Kia’s All-Electric EV9 Emerges as Finalist for the 2024 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™

    The All-Electric Kia EV9 Named Finalist for 2024 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the all-electric Kia EV9 was named as a finalist in the competition for 2024 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ by the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) jury[1]. The EV9 was evaluated by 50 third-party jurors and named one of three finalists from among nine semi-finalists.

    The all-electric EV9 embodies a rugged yet sophisticated appearance befitting a flagship SUV. Its boxy, triangular Opposites United design language emphasizes the tension of its short overhangs and long wheelbase, pushed to the corners over the modular E-GMP electric underpinnings. The EV9 is the second Kia model based on the E-GMP platform and the first to feature fourth-generation battery technology designed for improved energy density. The EV9 offers a choice of two powertrain options, with a standard 76.1-kWh battery with a 160-kW (215-hp) motor that drives the rear wheels, and an optional 99.8-kWh battery available in a single-motor configuration (201-hp) or a dual-motor, 283-kW (379-hp) all-wheel-drive configuration. The two battery sizes yield five variants: Light (short-range or long-range), Wind, Land, GT-Line.

    Set to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2023, the EV9 is the brand’s flagship vehicle. With a starting MSRP of $54,900[2] (excluding destination charges), the EV9 Light RWD comes standard with DC fast-charging capability, seating for up to seven passengers, 19-inch alloy wheels, and an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat[3] with heating[4] and ventilation. It is also rated at an EPA-estimated all-electric range of 230 miles[5]. Assembly of the EV9 is scheduled to move to the state-of-the-art Kia facility in West Point, Georgia in 2024.

    The winner of the 2024 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ will be announced on January 4, 2024.

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    Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top automotive quality surveys. Kia is recognized as one of the TIME100 Most Influential Companies of 2023. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a range of gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles sold through a network of over 775 dealers in the U.S., including several cars and SUVs proudly assembled in America*.

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    * The K5, Sportage, Sorento, and Telluride (excludes HEV and PHEV models) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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