Hyundai IONIQ 9, the New Three-row Electric SUV, Spotted Testing in the US

2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6, Kona Electric, and IONIQ 5 are one of the top fuel-efficient EVs in the US

A new Hyundai three-row electric SUV is gearing up for debut in the US market. The Hyundai IONIQ 9 was recently spotted undergoing testing in the US, hinting at its larger and bolder appearance.

The Korean automaker leads the pack in the US market with its extensive lineup of EVs, including the IONIQ 5, IONIQ 6, and Kona Electric. After experiencing a 62% surge in EV sales during the first three months of the year, Hyundai aims to maintain this momentum.

Following the record-setting performance, Hyundai Motor America CEO Randy Parker stated:

Demand for our vehicles, especially EVs, remains high.

US Department of Energy data reveals that Hyundai has six of the top ten most fuel-efficient EVs in the US, 2024. The Hyundai IONIQ 6 Long Range RWD (2024) claimed the top spot, surpassing the Lucid Air Pure with 140 MPGe.

Moreover, the revamped 2024 Kona Electric (Long Range) and IONIQ 5 (Long Range RWD) earned spots on the list.

(Source: YT/Kindel Auto)

Hyundai IONIQ 9 Testing Video

Hyundai’s strategy to maintain progress involves introducing a new, larger electric SUV that will sit above the IONIQ 5. Initially, the company planned to call it the IONIQ 7 but later renamed the three-row electric SUV the IONIQ 9.

A recent video from Kindel Auto captures the Hyundai IONIQ 9 undergoing testing. In the footage, Hyundai’s signature pixelated LED headlights, like those on the IONIQ 5/6 models, are visible. Additionally, you can observe the stacked LED rear taillights.

The Hyundai IONIQ 9 might exceed the new Kia EV9 in size, measuring 197.2 inches long, 77.9 inches wide, and 70.1 inches tall (including roof rails). A few months ago, reporters spotted the IONIQ 9 alongside a Kia EV9, noting that the former appeared slightly larger. They also observed that IONIQ 9 seemed less boxy than the EV9, with a more sloped A-pillar.

Hyundai IONIQ 9 might be manufactured at Metaplant in Georgia (Source: Hyundai)
(Source: Hyundai)

Wrapping Up

Hyundai might manufacture the IONIQ 9 at its new $7.6 billion EV Metaplant in Georgia. Once operational, Hyundai expects that EVs manufactured to be eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit.

When launched in the US market, the IONIQ 9 will rival the Kia EV9, Volvo EX90, and Rivian R1S.