Hyundai Ioniq 7 arriving ahead of schedule – Report [Update]

The Ioniq 5 may be the most advanced Hyundai model so far, but many of its key features, such as bidirectional charging (V2L), camera-based digital mirrors (virtual mirrors), and movable center console, 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.

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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 carry important missions as well. If a 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 last 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.

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.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 rendering
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 may not deviate much from its jaw-dropping concept, as portrayed in this render. Image: youtube.com/뉴욕맘모스_NYMAMMOTH

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.

Hyundai electric hybrid plug-in hybrid models USA
Hyundai plans to have 10 electrified vehicles in the U.S. line-up by the end of 2022. The Ioniq 5 & 6 are a central part of the company’s Electrification strategy. Image Source: Hyundai

Range & charging

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 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 about 350 miles.

Hyundai Autonomous Driving Technical Roadmap
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Hyundai Ioniq 7 may come with Highway Driving Pilot for Level 3 autonomous driving. Image Source: Hyundai

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. However, hands-free autonomous driving like in Tesla models isn’t available in it.

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.

Hyundai Ioniq 7 – Hyundai’s flagship electric SUV in the making

Hyundai Ioniq 7 concept teaser
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 will take the shape of a Hyundai Santa Fe-class mid-size SUV with emphasis on road presence and space. Image Source: Hyundai

Space & road presence

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 (above) 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 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.

Wireless charging

The Ioniq 7’s specifications and segment positioning would allow Hyundai to stuff it with advanced features, some even groundbreaking. 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.

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 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 are functional and serve not just an aesthetic purpose.

“All materials will become functional, whether that’s the paint or the trims inside the car,” Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Creative Officer, Hyundai, told Autocar recently. 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 surprised 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.

New infotainment

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 build a very high-tech interior in the Ioniq 6 & Ioniq 7.

Digital Key

Besides the Level 3 autonomous driving with Hyundai Driving Pilot, another highlight of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 could be the next-gen Digital Key. Hyundai’s current Digital Key technology, which is still new, 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. In other words, it provides passive access where the user would not need to take the smartphone out of the pocket or bag.

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 and Kia EV6.

What will be Hyundai Ioniq 6 price?

The Hyundai Ioniq 6’s price should start at around USD 40,000.

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