Best Look Yet At Kia's New Electric Telluride

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The Kia EV9 has been spotted for the first time looking very much like an electric Telluride.

First shown as a concept vehicle at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2024 Kia EV9 will be a three-row mid-size SUV with an all-electric drivetrain. Families in the United States can expect the EV9 to arrive in late 2023, but before it shows up on our shores, it's been spotted undergoing testing in prototype form. Since the final production design has not been revealed, the test mule is wearing heavy camouflaging. This is still our best look yet at what will essentially be the electric Telluride.

Though the camo is thick, we can clearly tell the EV9 will share its general shape and proportions with the gas-powered Telluride. What we can see of the headlights even look similar to the 2023 Telluride facelift.

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The EV9 is expected to be around 196 inches long and 78 inches wide, again similar to the Telluride, but around two inches taller at around 71 inches. Thanks to the electric platform, the EV9 will be incredibly spacious in all three rows. This particular test mule wears some interesting four-spoke wheels that are very different from the last wheels spotted in South Korea. These wheels look pretty cool, so we wouldn't mind seeing them on the production model.

We expect the powertrains to rival what's currently available in the smaller EV6, with a 320-horsepower dual-motor setup and a high-performance GT variant producing 577 hp. Kia has already touted the EV9 will hit 60 mph in around five seconds (likely in GT guise).

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The driving range will be around 335 miles and if that number is accurate, the EV9 will need a larger battery than the 77.4 kWh pack from the EV6. The EV9 will boast an 800-volt architecture, enabling fast charging that will add 62 miles of range in just six minutes.

This might also be the first Kia to feature the company's AutoMode, a new semi-autonomous driving suite. This system will bundle navigation-based adaptive cruise control with HD maps, Highway Driving Pilot (HDP), and auto lane changing. In 2025 through an OTA update, it may even offer full self-driving.

We are still quite far away from a full reveal, so these stats are purely speculative. When it goes on sale in 2023, we expect a price tag of at least $50,000.

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