The Kia EV9 SUV will arrive in Canadian dealerships next month, starting at an iZEV-rebate-eligible $59,995
Canadian drivers waiting for Kia’s first fully electric three-row SUV can grab their credit cards with a little more clarity this week.
On Nov. 6, Kia Canada announced that the EV9 SUV will arrive in Canadian dealerships next month. The base price of the vehicle is $59,995, which makes it eligible for the federal iZEV rebate incentive as well as various provincial rebates where offered.
Kia also announced four additional configurations of the EV9 — differing in design, range capacity and motor configuration — that run from $62,995 to nearly $79,000.
“This competitive price and array of options will give Canadians the opportunity to choose what best suits their lifestyle,” said Elias El-Achhab, vice-president and COO of Kia Canada, in a press release.
Kia first released the EV9 SUV in Korea in June. The vehicle was previously showcased to North American buyers at the New York International Auto Show in April.
Kia Canada started taking reservations for the EV9 in July, but paused bookings in the fall due to high demand.
Range and other specs
The EV9 is the second Kia model to feature Hyundai’s Electric Global Modular Platform, a battery electric vehicle platform that was initially developed in 2021.
The EV9 is also the first vehicle to use fourth-generation battery technology designed for improved energy density and will have a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, Kia said.
Kia has named the different EV9 models after earth elements: Light, Wind and Land.
The base model is the Light. It has rear-wheel drive, a 76.1 kWh battery and single motor. It has a range of 370 kilometres.
The other four configurations are all powered by a larger, 99.8 kWh battery, as follows:
- The Wind has RWD, a single motor and, with the larger battery, a range of up to 489 km.
- The Land is a dual-motor vehicle with all-wheel drive. Both the base model and the Land with Premium Package have a range of 451 km. The Land with a GT-Line package, the most expensive configuration, has a range of just 435 km.
“The GT-Line includes 21-inch light weight alloy wheels, a bridge-type roof rail, dark-coloured belt line molding, gloss black side mirrors,” Kia wrote in the press release.
The AWD dual-motor versions of the EV9 have 379 horsepower and 516 pound-foot of torque.
The EV9 can also go from a 10 to 80 per cent charge in less than 25 minutes on high-speed DC chargers.
Ahead of its Canadian release, Kia is hoping that the multiple models and price points will make it easier for consumers to purchase.
“Being the first mass market to brand to introduce a three-row, all-electric SUV, we wanted it to be innovative and remarkable, but also accessible,” El-Achhab said.