Kia is working on a huge SUV to complement its new electric Kia EV9 vehicle lineup, and it will debut on November 11th. The upcoming arrival, dubbed the EV9 (and projected to be substantially larger than the current Kia EV6), has been teased in silhouette form in a recently published teaser.
- The EV9 looks a lot like the Kia Telluride in the teaser.
- The 800V E-GMP architecture will be used.
- Kia plans to launch three electric vehicles in India by 2024.
Kia EV9 is the electric version of the Kia Telluride.
At first glance, it resembles the Kia Telluride large SUV, which has been on the market in the United States for two years. That car’s numerical identification corresponds to its size, implying that it will be the largest member of the EV family. The timing is also logical, given that the Los Angeles Motor Show opens next week, indicating that the car will most likely be unveiled there.
Hyundai’s sibling company is also preparing to introduce a new electric SUV, which will make its premiere in Los Angeles, according to reports. The Seven concept car will have a slew of idea-specific aesthetic cues, but it’s projected to get it to production with only minor tweaks, eventually becoming the Ioniq 7.
Kia EV9 is expected to include a hybrid powertrain.
The Hyundai Motor Group’s (HMG) new E-GMP architecture will be used in both the Seven concepts and the EV9 display car. This will be used for 23 unique EVs from the HMG by 2023, after making its premiere with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Genesis GV60. It supports rear- and four-wheel-drive powertrains and can charge at 800 volts.
If Kia’s forthcoming EV9 is similar in size to the Telluride, all variations will almost certainly come with four-wheel drive. The EV6 currently has two dual-motor configurations, with power ranging from 325 horsepower in the GT-Line S AWD to 585 horsepower in the forthcoming GT range-topper, both of which would theoretically fit a large electric SUV.
Kia’s electric vehicle intentions for India
The EV9 has been previewed on Kia’s Worldwide Instagram page, indicating that, unlike the Telluride, it would not be a US-only vehicle. However, for the time being, there is no word on whether the forthcoming model will be launched in India.
Kia, on the other hand, has big plans for electric vehicles in the United States. Hyundai and Kia will jointly send six electric vehicles to India by 2024, as we previously reported. For the next three years, Kia India plans to release an electric vehicle every year, including the EV6, the e-Niro, and a low-cost variant to compete with the Tata Nexon EV “as read and reported by www.autocarindia.com”.