Subaru, Hyundai, Kia Prepare to Debut New All-Electric SUVs 

Published November 19, 2021 by Elizabeth Jeneault

Subaru, Hyundai, and Kia are preparing to debut new all-electric SUVs at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. Subaru is set to debut its first-ever all-electric vehicle, the 2023 Subaru Solterra SUV. Also making debuts at the upcoming auto show is the Hyundai Motor Group, which has promised an onslaught of new EVs from its brands in the years to come. Kia will be debuting the EV9 Concept and Hyundai is set to debut its SEVEN concept at the upcoming auto show. Both are all-electric SUVs. 


We’re sharing all of the details that we know so far about these vehicles with you below. Continue reading to learn more! 


2023 Subaru Solterra

The 2023 Subaru Solterra was named by combining the Latin words for “Sun” and “Earth.” It’s built on the e-Subaru Global Platform, a new all-electric vehicle architecture. 


“The Solterra EV brings the Subaru brand’s trusted reliability, state-of-the-art safety technology, and legendary all-wheel-drive engineering to an environmentally responsible all-electric SUV,” writes Subaru. 


Subaru also says that its new all-electric SUV represents the natural evolution of Subaru all-weather, all-road performance. It goes on sale in 2022 and will officially debut at the L.A. auto show on November 17.


Subaru’s all-new Solterra SUV features standard symmetrical all-wheel drive and plenty of ground clearance that help make it ready for all your adventures. 


Subaru also says its 2023 Solterra SUV is the most technologically advanced Subaru yet. 


“Solterra is quiet, spacious and comfortably equipped with all the cabin technology you need for a modern SUV,” writes Subaru on its website. 


Similar to Subaru’s other vehicles, the all-new Solterra comes loaded with advanced safety features. Subaru is also proud to point out how 96% of the vehicles the brand has sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today.


The all-new 2023 Subaru Solterra will make its official debut at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17 at 10:45 a.m. PT. The event will be livestreamed. 


Kia Concept EV9

Kia is teasing its Concept EV9 ahead of the L.A. auto show. Some of the first official images released of the all-electric SUV concept show a bold and boxy, yet ultramodern and sleek exterior. Interior images show state-of-the-art technology, including an adaptive and smart lounge space. 


Kia says it’s an all-electric SUV concept that embodies the company’s commitment to become a sustainable mobility solutions provider. 


The concept vehicle follows the all-new 2022 Kia EV6 crossover, the brand’s first dedicated EV. 


“Following the launch of EV6, the Kia Concept EV9 is an intriguing glimpse into the future direction of the all-electric SUV, combining progressive design, state-of-the-art tech, and an advanced all-electric powertrain in one pioneering package,” writes Kia on its website. 


Kia’s “Plan S” strategy is to deliver 11 all-new electrified models across the world by 2026. 


We’re particularly interested in seeing more of the Concept EV9’s interior. 


“The renderings illustrate a highly conceptual cabin that has been honed to give the driver and passengers a light, flexible and adaptive interior space as the experience of the journey evolves,” writes Kia about the Concept EV9’s interior. “A stunning interactive ultra-wide display and a radical new take on the traditional steering wheel are just two of the standout interior features.” 


Kia will fully unveil its Concept EV9 at 11:15 a.m. on November 17 at the L.A. Convention Center. 


Hyundai SEVEN Concept  

Hyundai is also set to reveal a new all-electric SUV concept at the L.A. auto show. The Hyundai 

SEVEN concept previews design and technology innovations of Hyundai Motor’s upcoming all-electric SUV, which people expect to be named the IONIQ 7. It will follow the IONIQ 5 compact crossover that reaches dealerships early next year, as well as the IONIQ 6 sedan that will arrive after that. 


The SEVEN concept is essentially the corporate sister to the Kia Concept EV9. The vehicles are expected to have similar pricing.


Hyundai Motor North America President and CEO Jose Munoz says Hyundai will be introducing 23 battery electric vehicles across the globe by 2025. The production version of this SEVEN concept is expected to be the new electric flagship for the brand, just as the EV9 will be for Kia. 


“The teased images reveal a form following function design that dares to diverge from traditions of the internal combustion engine era,” writes Hyundai in a press release. “SEVEN’s lighting architecture is defined by Parametric Pixels, IONIQ’s unique design identity connecting analog with digital emotions.” 


The teaser images also show an interior that looks like a sophisticated mid-century modern living room. It has a warm and inviting feel. 


“SEVENs interior suggests a premium and personalized lounge ambience, deepening the space innovation that Hyundai Motor has shown with IONIQ 5,” writes Hyundai. “Furnishings trimmed in sustainable materials offer a refined, eco-friendly mobility experience that reflects the changing lifestyles of its customers.” 


Hyundai will fully debut its all-electric SEVEN concept during the L.A. auto show at 9:55 a.m. on November 17. It will remain on display from November 19 to the 28 for the general public to view. You’ll be able to watch the livestream online. 


Our Take 


Considering how popular the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are, it is a smart move on the Hyundai Motor Group’s part to add these new three-row electric SUV flagships. We’re looking forward to learning more about the concept vehicles at the upcoming L.A. auto show, including which features and design aspects will ultimately make it to the production versions.


We’re also looking forward to learning more about the 2023 Subaru Solterra. As Subaru’s first all-electric vehicle, there’s a lot riding on it. Subaru also says it’s the most technologically advanced Subaru yet, so there’s that aspect of the all-electric vehicle to look forward to. 


Again, all three vehicles will debut on November 17. What do you think of them? 

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