Hyundai and Kia preview compelling three-row EVs coming to US in 2024

Enlarge / The Kia EV9 concept uses pixelated headlights that Hyundai and Kia designers have grown fond of in recent years. (credit: Kia)

Amidst the slew of new electric vehicles that have been introduced in the last few years, one thing has been largely missing: a third row. SUVs and crossovers with room for more than five passengers are wildly popular, but if you don’t want to burn fossil fuels, your options have been limited.

Hyundai and Kia have plans to change that, though. In advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show, which starts tomorrow, the two companies each unveiled concepts that hint at all-new, three-row electric SUVs bound for the US in 2024. Hyundai teased the Ioniq Seven, the second model in a new electric-only sub-brand it’s launching. Meanwhile, Kia gave us a peek at the EV9, a boxy big brother to the curvy EV6.

Hyundai’s Ioniq Seven concept has design cues from the Prophecy concept, particularly in the rake of the windshield. (credit: Hyundai)

In keeping with recent Hyundai and Kia designs, the two vehicles look quite different, despite being based on the same E-GMP platform. Yet they share enough details to feel part of the same family.

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