The 2024 Kia EV9 has been announced with a starting price of $54,900 for the Light RWD trim. This fully-electric SUV caught attention as it aims to disrupt the market with its affordable price for a seven-seater. It offers standard features such as 19-inch wheels, dual 12.3-inch screens, advanced driver assistance features, and support for ultra-wideband smartphone key access. The EV9 also boasts fast charging capabilities, with the ability to charge its battery from 10 to 80 percent in under 25 minutes when connected to a 350kW DC fast charger.
Compared to other three-row electric SUV options, the Kia EV9 stands out for its competitive price. The Tesla Model X and Rivian R1S, for example, are significantly more expensive. Even Tesla’s Model Y, with seven seats, is priced lower than the EV9. However, gas-powered SUVs of similar size are still available at a lower cost, such as Kia’s own 2024 Telluride. The EV9 is similar in dimensions to the Telluride and will initially ship from South Korea, but Kia plans to start assembling it in the USA next year.
Despite its attractive price, the EV9 does not currently qualify for federal tax credits due to complex new rules for foreign automakers. However, Kia hopes that after production begins at their new factory in Georgia, the EV9 will become eligible for these incentives. Additional trims in the EV9 lineup, including the Light Long Range, Wind, Land, and GT-Line, will have their prices announced at a later date.