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

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Hyundai Ioniq 6 will be followed by a new flagship Hyundai electric vehicle called the Hyundai 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.

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.

Announcing the Ioniq brand for the future Hyundai electric vehicles and its initial line-up in August, Hyundai had revealed that the Ioniq 7 would be a large SUV. Like the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, it will be based on the new platform developed exclusively for next-gen Hyundai Motor Group electric vehicles – E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform). The platform 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

The 7 will be previewed by a concept, which has been shown in the teasers above. 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 could be a three-row electric SUV with 6- and 7-seat seating options offering best-in-class knee room and headroom.

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

According to a report in The Korea Times (dated February 2), the flagship Hyundai Ioniq 7 electric SUV will appear in North American markets in 2023, as against a 2024 timeline stated by Hyundai in August 2020.

On 16 April, Hyundai announced a collaboration with Kia and SK Innovation to develop a pouch-type battery for electrified vehicles. The company plans to install the new pouch-type battery pack in a hybrid car it plans to introduce in 2024. The report from The Korea Times above had said that the Ioniq 7 could feature SK Innovation battery packs with pouch-type cells, and the partnership can only deepen ties between the Korean companies. Announcements about the progress of this collaborative work should come later this year.

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

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front teaser
The Ioniq 5 features bidirectional charging and 400 & 800V fast-charging which will certainly be seen on the 7. Image: Hyundai

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 include wireless charging capability in addition to a solar roof and body panels that convert light to electric energy to charge the battery. The Ioniq 5 is already pretty high end supporting bi-directional charging capability, and on the SUV, we could see some features to support 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.

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.

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 both 400V and 800V without the need for additional adapters. In this setup, 80 percent charging time is just 18 minutes.

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.

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 of about USD 50,000-55,000 (EUR 40,000 to EUR 45,000).