After a few teaser videos, we have finally seen the entire Kia EV9 for the first time. The EV9 is the first entrant into the mid-size three-row SUV segment, dominated by the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride for years.
The vehicle is a little boxy, but that is by design. The Kia design team described the look as “refined boxiness” and included a variety of sharp edges that we saw on the original concept car. Even though we have the pictures, Kia did not confirm the exact specs or dimensions of the vehicle.
On the inside, the vehicle has a minimalist design with two 12.3-inch screens. In between, the screen is an HVAC readout. Interestingly, there are not many knobs or buttons, with Kia opting to go mostly touchscreen with the EV9. The infotainment system is also a new generation, but Kia did not detail what features it will have.
The most intriguing part of the launch has to be the backseats. The middle two seats can swivel to face the rear. It is reminiscent of the Chrysler Swivel n Go seats we saw in the mid-2000s. Although this is an excellent feature, it looks a little tight in terms of legroom when the seats are positioned towards the rear.
We are still awaiting official pricing, specs and dimensions, but the EV9 is an intriguing vehicle in a segment where EVs have not ventured.