The Kia EV9 would have been unveiled as a concept last November. The EV9 is one of many electric vehicles based on the modular E-GMP platform used by Hyundai and Genesis. The SUV will have three rows of seats and a stylish design. The production model will retain most of the concept, but Kia still heavily camouflaged this prototype.
The boxy shape suggests that Kia is focusing on practicality over efficiency. Compared to the concept car, the prototype has already ditched the side cameras in favor of conventional rear-view mirrors, although the large SUV can still be sold with cameras in countries where the law does not prohibit it.
The concept's suicide rear doors won't go into production, which means the final version will feature the traditional B-pillar. As for the wheels, they are a size smaller than the 22-inch EV9 concept kits and feature an interesting four-spoke U-shaped design. Judging by the cutouts in the camouflage, the headlights and taillights will have an unusual shape and location.
The current line of E-GMP models peaks at 77.4kWh, this should change in EV9. The concept had a longer wheelbase of 3,100 millimeters (122 inches), or a full 200 mm (nearly eight inches) longer than the EV6, which should give engineers plenty of room to mount a larger battery. It will definitely be needed as the extra size will add weight and Kia is aiming for 300 miles.
The EV9 will go on sale late next year in the United States, where it's estimated to start at $50,000.