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. Speaking to autocar.co.uk last year, SangYup Lee, Head of Design, Hyundai, provided the first hints on the Ioniq 7. He suggested that the third electric car will be about space and be a good family vehicle.

Render of the 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.

Ioniq 7 Concept teased

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.

The 7 will be previewed by a concept, which peeks out in the above teasers. 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.

Specifications

According to a report from Carscoops, Hyundai plans to use a 100 kWh battery pack that can deliver a range of 300 miles (483 km) in the Ioniq 7. This range figure is probably a targeted EPA estimate for the U.S.-spec version, as the company revealed these details at a media event for the U.S.-spec Ioniq 5. 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).

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

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.

During the presentation of the E-GMP architecture, a teaser showing the flexibility of the platform previewed a large, Santa Fe-size, boxy SUV; before its actual reveal, a concept previewing the design is certainly expected given that an image showing the pixelated LED headlights was released last year as part of a teaser for the Ioniq family.

On the features of the Ioniq 7

Coming back to the production Ioniq 7, hopes are high that Hyundai will pack the electric SUV with segment-first features. These could include wireless charging capability and a solar roof and body panels that convert light to electrical energy to charge the battery. The Ioniq 5 supports bi-directional charging capability, and the SUV could have features that help during camping/adventure activities as Hyundai will target the Ioniq 7 as an emissions-free, all-around family SUV.

Another certainty on the Ioniq 7 is the NVIDIA Drive connected car platform which will be standard fitment on all Hyundai and Genesis models starting 2022. A fingerprint reader for biometric authentication is also expected in this model, a technology already available in the Santa Fe (China) and the Genesis GV70.

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

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.

Hyundai’s autonomous driving technical roadmap confirms that Level 3 handsfree 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.

Price & Subscription

The Hyundai Ioniq 7 would between USD 50,000-55,000 in the base configuration. 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.

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.

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.

In the U.S. alone, HMG is investing USD 7.4 billion by 2025, with most of the capital going into zero-emission vehicles. The company plans to begin manufacturing BEVs at a Hyundai U.S. plant (presumably Montgomery) from 2022. In all likeliness, the Hyundai Ioniq 7 would be a Made in America model.

HMG plans to have an EV line-up of more than 12 models between the Hyundai and Genesis brands by 2025. As for the Kia brand, the target is expanding the EV line-up to 11 models by 2026. The South Korean conglomerate plans to have a total of at least 23 EV models in Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis showrooms combined by the middle of the decade.

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