Published at: 25/11/2021
Along with introducing a progression of the design ethos that kickstarted with the EV6, Kia is promoting a sense of sustainability, with the design team pointing out that the EV9 concept is 'inspired by water.'
It's a bit of a weird statement that, isn't it? And it extends beyond the metallic blue colour the EV9 concept makes its debut in. It's all about purity, calmness and wellbeing... apparently. Kia says this H2O inspiration is shown in the use of sustainable materials; fish nets have been recycled into the flooring, while plastic bottles and recycled wool have been used in the seat fabrics. Kia also says vegan leather is used, and that it plans to phase out animal leathers in its cars going forward. The interior also has modes: Active, Pause and Enjoy. Active is the only one used while the car is moving, where all of the seats face forward; Pause is where Kia says the interior transforms into 'a first-class lounge', allowing the first- and third-row seats to move around to face eachother, with the second row falling flat into a table. Enjoy, meanwhile, opens the tailgate turns the seats around so passengers can see the environment around them.
Under the bodywork is Hyundai Motor Group's e-GMP platform, the same one used in the great EV6. Hyundai, too, is previewing an electric SUV called the Seven, which will turn into the Ioniq 7. While not all of these details will transfer to the real production EV9, expect some of those sustainability ideas to come good.