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Kia to launch large electric SUV EV9 next year

Kia has announced that their November 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show concept, the EV9, will go into production in the spring of 2023.

The EV9 concept, which was first displayed at the Los Angeles auto show in November 2021, will enter production at some point in 2023, according to a statement from Kia this spring. The electric full-size crossover will now make its global debut in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Korean automaker. Kia also released a number of images showing the testing of the production EV9.

The availability of the EV9 in the US has not yet been confirmed by Kia. We believe the EV9 will be sold in the United States because it is a large SUV and because the concept was unveiled at an American auto show, although it is more likely to launch in Europe first. After contacting Kia for comment, we will update this article if we hear back from them.

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The latest pictures show the EV9 being tested at Kia’s South Korean R&D facility in Namyang. According to Kia, the EV9 has been tested on a cobblestone road, a rough terrain track, a deep water wading test, and a four-wheel-drive climbing hill to gauge ride comfort. The handling of the EV9 has also been tested on tracks with low friction and a high-speed circuit. Even though all we can see of the EV9’s front is its vertical headlights and two horizontal trim pieces, it resembles the concept quite a bit. Although the body is not as bulky as the concept, the upward kink on the window line has been retained. When it debuts in 2023, the EV9, according to Kia, will become the company’s flagship model.