Kia EV9 undergoes final technical tests ahead of world debut in 2023


  • Kia’s next all-electric vehicle, the EV9 SUV, undergoes the latest rigorous tests
  • The world premiere of the Kia EV9 is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023
  • Designed and engineered to transform the large electric SUV segment
  • New flagship EV9 model pushed to its durability limits on a grueling selection of tracks, roads and surfaces

(Seoul) August 25, 2022 – Kia has revealed details of the latest intensive testing program undertaken by the Kia EV9 ahead of its global debut in 2023. The all-electric Kia EV9 will become the brand’s flagship model and revolutionize the large electric SUV segment, while accelerating the transformation of the Kia brand. and assert its leadership in sustainable electric mobility.

Developed over a 44 month period to set new standards in design, performance, range, driving dynamics, technology and comfort, every facet of the EV9 is currently being pushed to the limits of sustainability at Kia’s global R&D center in Namyang, Korea.

During this final testing phase, the EV9 is relentlessly subjected to a grueling verification program on a 4WD climbing hill and rough terrain track, as well as a deep water fording test, to ensure maximum reliability even under the most difficult conditions. Kia’s high-speed, maneuverable and low-friction tracks put every element of the EV9’s performance and handling under the strictest scrutiny. At the same time, the unforgiving cobblestones of the Belgian road allow Kia engineers to subject the ride comfort and build quality of the EV9 to the toughest tests possible. In addition to the testing program at the Namyang R&D Center, like all Kia models, the EV9 has also been subjected to a rigorous testing program in locations around the world.

Kia first gave the world a glimpse of its new flagship model in the form of the Kia Concept EV9, unveiled at AutoMobility LA in Los Angeles last year. Personifying “Opposites United”, the brand’s revolutionary new design language, the EV9 production model will represent the pinnacle of what is possible from an SUV. The Kia EV9 developed on the company’s advanced Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) will usher in a new era of sophisticated, high-tech and sustainable mobility.

Retiring in the first quarter of 2023, the Kia EV9 will follow in the footsteps of the brand’s groundbreaking all-electric EV6, which has won numerous critical accolades, including the highly prestigious European Car of the Year 2022 title.

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