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2024 Kia EV9 EPA Range, Efficiency, and Pricing: A Detailed Overview

2024 Kia EV9

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Kia's 2024 EV9, a three-row SUV, is set to hit the U.S. market, offering a fresh perspective on electric vehicles. Here's an in-depth look at its key specifications and pricing, giving you a clear picture of what to expect.

E-GMP Platform and Size 

The Kia EV9 shares its foundation with the E-GMP platform, like its sibling, the EV6. However, the EV9 distinguishes itself with a larger build and unique battery and powertrain components.

Variety of Versions 

The entry-level EV9, available only as a seven-seater, boasts a 76.1-kilowatt-hour battery and a 160-kilowatt electric motor, powering the rear wheels. Other configurations feature a 99.8-kWh battery pack, with options for both rear-wheel drive (150 kW) and all-wheel drive (283 kW) powertrains.

EPA Range Ratings 

The EPA Combined range varies depending on the version and trim, spanning from 230 miles to an impressive 304 miles. Notably, the Long Range, rear-wheel drive variant achieves the 304-mile range, marking a significant improvement over the entry-level version (76.1 kWh), which offers 230 miles.

AWD Performance 

All-wheel drive (AWD) versions of the Kia EV9 offer slightly lower range figures due to the added front motor and larger wheels. Nonetheless, even the top-tier AWD variant is expected to provide a respectable 270 miles of range, only 11% less than the Long Range RWD model.

Efficiency in All Conditions 

AWD versions of the Kia EV9 also include a heat pump to mitigate range reduction in cold weather. While this feature is available as an option for the Long Range RWD version, it's not offered for the Standard Range variant.

Impressive Acceleration 

The AWD versions of the Kia EV9 offer not only efficiency but also impressive acceleration, boasting a standard 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds. The GT-Line trim takes it up a notch with a bit more torque, promising a swift 4.5-second acceleration.

Energy Consumption 

EPA range and efficiency ratings provide insights into the expected energy consumption of the 2024 Kia EV9. Rear-wheel drive models exhibit similar energy consumption, estimated at 88-89 MPGe or approximately 379-383 watt-hours per mile. Both variants feature 19-inch wheels.

Variation in Efficiency 

All-wheel drive versions, the Wind and Land trims, are rated at 83 MPGe or around 406 Wh/mi, roughly 6% higher. Interestingly, despite different wheel sizes (19-inch and 20-inch), the EPA rating appears to apply to both Wind and Land models, with minimal expected variance in real-world testing.

GT-Line Efficiency The GT-Line version shares a similar AWD powertrain with Wind and Land but benefits from enhanced torque. The primary distinction lies in larger 21-inch wheels (285/45R21), resulting in an efficiency rating of 80 MPGe or about 421 Wh/mi, a 3.7% increase compared to the standard AWD.

Exceptional Efficiency In summary, the Kia EV9 emerges as one of the most efficient large electric SUVs currently available.

Pricing Details The base Kia EV9 (seven seats) starts at an MSRP of $54,900, with a destination charge of $1,495. The Long Range RWD version (six seats) comes in at $59,200.

Additional Options The first Long Range 7-seat AWD version starts at $63,900, followed by two 6-seat versions priced at $69,900 and $73,900 for the top-tier variant.

Tax Incentive Considerations Imported from South Korea, the Kia EV9 won't qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit, but potential incentives may be available through leasing.

Prepare for a new era in electric SUVs with the 2024 Kia EV9—a blend of efficiency, performance, and versatility. 

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