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Auto Expo 2023: Kia unveils EV9 concept, 4th gen Carnival, and more 

Highlights

  • The manufacturer also revealed a version of the Kia Carens designed for healthcare and police personnel
  • Kia did not reveal the hardware specifications of the EV9 concept
  • The company did say that the upcoming EV should run for 483km on a full battery

Kia Motors currently sells the premium EV6 electric car in India and has considered expanding its portfolio for a while now. In this spirit, the company has taken the wraps off the EV9 concept at the ongoing 2023 Auto Expo, as we reported late last month.

Kia India’s CEO and MD, Tae Jin Park, spoke about the company’s plans for India, which include the release of a “specially designed” Made in India EV. While there’s no fixed timeline for the arrival of this automobile, Park told attendees that Kia would launch up to 14 EVs by 2027, with the India-centric EV being among them.

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The automaker also revealed the Kia KA4, touted as the 4th gen Kia Carnival. Another interesting announcement from the company was police and ambulance versions of the Kia Carens (pictured below).

Kia EV9 features

Despite showing off the attractive new concept EV, Kia didn’t divulge hardware-related information about the EV. Thankfully, the company was kind enough to reveal that the electric SUV will be able to run for up to 483 km on a full charge.

The automaker has also outfitted solar panels on the EV9, which also has a part to play in juicing up the vehicle. Moreover, the onboard battery will support DC fast charging (350kW), helping the EV recharge from 10 to 80% in half an hour

As one would expect, the Kia EV9 concept is also pretty lengthy at 4,928mm and has a wheelbase of 3,099mm. Lastly, its height is rated to be 1,778mm, while the width is 2,057mm. It’s hard to tell if any of these preliminary specifications will make it to the production version of the EV9.

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