Kia has only just launched the 2022 EV6 but the small crossover is just one of 11 electric vehicles the automaker will have its lineup by the end of 2026.
Next in the pipeline is a rugged SUV of some sort, previewed on Wednesday at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show by the Concept EV9.
For its dedicated EVs, Kia is using a naming strategy in which the prefix “EV” is joined by a number representing the vehicle’s positioning in the lineup. Thus the Concept EV9 likely previews a vehicle that will sit at or near the top of Kia’s electric range.
The concept, and likely the production model it will spawn, is based on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform. The platform features an 800-volt electrical system, bi-directional charging, and, in the EV6 GT, offers up a meaty 576 hp and 546 lb-ft torque.
The only specs for the Concept EV9 that we have is a range of up to 300 miles and the ability to charge the battery from 10-80% in less than 30 minutes. The rapid charge is possible when using a 350-kilowatt charger.