Kia revealed the EV9 SUV, an extra-large idea EV with Soul-like angularity and an estimated vary of as much as 300 miles. Just like the beforehand unveiled EV6, the EV9 will probably be constructed on Hyundai’s new Electrical-World Modular Platform (E-GMP) that the automaker says will function the idea for a complete household of deliberate EVs. The idea made its debut on the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Present.
The EV9 could have the angles of a Soul, but it surely has the physique of a Telluride. The idea 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 huge SUVs” if it ever will get made.
With the automaker calling this the “clearest signal yet” as to what’s coming from Kia’s future lineup of EVs, it’s a superb guess that some model of the EV9 makes it into manufacturing.
E-GMP is Hyundai’s scalable electrical 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 idea. In contrast to the EV6’s refreshingly modest footprint, the EV9 appears primed to win over Telluride and Cadillac Escalade prospects with its aggressive dimensions and copious inside area.
Meaning 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 % 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.” Vehicles with out soiled inner combustion engines don’t essentially want a grille. However automakers are having a troublesome time transitioning away from standards constructed across the operate and desires of an ICE and towards one with out those self same necessities.
Kia goes within the Tesla path by eliminating the standard grille and choosing “a full body colored front that clearly conveys sustainability values.” In different phrases, it’s a virtue-signaling snout.
Regardless of its boxy form, Kia mentioned it was “inspired by water.” That wasn’t a reference to the form, although, however reasonably the outside and inside coloration pallet. Kia describes the outside paint as mimicking the “expansive depth of the ocean,” whereas the inside coloration selections are as “clear blue” because the sky.
The inside is dominated by a 27-inch central touchscreen, which is about as huge 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 unquestionably extra yoke-ish than a wheel. Kia calls it a “pop-up steering pad,” but it surely’s unclear from the renderings what goal the form serves.
Kia gained’t verify whether or not the EV9 will make it into manufacturing, but it surely appears extremely seemingly, given the South Korean automaker’s dedication to launch seven devoted battery electrics by the top of 2027 and to promote half one million battery vehicles yearly by 2026.