And here's what it might look like.
Kia has big plans for an electric future. After teasing nine upcoming EV models with darkened silhouettes, the Korean automaker then announced that by 2026 it would have 11 electric cars in its arsenal. This week, Kia revealed the EV6 and after we found some leaked trademark filings, it appears Kia plans to use EV1 up to EV9 for its new range of EVs.
During the big announcement earlier this year, one of the silhouettes (pictured below) looked suspiciously like the 2021 Kia Telluride. Which got us thinking. Perhaps one of the upcoming electric models, likely the EV9, will be a three-row mid-size SUV akin to the Telluride? Pictured below is our interpretation of what that might look like.
Our design is based on the Telluride but with obvious design cues taken from the EV6. We kept the Telluride's signature rectangular headlights with orange LED running lights but shrank the grille since it no longer needs to cool an engine. It still features Kia's signature Tiger Nose grille shape, though it now features a more minimal design to suit the EV9's all-electric powertrain.
To maximize the range, the Telluride will likely sacrifice its stylish wheels to favor a more aerodynamic design befitting of an EV. Of course, the EV9 will obviously sport Kia's new logo announced at the start of 2021. We decided to mount the aforementioned logo on the hood rather than the grille, copying Kia's designers on the EV6.
We expect the EV9 to ride on an expanded version of the E-GMP platform that underpins the EV6. The EV6 comes with single or dual-motor setups, producing 215 or 302 horsepower, respectively. In a Telluride-sized vehicle, we'd expect a minimum of 302 hp and all-wheel-drive to be included as standard. Kia has not indicated its reveal schedule, so we have no way of knowing when the EV9 will officially debut.