Kia recently revealed complete details of its fully electric 2024 Kia EV9 crossover, along with a statement that the “EV9 accelerates Kia’s transition to a sustainable mobility solutions provider.”
The 2024 Kia EV9 is a full-size three-row electric utility vehicle. GM does not yet have such a vehicle in its lineup, but its electrification plans mean it will eventually launch at least one alongside its other EV models.
Kia says the crossover’s exterior is designed to convey a futuristic aesthetic while maintaining the company’s distinctive style. This starts with a combination of headlamp shape, cube lamp clusters near the headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and grille design Kia says creates a “Digital Tiger Face” look. The Digital Tiger Face will appear on future Kia EVs also to provide an instantly recognizable visual theme.
The 2024 Kia EV9’s interior offers several different seating configurations, including a choice of bench seats, swivel seats, and two other seating options. The vehicle can therefore seat either six or seven occupants depending on the chosen setup. Kia says the cabin will offer six different colorways.
The 2024 Kia EV9 includes several features intended to boost its aerodynamic efficiency and thus its range. These include front bumper air curtains and an underbody cover reducing the undercarriage’s drag. As a result, the vehicle has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.28.
Kia will produce the EV9 with two different electric drivetrains. As standard, the crossover will draw power from a 76.1-kWh battery coupled to a single motor motivating the rear wheels only, developing 215 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
A longer-range variant will be equipped with a 99.8-kWh battery and the single, rear-mounted electric motor. Meanwhile, a dual-motor variant of the 2024 Kia EV9 with AWD and the bigger battery will boast 379 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The longest-range combination can reach 300 miles on a single charge, with 800-volt electrical architecture enabling a recharge of the battery pack from 10 to 80 percent in less than 25 minutes if connected to a Level 3 DC fast charger.
Initially, GM will indirectly compete against the 2024 Kia EV9 with a pair of upcoming two-row EV crossovers, both produced under its Chevrolet brand. These include the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV in the compact crossover segment and the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV for the mid-size crossover category.
The Chevy Blazer EV will be the first of the two crossovers to become available, with start of regular production (SORP) slated for Spring 2023. It will include variants meant for a wide range of different customers, with front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive configurations available.
The range-topping SS trim of the Blazer, scheduled to go on sale later this year, develops up to 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque. GM has not yet released power figures for the Blazer EV RS, but it will offer an estimated driving range of up to 320 miles.
The first-generation Chevy Equinox EV will launch second in Autumn 2023. It will boast a starting price of roughly $30,000 for the base 1LT trim level. At launch, only the sporty 2RS trim level will be available, while the 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 3RS trims are expected to debut later in the 2024 calendar year.
All Equinox trim levels will be available in an eAWD configuration, with maximum range measured at 300 miles in FWD configurations. As for output, FWD models will develop 210 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque, while eAWD models will be rated at 290 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque.
Both the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV and the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV will ride on the GM BEV3 platform, with power and propulsion supplied by GM Ultium battery and GM Ultium Drive motor technologies. Production of both electric crossovers will take place at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.