Video: 2023 Kia EV9 electric SUV leaks online

The Kia’s EV9 global reveal is fast approaching, though leaked footage has all but shown off what the production-ready electric SUV will look like.

The upcoming Kia EV9 electric SUV has been spied without camouflage for the first time, ahead of its global debut in the coming months.

In a video uploaded to social media platform Instagram, ‘nacional.collector’ shared the first look at the EV9 in production form – with the electric SUV seemingly identical to the concept (top) and prototype Kia has shown off in the past.

The bold aerodynamic wheels which featured on the Kia EV9 concept SUV look set to remain on the production-ready vehicle, though the reverse-hinge rear doors appear to have been replaced by a more traditional design.

While the Kia EV9’s front and rear bumpers are redesigned from those previously shown in camouflage by the South Korean car-maker, US publication Carscoops reports the SUV in the footage could be a GT-Line or GT grade – backed up by previously leaked information.

In January 2023, a customer survey in the US provided a first glimpse into what to expect from the Kia EV9, including details about the flagship grade – expected to be equipped with black 21-inch wheels, black trim and 10mm more ground clearance than other variants.

The information also detailed the Kia EV9’s projected pricing and power outputs, with the line-up ranging from a single-motor 149kW/339Nm variant – priced from $US56,000 ($AU79,600) – to the range-topping dual-motor, 298kW/651Nm grade, expected to start from $US73,000 ($AU103,750).

In August 2022, Kia confirmed the EV9 would make its global debut in the first quarter of 2023 (January to March inclusive), with leaked company information suggesting the electric SUV will enter production in April 2023.

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