Kia revealed the EV9 SUV, an extra-large concept EV with Soul-like angularity and an estimated vary of as much as 300 miles. Just like the beforehand unveiled EV6, the EV9 can be constructed on Hyundai’s new Electric-World Modular Platform (E-GMP) that the automaker says will function the premise for a whole household of deliberate EVs. The concept made its debut on the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Present.
The EV9 might have the angles of a Soul, nevertheless it has the physique of a Telluride. The concept SUV measures 194 inches in size, 81 inches in width, 70 inches in top, and has a wheelbase of 122 inches. That’s taller, longer, and wider than the Kia Telluride and positively would fall into the class of “dangerously large SUVs” if it ever will get made.
The EV9 might have the angles of a Soul, nevertheless it has the physique of a Telluride
With the automaker calling this the “clearest sign but” as to what is coming from Kia’s future lineup of EVs, it’s a good guess that some model of the EV9 makes it into manufacturing.
E-GMP is Hyundai’s scalable electric structure that underpins the upcoming Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Genesis GV60, in addition to the not too long ago unveiled (and equally ginormous) Hyundai Seven concept. Not like the EV6’s refreshingly modest footprint, the EV9 appears primed to win over Telluride and Cadillac Escalade clients with its aggressive dimensions and copious inside area.
Which means it’ll even have the identical 800-volt structure as these different EVs, permitting it to just accept DC quick charging at speeds as much as 350 kilowatts. Just like the Hyundai Seven, Kia says the EV9’s battery can cost from 10–80 p.c in 20 to half-hour.
The Kia EV9 sports activities a reinterpretation of the automaker’s nostril grille, which it calls its “iconic Tiger Face facade.” Automobiles with out soiled inside combustion engines don’t essentially want a grille. However automakers are having a tough time transitioning away from standards constructed across the perform and desires of an ICE and towards one with out those self same necessities.
Kia is going within the Tesla course by getting rid of the standard grille and choosing “a full physique coloured entrance that clearly conveys sustainability values.” In different phrases, it’s a virtue-signaling snout.
Regardless of its boxy form, Kia mentioned it was “impressed by water.” That wasn’t a reference to the form, although, however relatively the outside and inside shade pallet. Kia describes the outside paint as mimicking the “expansive depth of the ocean,” whereas the inside shade selections are as “clear blue” because the sky.
Regardless of its boxy form, Kia mentioned it was “impressed by water”
The inside is dominated by a 27-inch central touchscreen, which is about as extensive because it will get in SUVs at present. And the steering wheel, whereas not a full yoke just like the Tesla Mannequin S Plaid, is undoubtedly extra yoke-ish than a wheel. Kia calls it a “pop-up steering pad,” nevertheless it’s unclear from the renderings what function the form serves.
Kia received’t affirm whether or not the EV9 will make it into manufacturing, nevertheless it appears extremely seemingly, given the South Korean automaker’s dedication to launch seven devoted battery electrics by the tip of 2027 and to promote half a million battery vehicles yearly by 2026.