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The new Kia Concept EV9 Revealed at the LAAS is the Electric Telluride

Kia’s Concept EV9 is a 3-row all-electric SUV loaded with technology, features, and range

  • The EV was just revealed ’s range is 300 miles.

  • It will be capable of 350-kW charging speeds.

  • It’s about 10mm shorter than the Telluride but its wheelbase is 20mm longer.

Kia’s hitting the iron while it’s smoldering. Hot on the heels of the recently launched EV6, they’ve now introduced the Concept EV9 which is nothing short of the perfect 3-row all-electric family SUV.

Kia Concept EV9 | Photo: Kia

As expected from any member of the Hyundai Motor Group, the EV9’s design is bold. Most striking are the SUV’s 22-inch wheels which complement the SUV’s hypergeometric appearance. Its styling is inspired by the “Bold for Nature” design pillar of Kia’s new Opposites United design philosophy. From all angles, the Concept EV9 is wild, strong, and adventurous. Curves on the body are few and far between as nearly all lines are straight, horizontal, or upright.

Concretely, the Kia Concept EV9 measures 4,930mm in length, 2,055mm in width, 1,790mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 3,100mm. In contrast, the Telluride is 5,000mm long, 1,990mm wide, 1,759mm high, and sports a 2,900mm long wheelbase. Based on these numbers, the EV9 will deliver a larger cabin than the Telluride.

Kia Concept EV9 | Photo: Kia

“The Kia Concept EV9 is yet another important marker for us in what has been an incredible journey since the start of the year. Having made our intentions clear – to become a global leader in sustainable mobility solutions – today we are proud to show the world our all-electric SUV concept, which fuses together an advanced zero-emissions powertrain, a cutting-edge exterior design, and a contemporary and innovative tech-based interior space,” said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center.

The cabin is full of light and promotes wellbeing. The all-encompassing DLO panoramic sky roof allows light to flow in and highlight the carefully crafted interior space. Of the many innovative features, the Concept EV9 is fitted with an interactive 27-inch ultra-wide display and a cool steering wheel or, as Kia calls it, a pop-up steering pad, that is an extension of the dashboard.

Kia Concept EV9 | Photo: Kia

The Kia Concept EV9 offers three interior modes that capture different journey situations and requirements. They are Active, Pause, and Enjoy. The latter two allow the cabin to be configured into a lounge of sorts where the 2nd row can fold into a table or by facing all three rows towards the rear to enjoy that open-air sensation.

Kia has not divulged details on the Concept EV9’s powertrain but does specify that it will offer up to 300 miles of range. The battery will be capable of handling 350-kW charging speeds enabling a 10-80% charge in 20 to 30 minutes.

Kia Concept EV9 | Photo: Kia

Kia Concept EV9 | Photo: Kia

Kia Concept EV9 | Photo: Kia

Kia Concept EV9 | Photo: Kia

Kia Concept EV9 | Photo: Kia

Kia Concept EV9 | Photo: Kia

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