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Hyundai Ioniq 7 electric SUV to be high on space & road presence [Update]

The Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 will be followed by a new flagship Hyundai electric vehicle called the Ioniq 7. During the launch of the Ioniq 5 in the US market, the company said that the Hyundai Ioniq 7 SUV will be launched in 2024, following the launch of the Ioniq 6 sedan in 2022.

Speaking at the Ioniq 5 launch, Jose Munoz, President, and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America, said that confirmed that the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will be a three-row fully electric mid-size SUV

The launch of the Ioniq 5 compact CUV will be followed by the stunning Ioniq 6 mid-size sedan in next year, which subsequently will be followed by the three-row mid-size SUV Ioniq 7 in 2024. This is just the beginning, for Hyundai will be introducing 23 battery electric vehicles across the globe by 2025.

Jose Munoz, President, and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America

Render of the Hyundai Ioniq 7
S.Korean automotive designer Kyuseo Choi’s rendering of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 electric SUV.

Announcing the Ioniq brand for the future Hyundai electric vehicles and its initial line-up in August 2020, Hyundai had revealed that the Ioniq 7 would be a large SUV. Like the other Ioniqs, it will use the new platform developed exclusively for next-gen Hyundai Motor Group electric vehicles – E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform). It underpins future Kia EVs (including the Kia EV6) and the first Genesis EV, the GV60 (codename: Genesis JW) that will be launched this year globally.

E-GMP will allow HMG to offer Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis EVs with a system voltage of 800 volts and 350 kW rapid-charging support.

Design

In terms of design, the front of the Ioniq 7 should feature a full-width light bar that sits atop the Parametric Pixel LEDs. The Ioniq 7 SUV will be muscular by nature and the high front-end will make it quite different from the 5 & 6 models which sit lower to the ground. This will also allow for a significant amount of storage space in the front (‘frunk’) as a combustion engine doesn’t have to be accommodated anymore.

The Ioniq 7 will be previewed by a concept first, which peeks out in teasers released by the company in 2020. Each of the Hyundai Ioniq EVs will have a design completely different design. Readers can see the large SUV’s concept version featuring a boxy body that gives it an upright stance and overall a very assertive character. There’s also a clamshell bonnet, full-width LED DRL stripe, and likely tall pixelated headlamps with an L-shape signature on the outer ends. The production version would be a three-row electric SUV (confirmed) likely with 6- and 7-seat seating options offering best-in-class knee room and headroom.

Hyundai Ioniq 7 teaser
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 concept (behind) gets pixelated LED headlights covering most of its front end and would be the next step in the brand’s ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design. Image: Hyundai

The Ioniq 7 was somehow hinted even during the online presentation of the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP architecture back in December 2020. In this presentation, an outline of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 was showed as a suspended art in the form of a silhouette, during the explanation of the platform layout and its possible configurations across segments.

Specifications

As revealed by Hyundai during the launch of Ioniq 5 (reported by Carscoops), the company plans to use a 100 kWh battery pack that can deliver a range of 300 miles (483 km) in the Ioniq 7 (EPA-estimated). Drivetrain layout choices will include two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and the AWD configurations will have two motors producing a net power of 230 kW (313 PS/308 bhp). A ground clearance of more than 8 inches is expected for the Ioniq 7.

Hyundai won’t be ready with solid-state battery technology for mass production before 2027. However, the company does plan to improve the energy density of its current Lithium-ion battery cells from early 600 Wh/L to mid-700 Wh/L in 2025. The Ioniq 7 would be among the first models to benefit from the new version of Lithium-ion batteries, which are sourced from SK Innovation – Hyundai’s partner for EV battery packs over ten years now.

Hyundai EV battery technology roadmap
Hyundai will use a more advanced Lithium-ion battery cell technology which offers a higher energy density of up to 700 Wh/L in large models like the Ioniq 7. Image Source: Hyundai

On the charging front, the Ioniq 7, like the 5, will be capable of at least 350 kW (800V) fast charge thanks to the onboard system, which supports 400V and 800V without the need for additional adapters. In this setup, 80 percent charging time is just 18 minutes, an experience similar to refueling.

Features

Coming back to the production Ioniq 7, hopes are high that Hyundai will pack the electric SUV with segment-first features, some of the expected ones of which are as follows:

Level 3 autonomous driving system

Hyundai’s autonomous driving technical roadmap confirms that Level 3 hands-free autonomous driving will come next year with the ‘Highway Driving Pilot.’ In Level 3, “the car is able to manage safety functions under certain conditions, but the driver is expected to take over when alerted.” The Ioniq 7 should become a beneficiary of this feature.

Wireless charging

Thanks to a possible ground clearance of more than 8 inches, the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will have enough room below its floor for wireless charging through a transmission unit. Hyundai has already confirmed that wireless charging for models underpinned by the E-GMP platform is under development, and the Ioniq 7 might come with this feature.

Use of high-tech and recycled materials

The premium positioning of the Ioniq 7 might allow Hyundai to use high-tech materials for paints and trims, which will come with added functionality over aesthetics. According to a conversation between Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Creative Officer, Hyundai and Autocar, the company is working on this technology, which might be functional by mid-decade. Also, various bits inside the car, including seats, armrest, floor, and door, can be made with eco-friendly recycled plastics, plant-based (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, bio paint with plant extracts, and artificial leather with plant-based extracts.

Advanced infotainment system

The Hyundai Ioniq 7 is one of the upcoming cars from HMG to launch from 2022 to come equipped with a new ‘NVIDIA DRIVE’ connected car platform in their infotainment systems. With the help of a hardware and software stack, the NVIDIA DRIVE can merge audio, navigation and connected car services for a more optimized and advanced user experience in sync with Hyundai’s in-house connected car operation system (ccOS) through a digital cockpit.

Digital key

Apart from the current functionalities of unlocking and starting the vehicle through a smartphone application, Hyundai’s digital key for Ioniq 7 might come with advanced features such as automatically unlock the cars sensing the proximity of the user after a specific time period.

V2L (Vehicle to load)

This feature has already made its debut in the Ioniq 5 and will make its way into the Ioniq 7. By this feature, one can use the electrical energy stored in the battery pack of his vehicle to charge external electronic devices and even battery packs of other vehicles.

Vision roof

For the panoramic sunroof touted to be called ‘vision roof’, Hyundai might be using a single large glass panel without any cross member for an enhanced and broad view of the sky above.

Virtual mirrors

For this feature, the Ioniq 7 will come with cameras mounted in place of conventional outer rearview mirrors. The rearward display of the car caught by the cameras in action will then be displayed in the screens mounted inside the car, either on the front door panels or the corners of the dashboard.

Fingerprint reader

For biometric authentication, the Ioniq 7 might come with a fingerprint reader, which is currently on offer in the group’s offerings like Hyundai Santa Fe and Genesis GV70 in China.

Teaser of the Ioniq 7
Hyundai teased the 7 when presenting the E-GMP platform last year. Pictured is a screengrab from the ‘Platform Layout’ section of the video. Image source: Hyundai

Price & Subscription

To encourage customer trials for the most expensive Hyundai in the U.S., a subscription program for short ownership periods, possibly between one and three months, could be offered.

During the Hyundai Ioniq 5 U.S. debut, Jose Munoz, President & CEO, Hyundai (North America), briefly talked about subscription, which could apply to the Hyundai Ioniq 7. The subscription service will likely allow users to temporarily own their desired E-GMP Ioniq EVs for a single all-inclusive monthly payment that covers the vehicle, insurance, and maintenance.

Like the Ioniq 5, the customers of Ioniq 7 and Ioniq 6 could be given an added benefit of one or two years of free unlimited 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America charging stations in the United States. The network of Electrify America currently has 600 charging stations, and by the end of 2021, additional 800 charging stations with more than 3,500 ultra-fast chargers are in the plan.

The Ioniq 5 will be available only at select Hyundai dealerships initially, but by the time Ioniq 7 arrives, the demand for EVs would have changed drastically, and it is expected that every dealership would want to sell the cutting-edge E-GMP Ioniq models.

Production

Hyundai has announced that it will start making electric vehicles in the USA in 2022. It plans to invest USD 7.4 billion by 2025 to improve the production facilities for electric vehicles. Hyundai’s current factory in Montgomery (Alabama) is likely to become the hub of Hyundai electric vehicles for the American market. The production of electric vehicles could start with the Ioniq 5, and be followed by the Ioniq 7.

Hyundai Motor Group electrification strategy

Hyundai Motor Group plans to reduce the development of internal combustion engine models so that it has the resources to accelerate investment in EVs, as per a Reuters report. With the new strategy, which was approved in March 2021, the company’s ICE vehicle portfolio will be reduced to half, it is reported. The South Korean conglomerate plans to have a total of at least 23 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) models in Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis showrooms combined by the middle of the decade and to sell 1 million BEVs worldwide by 2025.

Hyundai Ioniq 7 FAQs

What is the Hyundai Ioniq 7 release date?

The Ioniq 7 could be unveiled in 2023. Hyundai states that an early 2024 launch is planned.

What would be considered the Ioniq 7’s challengers?

Primarily, the Ioniq 7 will rival the upcoming VW ID.6 and the ‘Plus’ variant of the Nissan Ariya.

What will be the price of the Hyundai Ioniq 7?

The Ioniq 7 should have a starting price in the region of USD 50,000-55,000 in the United States.

Featured image: Hyundai