Kia Corp has been very busy as of late, starting to deliver on the all-electric lineup promised years ago when the automaker announced that it was going to become an all-electric automotive brand. The Kia EV6 is just the start of electric vehicles (EVs) to soon make up the majority of the lineup, if not a large percentage. According to the Kia Corp Plan S Strategy, at least 11 EVs should be released by 2025, but that semiconductor chip shortage is affecting everybody. How any automaker can keep up with the increasing demand for EVs and green solutions is a mystery, but Kia Corp charges forth with an EV SUV and a new favorite on the horizon.
Following the EV6, and how can you top that? The South Korean automaker has already announced that an electrified version of the subcompact Seltos crossover is already on the timeline for the next EV to join the lineup, set to launch in 2022. Perhaps this is Kia Corp tinkering around with the E-GMP platform that made the EV6 possible. First, we start with an electric large car – not quite small enough to be a sedan, it’s more or less a hatchback. That makes perfect sense then to slowly move the size of the vehicle up by first adopting the new platform for a small crossover. One would say the next one on the list should be a full crossover or small SUV, but inside sources say a full-size SUV is planned to debut for the 2023 or 2024 model year.
Now that’s quite a jump. No names have been decided, rumors say “EV7” or “EV8”, but that’s purely speculation looking for a pattern with the EV6 moniker. The same sources are also claiming this electric SUV could be similar in size as the extremely popular Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the lineup. That would mean a large all-electric SUV with three rows of seats, lots of cargo space, and plenty of configurations. Can Kia Corp really do that?
No prototypes for the moment, it’s solely a concept right now with all the details being worked out. If the automaker is really planning to jump from a hatchback to a large SUV, will the E-GMP be able to fit the bill? When first revealed, the Hyundai Motor Group, the collective Kia Corp is a part of, stated that the new platform can be used in sedans, SUVs and crossovers, and even high-performance models. We’ve definitely seen proof of the latter in the EV6 with the GT-Line model, able to generate 545 lb-ft of torque and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. It’s right up there with muscle cars in terms of performance – wonder what a larger engine to power a larger vehicle can do.The standard model is said to have an output of 308 horsepower with a 100-kWh battery pack, able to get over 300 miles of range. Anyone following Tesla would know these specs share a lot of similarities with the Tesla Model X. Well, healthy competition is always the name of the game, and with the Model X starting at about $90k, we can imagine Kia Corp is going to win this round, when a Kia Telluride with all the options and upgrades just goes a bit over $50k. Keep up with the news on Kia Corp’s new EVs when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall Kia social media. You can also find the much talked about Kia Telluride on the lot at Miami Lakes Automall.
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