Hyundai Motor Group plans to release the Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedan in 2022 and then the Hyundai Ioniq 7 SUV in 2024. At the Ioniq 5 U.S. debut in May, the company made some new, albeit obvious, disclosures about the future Ioniqs.
Jose Munoz, President, and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America, said that the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will be a mid-size sedan. The Hyundai Ioniq 7 will be a mid-size SUV (as per U.S. classification). They would be comparable to the Sonata and the Santa Fe from the brand’s traditional ICE vehicle line-up. Moreover, Munoz confirmed that the Hyundai Ioniq 7 would be a three-row SUV. None of these revelations differ from what was speculated, but it’s nice to have confirmation as they can now be listed as facts.
We will follow the exciting Ioniq 5 compact CUV with the stunning Ioniq 6 mid-size sedan next year and the Ioniq 7 three-row mid-size SUV in 2024, and that is just the beginning. Hyundai will introduce 23 battery electric vehicles worldwide by 2025.Jose Munoz, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America (Ioniq 5 U.S. debut)
A report from The Korea Times (dated February 2) had suggested that the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will arrive ahead of schedule. According to the Korean English language paper, Hyundai plans to launch the large electric SUV in 2023. It had also revealed that the Ioniq 7 would likely come with SK Innovation battery packs (with pouch cells) as part of the third batch. Munoz’s new statement indicates that the Ioniq 7 will not be released earlier than planned.
Ioniq 6 & 7 teased during the E-GMP presentation
During the online presentation of the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP architecture in December 2020, the company slyly teased the Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 7, showing their outlines in the form of suspended art. The silhouette showed a raised fastback-styled sedan and then cut to a large SUV with traditional proportions while elaborating on the platform layout and variable width, overhang, and wheelbase composition that can be applied to multiple segments.
Ioniq was just a name of a car, but with the debut of the production Ioniq 5 this year, it has transitioned to Hyundai’s sub-brand. The Ioniq 5 may be the most advanced Hyundai model so far, but many of its key features are available in other cars. The premium Hyundai Ioniq 6 & Hyundai Ioniq 7 models, currently in the pipeline, could be more innovative, as we explain in this story.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 – Everything we know
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 would arrive as the Prophecy concept’s production version from March 2020. It will replace the current Hyundai Ioniq available in full-hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and pure electric variants. The sporty four-door concept vehicle has strong hints of Porsches, especially the 911, and is arguably the most stylish representation of Hyundai’s new Sensuous Sportiness design language.
Next-generation sedan design
The final version of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 would feature a similar coupe-like silhouette, low-slung sports car-like stance, futuristic and low-profile pixelated lamps. The BEV-only powertrain application would allow short overhangs and a longer wheelbase leading to desirable proportions and a spacious cabin. The Ioniq 6 could mark a new chapter for the sedan class as Hyundai promises to reinvent this ‘endangered’ shape due to the advent of crossovers in all segments worldwide.
An interpretation of the production car is by YouTube channel 뉴욕맘모스_NYMAMMOTH, which has rendered the car in various colors. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 turned out to be very close to the foreshadowing concept (Hyundai 45), and the illustrator has depicted the same to be true of the Ioniq 6. The Korean artist imagines a smaller brand logo at the front, smaller wheels wrapped in higher-profile tires, a revised front bumper, and conventional doors and mirrors. Despite the productionization, it looks just as sporty as the concept with the Porsche-style cues.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 7 will ride on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that underpins the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The dedicated electric vehicle platform will enable rapid charging capability of 18 minutes to attain an 80 percent charge level. 800-volt battery voltage and 350 kW charging capacity are the peak technical parameters the platform allows. Both the sedan and the SUV should realize E-GMP to its maximum potential.
A report from Carscoops says that at a US-spec Ioniq 5 media event, Hyundai revealed that Ioniq 6 specs will include a 73 kWh battery pack, a 215 hp rear-mounted motor or two motors, one at each axle, generating 308 hp of combined power. The maximum range will be more than 300 miles (presumably targeted EPA estimate).
Highway Driving Pilot
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 should borrow all the semi-autonomous driving features of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The new electric crossover has been announced with Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDAII), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), and many more advanced driver assistance systems. Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) that lets the driver remotely park or exit a parking spot for both parallel and perpendicular parking should also be included in the list of autonomous driving functions.
Hyundai’s technical roadmap for autonomous driving technology development suggests that Level 3 handsfree autonomous driving could be offered from 2022 with ‘Highway Driving Pilot.’ Hyundai says that 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 Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Hyundai Ioniq 7 should benefit from this feature.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is one of the eight new electrified vehicle launches Hyundai has planned for the U.S. market by next year. The other seven models are the Hyundai Ioniq 5, new Hyundai Kona Electric facelift, Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid, Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, and Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid SUVs, and the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid sedan. With these new pure electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid models, Hyundai would have a line-up of ten electrified vehicles in the U.S.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the semiconductor shortage has impacted the supply chain and production of the auto industry. Hyundai has had to change the production schedules of some of its models, including the Ioniq 5. However, the company has confirmed that it still plans to introduce the Ioniq 6 next year. More precisely, according to the Carscoops report mentioned above, late 2022 is when the Ioniq 6 is scheduled to arrive. It aims to sell 560,000 Hyundai and Genesis EVs by 2025 with a portfolio of 12+ battery-powered models.
A Yonhap News report has said that the Hyundai Asan plant, which has an annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 vehicles and makes the Sonata and Azera (Grandeur), has been allocated the Ioniq 6. The company is considering suspending production for four weeks anytime between July and August to prepare the site for EV production, as per the report. The North American units could be manufactured at the Hyundai Montgomery plant (USA), though.
Hyundai Ioniq 7 – Hyundai’s flagship electric SUV in the making
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 will be a mid-size SUV like the Santa Fe, seating 6-7 occupants. No less than 100,000 Santa Fes are sold every year in the United States. Even in a challenging year like 2020, 101,513 units found homes, making it the third-best-selling Hyundai in America. So, a snazzier mid-size SUV with revolutionary technologies and zero tailpipe emission should be a strategic launch for the growth of the Hyundai brand in the region.
Space & road presence
A concept version of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 has been teased (below) and is expected to break cover in a year. The teaser implies that a proper SUV look with a flat, high-positioned bonnet, upright face, and a large pixelated lamp structure at the front will portray a dominating character and reflect the electric car’s sheer size, which could be noticeably boxy.
At the rear, the Hyundai Ioniq 7 should communicate its dominating character with proportions close to a traditional SUV. However, while the shape could be conventional, the design is expected to contrast with a stately and technical look. A flattish, clean-slate tailgate, vertical, pixelated combination lamps with an end-to-end horizontal light strip connecting them, prominent bumper garnish, visibly wide stop light, etc. among the expected visual highlights here.
The same Carscoops report mentioned above has said that the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will come in two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The all-wheel drive variant will offer a system power of 308 hp. A 100 kWh battery pack will supply electricity to the motor(s), and the car can travel 300 miles (presumably targeted EPA estimate) on a full charge. The Ioniq 7 could offer a ground clearance of more than 8 inches.
The battery of both Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Hyundai Ioniq 7 may come from SK Innovation. Hyundai Motor Group has collaborated with the company specializing in EV battery packs for over ten years now. Beginning with the Hyundai Blue On unveiled in 2009 to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6 introduced this year, many of its models have featured battery packs made by SK. On April 16, the collaboration between the South Korean companies deepened with the announcement of a joint-developed pouch-type battery pack for use in a hybrid model Hyundai Motor will introduce in 2024.
A report from autohome.com.cn (dated February 9) has already said that the battery packs of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will come from SK Innovation and CATL. Hyundai Motor Group conducted vendor bidding for battery packs of three of its EVs, including the Hyundai Ioniq 7, this year. South Korea’s SK Innovation and China’s CATL won the bids. CATL already supplies battery packs to two partnership companies of HMG in China, namely Beijing-Hyundai and Dongfeng Yueda Kia. It is expected to make battery packs for low-cost Hyundai EVs sold in Indonesia in the future.
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 won’t feature solid-state batteries, as that’s technology Hyundai needs many more years before commercialization. According to a report from mt.co.kr, Hyundai plans to mass-produce solid-state batteries through a partnership with battery specialists from 2030. However, the battery used in the Ioniq 7 could be more advanced than in the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6. The company aims to increase the energy density of its Lithium-ion battery cells from 600 Wh/L to 700 Wh/L in 2025.
The Ioniq 7’s specifications and segment positioning would allow Hyundai to stuff it with advanced features, some that break new ground. A higher ground clearance (typical of a large SUV), for instance, leaves enough room for a transmission unit to generate and transmit electricity for wireless charging of the car. Hyundai Motor Group has confirmed that wireless charging for E-GMP platform models is under development. The Ioniq 6 & 7 and the Genesis GV60 are the potential candidates to receive the tech.
Video Source: youtube.com/Hyundai Motor Group
Development is still ongoing on both ends, and only after the development is done will we be able to apply the technology to our mass-produced vehicles. The timetable for that application is flexible, dependent on market reactions and changes in the business environment.Chung Jin-Hwan, Head of Electrification Development Group at the Hyundai Motor Group, on Wireless car charging function in the E-GMP
Advanced and recycled materials
Thanks to the premium positioning, it might be possible for Hyundai to use newly developed high-tech materials on the Ioniq 7. One of the many innovative features of the large electric SUV could be paints and trims that serve more than just aesthetics.
“All materials will become functional, whether that’s the paint or the trims inside the car,” Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Creative Officer, Hyundai, told Autocar. They will communicate and have an additional function, which could be charging. The company is working on this technology “intensively,” Donckerwolke said, and so, it wouldn’t surprise us if it’s ready for commercialization by mid-decade. The Ioniq 7, having the largest surface area, would offer the most gains with a solar roof or body panels that convert light into electricity to charge the battery.
Several interior touchpoints, such as door trim, headliner, seats, armrest, and floor, could be made from eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials. Plant-based (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, recycled PET bottles, bio paint with plant extracts, and artificial leather with plant-based extracts could be some of the eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials.
New infotainment system
All Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis models, starting in 2022, are to feature a new ‘NVIDIA DRIVE’ connected car platform as standard. This will apply to the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Hyundai Ioniq 7. NVIDIA DRIVE includes a hardware and software stack, and it allows HMG’s infotainment systems to merge connectivity, navigation, audio, video, and AI-based connected car services. HMG and NVIDIA plan to unveil the advanced integrated digital cockpit towards the end of this year.
The NVIDIA DRIVE platform-based infotainment systems will feature HMG’s next ‘connected car operation system (ccOS).’ The in-house developed OS will use NVIDIA’s software frameworks. The partnership with NVIDIA would allow HMG to build a high-tech interior in the Ioniq 6 & Ioniq 7.
Besides the Level 3 autonomous driving with Hyundai Driving Pilot, a highlight of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 could be the next-gen Digital Key. Hyundai’s current Digital Key technology allows users to unlock and start their Hyundai via their smartphone. The Digital Key is downloaded via a smartphone application and can be used by up to four authorized people.
Currently, the user needs to hold the smartphone with the Digital Key against the driver or front passenger door handle to unlock the car. The Hyundai Ioniq 7 would come with the more advanced Digital Key 3.0 that needs the user’s smartphone to be in enough proximity with the vehicle for a specific time period to unlock the doors. It provides passive access where the user would not need to lift the smartphone out of the pocket or bag.
V2L (Vehicle to Load)
One of the first features of the Ioniq that 5 Hyundai featured in its marketing campaign was V2L. This utility feature should be available even in the Ioniq 7. V2L allows using the electrical energy stored inside the vehicle’s battery pack to power external devices like domestic appliances, camping equipment, consumer electronics, etc. With V2L, one can also charge another EV’s battery pack.
In the U.S., the peak power available in the Ioniq 5 for V2L functions is 1.9 kW instead of 3.6 kW globally.
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 could feature a large panoramic sunroof called ‘Vision roof.’ The mid-size electric SUV’s ceiling may consist of one large glass panel without cross members so that the occupants can enjoy an uninterrupted view of the night sky.
In some markets, including South Korea, where regulations permit, Hyundai will offer the Ioniq 7 with virtual mirrors. Cameras are mounted in place of traditional mirrors made of glass, and their feed is displayed on two screens mounted, usually on the front door panels or the corner of the dashboard/A-pillars.
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 will likely feature a fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. Hyundai Motor Group uses this technology in the Chinese-spec Santa Fe and the GV70. It may offer a more advanced version in the Ioniq 7, as the model is more than 3 years away from dealer showrooms.
Hyundai Motor Group has announced that it is making electric vehicles in the USA from 2022. The company will invest a whopping USD 7.4 billion in the country by 2025 to manufacture future electric vehicles, improve production facilities, and increase investments in smart mobility solutions. With 2022 mentioned as the start of production date, it is safe to assume that the company will manufacture the first EV in America at the Hyundai factory in Montgomery (Alabama). Moreover, the Ioniq 5 could be the company’s first American-made EV to challenge Volkswagen’s ID.4.
HMG has confirmed that American Hyundai dealers will offer an Ioniq subscription service in the future. The Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, and Ioniq 7 should be available to subscribe in the U.S. An all-inclusive monthly payment would cover the vehicle, insurance, and maintenance costs and provide customers a more convenient, low-risk way of owning their preferred Ioniq model. The subscription tenure options could start from one month.
Customers of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Hyundai Ioniq 7 could be offered one or two years of free unlimited 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America charging stations in the United States, as is the case with Ioniq 5. By 2024, Electrify America’s network would have significantly expanded from the current 600 charging stations. By the end of this year, Electrify America wants to open 800 charging stations with more than 3,500 ultra-fast chargers or have them in development.
China and United States are expected to be the biggest market for the Hyundai Ioniq 7 worldwide, and the Biden administration is likely to incentivize locally-manufactured EVs significantly. HMG may produce both Ioniq crossovers stateside and export them to several markets, starting with Canada.
In related news, Hyundai is secretly (as reported) working on an entry-level crossover Ioniq 3 that the S Korean brand will manufacture at the upcoming Singaporean facility.
Hyundai Ioniq 7 FAQs
What is the Hyundai Ioniq 7 release date?
The flagship Hyundai electric SUV is expected to be revealed in 2023, though the company maintains an early 2024 launch.
What would be considered the Hyundai Ioniq 7 rivals?
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 will compete with the VW ID.6 SUV and the ‘Plus’ version of the Nissan Ariya.
What will be Hyundai Ioniq 7 price?
The Hyundai Ioniq 7’s price should start at USD 50,000-55,000.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 FAQs
What is the Hyundai Ioniq 6 release date?
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will likely be delivered to first customers in late 2022.
What would be considered the Hyundai Ioniq 6 rivals?
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 won’t have direct rivals, but may challenge the Tesla Model 3.
What will be Hyundai Ioniq 6 price?
The Hyundai Ioniq 6’s price should start at around USD 40,000 in the United States.
Featured Image Source: S.Korean designer Kyuseo Choi’s rendition of the Ioniq 7 SUV