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Testing the 2024 Kia EV9 in Korea

Rather than wait for our most anticipated EV of 2023 to arrive, I headed to Kia's homeland to test the upcoming 2024 EV9.

Antuan Goodwin
Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
Antuan Goodwin
2024 Kia EV9 pre-production first drive
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The 2024 Kia EV9 is our most anticipated new EV for 2023, so I jumped at the opportunity to take an early spin in Kia's homeland.

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The three-row SUV blends the best parts of the gasoline-powered Kia Telluride and the automaker's award-winning EV6 crossover before adding a few new tricks of its own.

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Rear-wheel drive is standard, but my example featured dual-motor all-wheel drive.

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Kia is targeting a 300-mile range when equipped with the larger 99.8 kWh battery and a single motor.

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The EV9 is roughly the size of the Telluride, but its electric platform imbues it with a longer wheelbase and more interior volume.

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At its most potent, the dual-motor configuration boasts 379 horsepower (283 kW) and 516 pound-foot of torque.

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Check out our first drive review of the 2024 Kia EV9 for more details and driving impressions.

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