Last week during AutoMobility LA, Kia Motors hinted at expanding its upcoming all-electric offerings with the unveiling of the Kia EV9 SUV concept.

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With the EV6 crossover already hitting the market in January 2022, the EV9 is an electric response to the company’s three-row Telluride SUV.

The EV9’s design draws from the pillars of Kia’s “Opposites United” philosophy, emphasizing on clear and simple lines that according to the automaker are designed to evoke feelings of serenity, calmness and well-being. This is in direct contrast to the rugged exterior and interior design of the current generation Telluride.

The Kia’s distinctive nose has been revamped for the EV era. The EV9 concept features a front air vent design that is similar to the EV6.

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Vertical daytime running lamps don the corners. On the front, they are paired with a star cloud pattern display.

Roof rails are retractable when not in use, via the push of a button.

The traditional wing mirrors have been replaced with camera monitoring systems.

The company says that the concept SUV has a range of up to 300 miles. It is expected to take 20 to 30 minutes to charge from 10 percent to 80 percent.

The cabin of the EV9 features a panoramic roof over the simple interior design to showcase the size of the space.

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All media, climate control and comfort functions are handled through a 27-inch wide display. The designers treated the steering wheel as an extension of the rest of the interior, rather than a separate product.

The Concept EV comes with three selectable modes for the interior. An active mode focuses on giving an optimum riding experience to all passengers.

When the vehicle is stationary, passengers can enable Pause or Enjoy mode. Pause mode rotates the first row seats so that they face the third row while the second row seats fold down, converting into a table.

Enjoy Mode folds the third row seats back in what the company calls “breakout space”, opening the tailgate so that passengers can be carried into their surroundings.

To recover some of the energy used by the SUV, a hood vent duct area is used as a solar panel.

The EV9 concept is on display at Automobility LA and the LA Auto Show until November 28.