The Kia/Hyundai siblings have been doing some excellent design work in the past few years, with the brands’ EV offerings being especially striking. The current Kia EV lineup includes the small Niro EV, and the sleek and novel EV6. A full-size SUV EV is clearly the gaping hole in Kia’s electric lineup, and that’s the role the EV9 is meant to fill. It’s supposed to be announced tomorrow, but the internet is an impatient beast, so pictures of the EV9 have leaked, showing a sleek, geometrically-faceted design with a lot of nice details, including some very strong graphical lighting designs — something modern Kia has excelled at. Let’s take a good look at these pics we’re not really supposed to be seeing just yet, because it’s more fun that way.
[Edit: OFFICIAL PHOTOS/DETAILS HERE].
You can see the pics in a number of places online already, including Car Design World’s Instagram:
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We’re almost certain these photos are legit, as we have a trained eye for press images. The interior shot below really gives it away, though we’re emailing Kia to confirm, just to be sure.
The EV9 looks pretty large, though its bulk is broken up nicely with the polygonal surfacing on the wide fenders, like it was rendered on a Nintendo 64, and the dramatic pinch in between the wheelarches. The D-pillar is a sort of triangular sail, disconnected from the floating roof, which extends far rearward, kind of like a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural roof cantilever.
The wheelarches are sort of rounded-off half-octagons, and details like door handles appear quite hidden. The wheel design here is interesting, a sort of inset square into the round wheel, and the taillights are bold and dramatic, arcing and forking over the back like crimson lightning.
A detail-shot of the front light unit shows a lot of vertically-set square LEDs, with another lightining-like strake that forms the DRL and possibly turn indicator as well. This all fits with the teaser graphic image of the lighting graphic Kia showed a bit ago:
Kia has been really bringing it to the lighting design space lately; what’s interesting to note here is that a lot of those inner “L” shaped lights must be hidden behind the plastic panel at the front of the car, shining through the semi-translucent plastic. That’s very slick.
The interior is minimalistic, clean, and pretty damn grayscale. I hope they decide to have some options for color in there. We don’t all want to live in an Ansel Adams print, Kia. One long LCD screen seems to form the instrument cluster and the center stack.
The EV9 will be a three-row, likely with 7 and 8-passenger layouts. I expect we’ll learn a lot more about the EV9 tomorrow, but until then, it’s nice to get a little sneak peek.
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