It will surprise exactly zero percent of our readers that automakers have staked everything on electric SUVs and crossovers. This news continues apace, with Kia displaying a spooky picture of its upcoming EV9. Set to appear fully as a concept car within the next month, there’s a strong possibility it will share a lot with its corporate cousin Hyundai Ioniq 7.
Both of these SUVs are said to be planned for construction on the group’s E-GMP facility. This is a so-called “skateboard style” base specifically for battery electric vehicles and has apparently been designed for use with various body styles and sizes. As it is a modular platform, there is also the possibility that it will be used with fuel cell electric vehicles, on the off chance that an egghead can figure out the cheap storage or delivery of hydrogen at some point in our life. life.
Estimating the size of this EV9 is difficult as the typically obscure sketch teaser features this vehicle in a vacuum with no other landmarks. However, its naming convention points to a larger three-row model, perhaps not that different from the brand’s popular Telluride. Of course, anyone with eyes can see that the EV9 sketch features a similar boxy shape, which has paid dividends for Kia as it has seen its largest gasoline-powered SUV fly off dealer lots and trade at sums well above the price of the sticker. . However, given the E-GMP plans, don’t expect the EV9 to share too many parts with the Telluride.
It’s the latest in an onslaught of electric vehicles from Kia, with the EV6 crossover shown in the buff just last month. That vehicle, which also features the E-GMP, is expected to be offered in this country with a variety of electric propulsion options, including a supposedly good dual-engine variant for 313 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of around 3. , 5 seconds. Other versions will ship a single engine that will produce 167 or 218 electric ponies depending on the trim level. Range in models with the most robust battery packs is assumed to exceed 300 miles.
Given the EV9’s less aerodynamic silhouette, there is every chance in the world that the model doesn’t match the EV6 throttle numbers. However, a larger vehicle means space for more batteries, so range may not be affected as much as one might assume at first glance. The E-GMP platform has all kinds of electrical tricks up its sleeve, including a two-way socket from which a sufficiently charged vehicle can serve as a 3.5 kW generator for 110 and 220 volt electrical appliances or tools. This feature may not be available in all markets, but the platform can.
Kia promises to show the EV9 in more detail this Thursday 11 November on theirs global YouTube channel.
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