The Kia EV9 is landing in dealerships now, with two of the three grades, the Air and GT-Line, available immediately. A third trim level, the mid-tier Earth, has been delayed by a couple of months.
Anyway, Kia’s big electric SUV will kick off from $97,000, before on-road costs, for the Air, making it among the best-value (on a dollar-per-square-metre basis) electric vehicles in the country.
For that, you get a single rear-motor, along with 19-inch alloy wheels, projection headlights with LED DRLs and LED tail-lights, flush-closing door handles and vehicle to load (V2L) functionality.
Inside, there are synthetic leather seats that are powered, heated and ventilated up front, twin 12.3-inch interior screens with a 5.0-inch climate panel in the middle, an eight-speaker stereo, wireless device charging and a powered tailgate.
You also get 'Kia Connect' and over the air updates. In fact, Kia says some 60 percent of car’s onboard computers can be updated remotely.
Next is the Earth, which lists at $106,500, and adds better seats, gloss black exterior detailing, ambient interior mood lighting, a light-up logo in the steering wheel, and some extra safety kit.
Crucially, you also get a twin-motor powertrain that makes more power, and a bigger battery.
Finally, you have the GT-Line, which lists at $121,00, and builds on the Earth’s inclusions with 21-inch alloys, LED headlights, roof racks, privacy glass, digital side mirrors, a dual tilt-and-slide sunroof and remote park assist.