The Ioniq 5 is a vital cog in HMC’s U.S. EV lineup, but the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Hyundai Ioniq 7 following it would carry important missions as well. If a new report from The Korea Times (dated February 2) is to be believed, the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will arrive ahead of schedule.
In August last year, Hyundai had said that it has programed the launch of the Ioniq 6 sedan in 2022 and the Ioniq 7 large SUV in early 2024. According to the Korean English language paper, Hyundai plans to launch the large electric SUV targeting the North American countries in 2023. It also reveals that the Ioniq 7 would likely come with SK Innovation battery packs (with pouch cells), as part of the third batch.
Ioniq 6 & 7 teased during the E-GMP presentation
During the online presentation of the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP architecture in December, 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 is just a name of a car at this time, but with the debut of the production Ioniq 5 this month, it has transitioned to a sub-brand at Hyundai.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 – Everything we know
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 would arrive as the production version of the Hyundai Prophecy concept from March last year. It will replace the Hyundai Ioniq that is 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.
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 more desirable proportions and a more 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.
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.
Hyundai Ioniq 7 – Hyundai’s flagship electric SUV in the making
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 looks like a Santa Fe-sized American mid-size SUV that is purely an electric vehicle. A concept version has been teased 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 giant pixelated lamp structure at the front will portray a dominating character and reflect the electric car’s sheer size, which could be noticeably boxy.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Hyundai 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 80 per cent 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, and expect them to deliver a range (EPA) of 350-400 miles.
The battery packs of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will come from SK Innovation and CATL, claims a report from autohome.com.cn (dated February 9). Hyundai Motor Group recently conducted vendor bidding for battery packs of three of its EVs, including the Hyundai Ioniq 7. 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.
All Hyundai, Kia and Genesis models 2022 onwards 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 offer a very high-tech interior in the Ioniq 6 & Ioniq 7.
In related news, Hyundai is secretly (as reported) working on an entry-level crossover Ioniq 3, that will be made 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 be launched in 2022, Hyundai has confirmed.
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 USD 35,000-40,000.
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