The Kia EV9 will be a 3-row electric SUV about the same size as the Telluride
It will be related to the upcoming Hyundai IONIQ 7
The concept previews the styling direction of the production model
Kia released images of its EV9 concept ahead of its official launch during the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.
This concept previews a future electric 3-row SUV that will likely wear the same name. This model will act as an electrified counterpart to the Kia Telluride.
It will be related to the Hyundai IONIQ 7, which will also be previewed shortly by the SEVEN concept.
The images show a vehicle that is obviously not intended for production, but it is indicative of the general styling direction that will be followed by Kia.
The SUV is blocky and has a square shape that resembles that of the current Telluride while the headlamps are made of an LED strip that runs vertically along the edge of the front fascia, on each side, with square specks of light going towards the middle.
The rear end shows very delicate taillamps that run next to the rear window, from the roof down to below the window, before following the curves of the body, similar to those on Volvo wagons.
The side profile shows strong wheel arches that are very angular and a distinctive 3 spoke design for the wheels.
No details regarding the mechanical elements have been revealed, but since the EV9 will be built on the same platform as the EV6, it could also share the 77.4 kWh battery and dual motor setup of the smaller car.
The EV9 could also be offered in RWD form and its range could be in the region of 450 kilometers (280 miles), while the dual motor version is likely to average around 400 kilometers (249 miles).