when Kia has been making fun of its upcoming battery-powered electric EV9 crossover a few days ago, we thought the South Korean automaker planned to reveal the big boxy people hauler today. Alas, no, the previous mockery was to promote some other puzzle. During an 18-minute live stream online presentation called “Kia Sustainability Movement: inspiration inspired by nature, ” duck discussed corporate sustainability goals and some of the features we can expect in the crossover, releasing a few more vehicle tips on Instagram.
If before we suspected a square body, now we are sure of a square body. The shaded images show a broad-bodied brute thing, a pronounced shoulder line separating the greenhouse from the sheet metal below. Below that line, the EV9 concept delights in seriously perforated square fenders that hover over a set of rather interesting wheels whose design remember a reel-to-reel recorder. Further exterior details include long DRLs or perhaps headlights that range from fenders to grille, a grille of small inserted lights, LED taillights that are all folded down, and a large oval sunroof.
Inside, there is a rectangular steering wheel attached to the column with a single wide beam along its bottom edge. Behind that, the only ornament on the instrument panel is an ultra-wide screen and a few illuminated indicators along the front edge of the IP. There don’t appear to be any buttons on the panel or center tunnel. During the livestream presentation, Kia chief designer Karim Habib said the EV9 concept will use recycled fishing nets for the floors, recycled plastic and wool fibers for the seat fabric and vegan leather. We’ve also been told that the interior will be a flexible lounge space, which could mean fancy swivel seats that will start preparing us for the self-contained lounges we’ve been observing in conceptual form for years. Or remember the 70s and 80s conversion vans.
The EV9 concept will debut on November 17th at Los Angeles Auto Show, the same day as its sister crossover concept, the Hyundai Seven, debuts. EV9 production is scheduled for 2023, most likely Kia’s largest planned range of seven battery electric cars ranging from EV1 to EV9. Kia will likely reveal some details about the powertrain in Los Angeles. Beyond 2023, Kia said it plans to only use electric vehicles in Europe by 2035 and to be electric-only vehicles in other key markets by 2040, on the road to being carbon-neutral by 2045.
You can see more about the EV9 concept and hear the automaker’s plans firsthand live.