Kia has officially unveiled its latest electric SUV concept, the Concept EV9, giving autophiles a glimpse at what to expect for the future lineup of Kia electric vehicles.
Following a futuristic aesthetic, the concept reveals an angular design and highlights the technology expected to be featured with the upcoming models. The cockpit holds a simplistic design that mainly emphasizes the sprawling 27-inch display. Though not as big as the Mercedes EQS’ Hyperscreen, it does offer a more expansive iteration of the Kia EV6’s dual 12-inch panels.
Kia promises that performance will still be a focus as EV-enthusiasts can expect the car to reach up to 300 miles of range and 350kW charging that a is able to bring the Concept EV9 from 10% charge to 80% in 30 minutes. However, compared to the Tesla Model Y, the Kia Concept EV9 will not outlast the vehicle.
In terms of the aesthetic of the car, the EV9 features a yoke-like steering wheel that subsequently turns into a social hub when the car is stationary. The car features two modes. One of them is the Pause mode that turns the second row into a table and swivels the front chairs to face the third-row chairs. In Enjoy Mode pivots the third-row seats can pivot from the front to allow the users to look at the outside.
Kia promises that they will take an eco-friendly design approach that uses recycled fishnets for the flooring, reused plastic bottles for the seats and vegan leather to line the interior.