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August 25, 2022

Kia EV9 in final testing ahead of 2023 debut

Kia’s next all-electric vehicle, the EV9 SUV, is set for debut in Q1 2023

By David Leggett

Kia has revealed details of the final intensive testing program undertaken by the Kia EV9 ahead of its world debut in 2023. The all-electric Kia EV9 will become the brand’s flagship model.

Kia says the model has been developed over a period of 44 months to set new standards in design, performance, range, driving dynamics, technology and comfort; every facet of the EV9 is ‘currently being pushed to the limits of durability’ at Kia’s global Namyang R&D centre in Korea.

During this final testing phase, the EV9 is subjected to a verification program that includes testing on a 4WD climbing hill and rough terrain tracks, as well as deep-water wading.

Kia also is putting the model through high-speed, handling, and low-friction tracks. At the same time, ‘Belgian pavé’ cobbled road surfaces enable Kia’s engineers to subject the EV9’s ride comfort and build quality to the harshest possible trials. In addition to the test programme at Namyang R&D centre, like every Kia model, the EV9 has also been subjected to a punishing testing regimen in locations all over the globe.

Kia first gave the world a preview of its newest flagship model in the form of the Kia Concept EV9, unveiled at AutoMobility LA in Los Angeles last year. It says the EV9 production model will represent the ‘pinnacle of what is possible with an SUV’.

The Kia EV9 has been developed on the company’s advanced Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).

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