Kia Teases The Electric Telluride

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Kia will preview the electric Telluride with the Concept EV9.

Kia's EV plans are ambitious, to say the least. By 2026, the Korean automaker's EV lineup will expand beyond the EV6 to include as many as 11 fully electric models - and one of them will be previewed this week. In just a few days, Kia will reveal a new electric concept called the Concept EV9 during its "Kia Sustainability Movement" conference previewing a new production EV. The event will be streamed online on November 11 at 3pm EST.

Details are scarce, as all we have to go on is a shadowy teaser image previewing the concept's boxy silhouette. From what we can tell, the electric SUV concept looks similar in size to the Kia Telluride.

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If this is the electric equivalent of the Telluride, the concept could have three rows of seats, but it's difficult to tell from the shadowy teaser.

Kia has already confirmed its dedicated electric cars will be named EV1-EV9. This nomenclature suggests the production EV9 will be the company's top-of-the-range flagship electric SUV. Like all dedicated Kia EVs, the EV9 concept will be underpinned by Hyundai Group's Electric-Global Modular Platform. No technical specifications have been released, but the platform-sharing Kia EV6 produces 576 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque in its range-topping GT guise.

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A long-range 77-kWh battery offers up to 316 miles of range on a single charge based on the WLTP cycle. Expect the larger and heavier EV9 to have a shorter range, however.

Kia promises to discuss its "commitment to a more sustainable future" during the Sustainability Movement conference, so we should find out more about the manufacturer's future EV plans later this week. It's no coincidence that Hyundai will also unveil a new large luxury electric SUV concept at the LA Auto Show less than a week later on November 17. Dubbed the Seven, Hyundai's concept will preview the Ioniq 7 full-size electric SUV that will complement the Kia EV9 and enable the Hyundai Group to compete with the Tesla Model X, Mercedes EQS SUV, and BMW iX7.

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