Kia will pull out the wraps from the next all-electric model in its range this Thursday when it unveils the new EV9 on Thursday.
The crossover will be about the same size as the South Korean automaker’s popular Telluride, though it’s unclear whether the production version of the Kia EV9 will also be seven-seater.
The November 11 debut comes just before the formal debut of the Hyundai Seven concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17th. The Seven is expected to return to production as the Ioniq 7, Hyundai’s all-electric counterpart to the Palisade SUV.
The next step in a major launch of electric vehicles for both brands
The two brands compete fiercely in the US and other markets, but are owned by the same parent company, the Hyundai Motor group. And they developed together a platform similar to a skateboard, the E-GMP, which will be used for a wide range of upcoming battery electric vehicles.
In the case of Kia, it promised earlier this year to have 11 fully electric models in production by 2026. For its part, the largest Hyundai brand is aiming for 23 BEVs by 2025.
The rollout for both brands will begin in the coming months. Hyundai will beat its sister on the market with the Ioniq 5 crossover which goes on sale later this year. The Kia EV6. of comparable size will reach US showrooms before mid-2022.
While Hyundai and Kia have worked to further differentiate the design of their products, the EV9 and Ioniq 7 will have similar silhouettes, according to the teasers released by the two brands.
The EV9 will have a much smoother and more vertical front than the knife-edge EV6 crossover. But Kia has made it clear that its all-electric models will adopt a new design language that will largely abandon the “tiger nose” face of its current range.
As for their cabins, both the Hyundai Ioniq 7 and Kia EV9 will benefit from the benefits provided by the E-GMP platform. With batteries and motors mounted under the cargo decks, they will reuse some of the space traditionally dedicated to the engine compartment, offering even more space for passengers and freight.
They also seem to follow a similar approach in terms of design language. The Hyundai concept coming to Los Angeles will boast a “lounge setting,” the automaker said last week, and Kia could move in the same direction.
How close the concepts will be to production models is uncertain.
When it comes to transmissions, the E-GMP platform offers considerable flexibility. Both crossovers are expected to offer a choice of battery packs, with the larger options offering perhaps 300 miles or more.
They will likely be available in both single and twin engine layouts. The EV6 GT will deliver up to 546 horsepower and 576 Nm of torque. However, it’s unclear whether Kia or Hyundai would go that far with their new big family-oriented BEV crossovers.
Unlike many competitors, Hyundai uses an advanced electrical architecture that uses silicon carbide, rather than traditional silicon power chips. This allows the E-GMP platform to operate at 800, rather than 400 volts. This has numerous benefits, including faster charging times. Both Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 also offer two-way charging. This allows a motorist to draw power from the package in a field or workplace, or if a home is hit by a blackout. This feature is likely to be offered with the EV9 and Ioniq 7 as well.