An electrical three-row crossover SUV is coming from Kia subsequent yr as a inexperienced various to the Telluride.
Throughout a set of vast ranging interviews on the 2022 New York auto present, three Kia executives painted an image of the Korean automaker’s electrical automobile future to Motor Authority. The principle subjects had been the manufacturing model of the EV9 and an electrical pickup truck. This is what we realized.
Kia EV9 idea
The EV9 is coming to America
For the primary time since its reveal in November on the 2021 Los Angeles auto present, Kia has confirmed the EV9 idea will arrive in the usmarket in manufacturing kind. Kia America’s Chief Working Officer Steven Heart instructed MA the EV9 will want about 300 miles of vary as that is the “candy spot or minimal entry for a bigger automobile.” Past that, the chief famous that sooner or later, in case you add vary you’re simply including battery, which provides weight and has its personal damaging results.
Set to go on sale within the second half of 2023, the EV9 will probably be a three-row crossover SUV concerning the dimension of at the moment’s Telluride—which was simply refreshed for 2023—and the manufacturing model will seem like the idea, in keeping with Kia America Chief Designer Tom Kearns. Whereas the Telluride has some rounded and softer corners to its boxy form, the EV9 options laborious traces, punched-out steel, and sharp edges. Kearns instructed MA the idea’s exterior will translate 80% to 90% into manufacturing.
Kia Idea EV9
The identical cannot be mentioned for the inside of the EV9 idea. “We took extra liberties with the inside on that idea,” Kearns mentioned. Whereas the inside’s B-pillarless design will not make it to manufacturing, Karim Habib, senior vp and head of Kia’s design heart, instructed DriftBreath Experiences on the 2021 Los Angeles auto present that an electrical automobile with no B-pillar could possibly be designed to cross crash exams sooner or later.
Heart mentioned the value hole between the EV9 and Telluride will probably be much like that of the Niro EV and Niro hybrid, or EV6 and Sportage. The fashions referenced all have a couple of $15,000 value differential, which might give the EV9 a roughly $50,000 beginning value based mostly on present Telluride pricing.
The EV9 will probably be based mostly on a stretched model of the superior E-GMP platform utilized by the EV6, Heart confirmed. It will allow an 800-volt electrical structure for quick charging capabilities, together with bi-directional charging capabilities.
Kia EV teaser
The Kia pickup truck is going on
The EV9 will probably be simply one of many 14 EVs Kia plans to launch by 2027. Two of these autos will probably be electrical pickup vehicles. Heart mentioned a pickup truck may even be based mostly on the E-GMP platform, noting that the low heart of gravity created by the low-set battery pack means a pickup truck is not a dangerous factor to do. The manager mentioned the suspension will should be scaled as much as carry a heavier load, although he mentioned to start with these vehicles will probably be geared toward customers for hauling toys quite than doing work. These will not be “iconic drop a piano from the six-story constructing within the mattress of a pickup truck”-type autos, Heart mentioned.
Russell Wager, vp of promoting for Kia America, instructed MA that the electrical pickup truck will probably be a world product, and no resolution has been made whether or not it will be supplied within the U.S. market. Nevertheless, Wager famous “our vendor physique would love that.” On the identical time, the E-GMP-based electrical pickup will not be a value-oriented product just like the Ford Maverick. It’ll bear a extra premium design and will not be an entry-level automobile within the automaker’s portfolio.
“Kia is not America’s Greatest Worth. For years, we branded ourselves as America’s Greatest Worth. That is not what the model is about anymore,” Wager mentioned.