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Kia puts the next EV9 electric SUV to the test.
The automaker has released images of a production-ready prototype sporting a camouflage wrap to hide its design details being tested ahead of its full reveal early next year.
The EV9 will join the EV6 and Niro EV as the brand’s next all-electric offering for the 2024 model year.
The model has already been previewed by the Concept EV9 show car which was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year.
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Similar in size to the popular Kia Telluride, the three-row SUV is expected to be the largest consumer electric vehicle when it goes on sale.
In addition to races on an inclined high-speed track, the tests include a section of rough terrain, a fording and a hill climb putting the vehicle through the “toughest tests possible”.
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The 2023 Tellluride X-Pro, introduced this year, features increased ground clearance, all-terrain tires and an upgraded traction management system to better handle slippery surfaces, and the EV9 looks ready to follow suit. not.
The estimated price and range of the EV9 have yet to be announced.
Kia’s current electric vehicles recently lost their eligibility for the $7,500 federal electric car tax credit because they are imported from South Korea and only North American-built vehicles qualify.
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Kia has yet to announce where the EV9 will be made, but parent company Hyundai is building a new plant in Georgia for electric vehicle production that is expected to open in late 2024 or early 2025.