Kia Concept EV9: the next electric step for Kia previewed

Published: 17 November 2021

► Kia Concept EV9 arrives at LA motor show
► Configurable interior has different modes
► Previews new EV9 SUV due in 2023

Kia has revealed its 2021 LA motor show star: the Concept EV9. As the name suggests, it previews an all-electric SUV called EV9, following in the footsteps (tyre marks?) of the EV6 hatchback that recently went on sale.

Along with introducing a progression of the design ethos that kickstarted with the EV6, Kia is promoting a sense of sustainability, with the design team pointing out that the EV9 concept is 'inspired by water.'

kia ev9 side

What does THAT mean?

It's a bit of a weird statement that, isn't it? And it extends beyond the metallic blue colour the EV9 concept makes its debut in. It's all about purity, calmness and wellbeing... apparently. Kia says this H2O inspiration is shown in the use of sustainable materials; fish nets have been recycled into the flooring, while plastic bottles and recycled wool have been used in the seat fabrics. Kia also says vegan leather is used, and that it plans to phase out animal leathers in its cars going forward.

kia ev9 interior

The interior also has modes: Active, Pause and Enjoy. Active is the only one used while the car is moving, where all of the seats face forward; Pause is where Kia says the interior transforms into 'a first-class lounge', allowing the first- and third-row seats to move around to face eachother, with the second row falling flat into a table. Enjoy, meanwhile, opens the tailgate turns the seats around so passengers can see the environment around them.

Spare me any more marketing guff...

In all seriousness, while this large SUV concept is full of concept car ideas, a real production version will happen in the next year or two.

kia ev9 rear

Under the bodywork is Hyundai Motor Group's e-GMP platform, the same one used in the great EV6. Hyundai, too, is previewing an electric SUV called the Seven, which will turn into the Ioniq 7. While not all of these details will transfer to the real production EV9, expect some of those sustainability ideas to come good.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches