Update: ‘U.S. battery production’ sub-section added to ‘Release Date.’
Three-row mid-size electric SUV
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 will be a mid-size vehicle (as per U.S. classification) and offer plenty of space. José Muñoz, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America, has confirmed that it will be a three-row model. The revelations don’t differ from the speculation, but it’s nice to get confirmation as we can now list them 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.José Muñoz, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America (Ioniq 5 U.S. debut)
During the online presentation of the E-GMP architecture in December 2020, HMG slyly teased the Ioniq 7, showing its outline in the form of suspended art. The silhouette showed 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 7: Hyundai’s flagship electric SUV in the making
Space & road presence
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 will be an interesting amalgamation of traditional SUV styling with modern SUV characteristics. It will sit close to the ground and feature a sloping roofline and a slightly hunched tail section.
The Ioniq 6 features over 700 Parametric Pixels in multiple places, such as headlamps, rear combination lamps, front lower sensors, air vent garnishes, and console indicator. Considering the Ioniq 7’s size, it may integrate more. Cool Hunting reported on August 24, 2022, that the Ioniq 7 will feature seven pixels on the front spoiler to display charging status. There will likely also be 4-dot Interactive Pixel Lights on the steering wheel of the large electric SUV. You can also expect to see flush door handles and camera-based digital side mirrors, although the availability of the latter depends on local regulations.
Hyundai has proven that it can design production EVs very close to concept versions and still offer them at a fair price. As radical as the Seven concept (detailed in the following section) may look, the Ioniq 7 will not be far from it. Munoz straight out told MotorTrend that the production version would be “pretty close,” so close that we’ll be “amazed.”
Our exclusive rendering (above) shows the Hyundai’s flagship EV in a production-ready state. We’ve tweaked the front lights with a higher focus on illumination and range than styling, cast new bumpers with provision for the electronics, modified the bonnet and sidewall to accommodate an accessible frunk, swapped the retractable side mirrors with fixed digital mirrors, replaced the pillarless coach doors with regular doors featuring flush-fitted handles, rims inspired by the Prophecy and Seven Concept vehicles, added a charging port, shark fin antenna, and new rocker panels for realism. Additionally, we chose a body color that is neither the stereotypical blue color nor the concept’s green.
Hyundai will adopt several some eco-friendly measures for the Ioniq 7’s exterior. Like on the Ioniq 6, it may use recycled pigment paint from end-of-life tires on the cladding and bamboo charcoal pigment paint on the body.
Hyundai Seven Concept
Simon Loasby, Head of Hyundai Style Group, Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) told Car And Driver that the Ioniq 7 will carry the Seven’s pixel light headlights. The production model will feature a flat and translucent cover over the pixel-shaped lights instead of separate lights. The latter would look original and more appealing, but it wouldn’t be as practical, as it accumulates dirt.
A feature of the front-end that won’t make it to production will be the hood-integrated brand logo. It’s easier done on plastic panels, like that of the concept, than on sheet metal. Loasby also revealed that the production model will feature a frunk (front trunk) for extra cargo space. He confirmed that the concept’s all-glass tailgate would not make it to the Ioniq 7.
Car And Driver has been told the interior of the Seven concept is less representative of the production model’s cabin. Only some elements will appear in the Ioniq 7, like the capsule-shaped cut-outs in the door panels, for instance.
MotorTrend also received the information that the interior will have extensive changes. SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Hyundai Design, has said that the company envisioned the Seven concept for the fully-autonomous driving future, and hence the interior “is a little more visionary.” Obvious changes would be a regular steering wheel in place of the retractable one, regular seats instead of lounge seats, and a center console (not present in the concept).
Gil Castillo, senior group manager, Alternative Vehicle and Advanced Vehicle Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America, told MotorTrend that Hyundai can carry over the concept’s Vision Roof Display to the Ioniq 7. However, offering this feature might not make sense now, Castillo said. The company used it in the concept only to explore how far it could stretch to convert EVs into a living space when fully autonomous driving becomes commonplace.
A Carscoops report 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 could offer a ground clearance of more than 8 inches.
According to a report from The Korea Times (dated February 2, 2021), the Ioniq 7 will likely come with SK Innovation battery packs (with pouch cells) as part of the third batch. Later, a report from autohome.com.cn (dated February 9, 2021) said that the battery packs of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will come from SK Innovation and CATL. HMG conducted vendor bidding for battery packs of three of its EVs, including the Hyundai Ioniq 7, in 2021. South Korea’s SK Innovation and China’s CATL won the bids.
|Aspect||Hyundai Ioniq 7 Specification (Expected)|
|Max. System Power||308 hp|
|Battery Pack Capacity||100 kWh|
|Range (EPA)||300+ miles|
|Peak DC Charging Power||350 kW|
|10-80% DC Fast-Charging Time||~20 minutes|
New ambient lighting
We expect the Ioniq 7 to feature Dual Color Ambient Lighting that allows customers to choose from 64 single colors and six dual theme colors. Like in the Ioniq 6, this feature could work with a Speed Sync Lighting mode that changes the brightness of the interior lighting in the first row as per the speed of the vehicle.
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.
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, recycled fishing net carpet, and artificial leather with plant-based extracts could be some of the eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials.
The Ioniq 6 is the first Ioniq model in which Hyundai has used recycled fishing net carpet. Moreover, the company has applied eco-process leather and recycled PET fabric for its seats, bio TPO skin for its dashboard, and bio paint derived from vegetable oils for the doors. The electric sedan’s headliner also sees the usage of recycled PET fabric.
Electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD)
In addition to Speed Sync Lightning, Electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD) could help make the driving experience exciting. e-ASD emits a spacecraft-like driving sound through the speakers based on the speed of the vehicle, the torque state of its motor, and the intensity with which the driver pushes the accelerator pedal.
Highway Driving Pilot
At Hyundai Motor Company (HMC)’s 2022 CEO Investor Day, its President and CEO Jaehoon Chang said that the Genesis G90 will become a Level 3 autonomous driving capable car with Highway Driving Pilot (HDP) in December 2022. This will make the G90 among the first mass-produced car with Level 3 autonomy.
Currently, most vehicles across the globe, with this feature, use Level 2 and Level 2+ semi-autonomous systems, although Mercedes-Benz has introduced Level 3 cars already.
Level 3 autonomy allows drivers to do other activities; however, it’s conditional, and drivers must be ready to take over if required. The system uses Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), various AI systems, and onboard sensors. LIDAR is a crucial component of autonomy. According to a report from The Korea Economic Daily, Hyundai will install LIDAR sensors on all Level 3 cars, and the same can be expected in the Ioniq 7. However, local regulations would decide whether this technology is available.
The lower variants of the Ioniq 7 should have semi-autonomous driving features of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The electric crossover comes 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 parallel and perpendicular parking should also be included in the list of autonomous driving functions.
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.”
Autonomous Parking with RSPA2
Apart from autonomous driving, the Hyundai Ioniq 7 may offer the convenience of autonomous parking. It could feature the company’s Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 (RSPA 2) in its most developed version. Chang said at HMC’s 2022 CEO Investor Day that RSPA 2 will get updated through OTA and HMC will continue its development to provide a remote parking function. Like the Ioniq 6, the Ioniq 7 should support over-the-air software updates.
On October 11, 2022, HMG announced that it will offer Feature on Demand (FoD) services from 2023. The Ioniq 7 should come with this convenience. Customers will likely be able to access new functions and features, including those for autonomous driving, by paying for them online and enabling them at any point during their lease or ownership.
Another 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 could come with the more advanced Digital Key 3.0 that needs the user’s smartphone to be in enough proximity to 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 should eventually 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. This feature will not be available at launch.
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 could feature a fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. HMG uses this technology in the Chinese-spec Santa Fe, the GV70, and the GV60.
LG home appliances in the Hyundai Ioniq 7
With the advent of autonomous driving technologies and space-saving electric vehicle platforms, cars are becoming more like homes and offices on wheels. Companies are constantly searching for innovative comfort and convenience features to meet the demands of occupants. Hyundai has tied up with LG Electronics to source customized home appliances for the production Ioniq 7. The home-based electronics company will make products like the Styler steam closet and refrigerator for the road-ready Ioniq 7, as per a report from The Korea Economic Daily. Other LG companies will reportedly supply display panels for the Ioniq 7, and that sister concern could be LG Display.
Would there be a Hyundai Ioniq 7 N model?
A large SUV on steroids isn’t the ideal choice for driving enthusiasts, and most would scoff at this idea. However, in a world where Cadillac has a go-faster Escalade (the Escalade-V) and Mercedes-Benz has an AMG version of the GLS in showrooms, why shouldn’t Hyundai give the Ioniq 7 the ‘N’ treatment?
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 N could get a sportier exterior with a uniquely designed grille, bumpers, and wheels, an aero kit, sports seats and steering wheel, modified welcome animations in the screens, unique color schemes, and much more. A sportier suspension setup, and a dual-motor system tuned to produce around 600 hp and 550 lb.-ft is on our Ioniq 7 N wishlist!
Hyundai originally planned to launch the Ioniq 7 in 2024. However, The Korean Car Blog reported on July 25, 2022, that the Ioniq 7 would debut in early 2023. According to the article, the third bespoke Ioniq EV will launch earlier than expected. With both cars likely on sale in the second half of 2023, there won’t be a big gap between the debut and U.S. launch of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 and Kia EV9.
For the U.S., which has the potential to be its biggest market, the Ioniq 7 will be a major launch, but not for European countries. Automotive News Europe asked Michael Cole, President and CEO of Hyundai’s European division, in August 2022 if the Ioniq 7 would be a smaller volume model than the Ioniq 5 and the Ioniq 6. Cole said that the company doesn’t plan to sell the Ioniq 7 in big numbers as it is a large SUV. Sales of the Ioniq 7 in Europe could start in 2024.
HMG is constructing a dedicated EV plant and a battery plant at the Bryan County Megasite in Bryan County (Georgia), USA. The new manufacturing facility will entail an investment of USD 5.54 billion, although HMG plans to establish the battery plant in a joint venture, probably with SK On. Production of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 and Kia EV9 will take place at the new smart factory, as per a Reuters report dated May 9, 2022.
On October 25, 2022, HMG held the groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming dedicated EV and battery plant at the Bryan County Megasite. A newly established Group company called ‘Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA)’ is in charge of operations. HMG has confirmed that, as the name suggests, the future electric vehicle assembly facility will make models from all three brands – Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis.
The HMGMA plant will have an annual production capacity of 300,000 electric vehicles. HMG expects commercial production to begin in the first half of 2025.
U.S. battery production
The EVs made at the new U.S. factory will likely have batteries sourced from a nearby SK On production facility. According to a report from BusinessKorea, Hyundai Motor Company and SK On have partnered to build an EV battery plant with an annual production capacity of 40 GWh (enough to power 500,000 EVs offering a range of 311 miles) in Georgia. HMC will invest in SK On’s Georgia battery plant, which could cost about KRW 3 trillion (USD 2.3 billion).
An industry insider said that HMC wants to keep its stake in this factory as low as possible. Even if SK On makes the entire investment, it will supply batteries to HMC. Further, the report states that Hyundai will use its batteries in the Ioniq 7 and Kia in the EV9. The new battery plant will become operational in 2025, as per the report.
On November 29, 2022, Hyundai Motor Group and SK On announced the signing of a new memorandum of understanding (MOU). According to this deal, HMG will source the batteries for EVs that it will make at its U.S. plants after 2025 from SK On. The two South Korean companies will reveal more details on the cooperation later.
In related news, SK On recently signed purchase contracts for sourcing lithium with resource development companies in countries that have signed free trade agreements with the U.S., including Australia and Chile. The company took this step to meet the requirements for Clean Vehicle Credit for purchases after 2022 as per the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. SK On’s batteries already power three of HMG’s EVs – the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Hyundai Ioniq 6, and Kia EV6.
Ioniq 7 subscription & Free charging
HMG has confirmed that American Hyundai dealers will offer an Ioniq subscription service in the future. The Ioniq 7 should be available to subscribe to in the U.S. An all-inclusive monthly payment would cover the vehicle, insurance, and maintenance costs and provide customers with 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 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. Electrify America wanted to open 800 charging stations with more than 3,500 ultra-fast chargers or have them in development by the end of 2021.
Hyundai electrification strategy
Randy Parker, CEO, Hyundai Motor America, has said that the company has a market share of over 10% in EV sales in the U.S. in 2022, Yahoo Finance Live reported on November 18, 2022. In October 2022, the company recorded 10% higher EV sales compared to October 2021. EVs account for approximately 4% of its sales currently, and this number will grow in the future, Parker said.
Hyundai plans to expand its EV line-up to 11 models by 2030. The Ioniq 7 will probably be the tipping point of the E-GMP platform for the company. Hyundai EVs more advanced than the Ioniq 7 will arrive starting in 2025.
IMA Platform to launch in 2025
Hyundai will introduce the Integrated Module Architecture (IMA) in 2025, which is the evolution of the E-GMP. IMA will be available in two versions, eM for passenger vehicles and eS for purpose-built vehicles.
Through standard modules, the eM platform has a greater degree of commonality than E-GMP. Unlike E-GMP EVs, eM EVs will have standardized battery systems. In addition, the battery packs will be devoid of modules and built with a cell-to-pack method that improves energy density. Also under consideration is cell-to-frame. Hyundai will use not only NCM cells but also LFP cells from this point. Likewise, the motors will be standardized, bringing more synergies between cars.
On October 11, 2022, HMG announced that EVs on the eM platform will have a 50% longer range than current models (presumably E-GMPs). They will support OTA software updates and Level 3 autonomous driving functions. eS will be a skateboard platform with a fully modular structure, which would make it suitable for many types of EVs, including those needed for delivery, logistics, and ride-hailing sectors. Lastly, HMG plans to introduce an in-house software platform called ‘Connected Car Operating Systems (ccOS)’ to ensure that its future EVs are highly digital.
The Ioniq 7 will be the largest and most high-tech model in the brand’s history. Expected to be made in America in subsequent model years, the electric SUV should provide excellent value for money and sure-shot attractions like advanced connectivity, charging and safety technologies, futuristic design, and a spacious interior. Among the first affordable electric family SUVs, American customers asking for a premium Palisade should find the Ioniq 7 attractive. The SUV would even draw Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot owners planning to go zero-emissions.
Hyundai Ioniq 7 FAQs
What is the Hyundai Ioniq 7 release date?
The 6/7-seater electric SUV is expected to be launched in H2 2023.
What would be considered the Hyundai Ioniq 7 rivals?
What will be Hyundai Ioniq 7 price & range?
The Ioniq 7’s price should start at USD 50,000-55,000. Hyundai has confirmed a 300+ mile range for the SUV.