mobility solutions provider by enabling movement the European way: responsible, collaborative, progressive, and inspired.

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