This article contains independent illustrations based on intel and a teaser served by Hyundai last month. The renderings were made by CarScoops’ artist Josh Byrnes and they are neither related to nor endorsed by Hyundai.
Hot on the heels of the edgy Ioniq 5 and upcoming Ioniq 6 saloon, Hyundai is also preparing to expand its EV range with a large SUV. Likely to be named Ioniq 7, the three-row flagship will spearhead the Korean automaker’s mission to become CO2-neutral by 2045.
Virtually teased in conceptual form next to its siblings at last month’s 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021), the Ioniq 7’s shadowy outline left more questions than answers. Not so for us! We have been able to decipher much of its appearance with some digital trickery, but what else can we expect? Let’s dig a bit further.
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Futurism On Wheels
While many automakers are constrained by corporate design identity, Hyundai has thrown away the rulebook with a refreshingly distinct model line-up. The Ioniq 7 pushes the boundaries again with a design ethos that trades fussy detailing for futuristic chic.
Frontal styling sports a LED light bar spanning the width of the bonnet in the same fashion as the Staria minivan. Lower down the main headlamp units feature parametric pixel light-emitting diodes and a contrasting front panel in place of a traditional grille.
Further back, you’ll notice the swept-back greenhouse abruptly cuts away at the rear, and the sheet-metal surfacing is uniquely devoid of unnecessary contours. Squared-off fenders match the beltline profile, and flush door handles add to the avant-garde look.
A Spacious Place To Be
Whilst we’ve yet to set sights on the Ioniq 7’s interior, sources tell us it’ll be every bit as trend-setting as the Ioniq 5 in terms of style, equipment and practicality. If you thought the latter offered a copious amount of occupant space, then the three-row Ioniq 7 will shift those perceptions again with its Palisade-like dimensions.
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Expect a plethora of technological goodies, including a digital instrument cluster and infotainment display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, augmented-reality heads-up display and advanced voice recognition. Driver aids will likely include Level 2 autonomous driving (highway driving pilot), lane-keeping assist, blind-spot view monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and over-the-air updates.
Platform & Powertrain
Like the Ioniq 5 and 6, the Ioniq 7 uses Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform shared with other Kia and Genesis EVs. It will feature a larger 100-kWh battery pack utilizing new battery chemistry with an estimated range of more than 300 miles (483 km). The 800-volt system will allow DC fast-charging up to 350 kW, with a 10 to 80 percent recharge only taking 18 minutes.
All-wheel-drive will be available, with the dual-motor setup reportedly generating 308 hp (230 kW). Higher output options are likely to be offered too. Here, we could see performance figures eclipse the highly potent Kia EV6 GT and its stealthy 577 horsepower and 740 Newton-meters (546 pound-feet) of torque.
Rivals & Reveal
Rivals will include a Kia version with unique styling and a Telluride-sized footprint. A lot will depend on pricing and exact size, but there are many electric SUVs and crossovers either in the pipeline or already available, including Volkswagen ID.6, Tesla’s Model X, Rivian R1S, BMW iX, Cadillac Lyriq, Fisker Ocean, Audi Q6 e-tron, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll also see the Faraday Future FF91.
The Ioniq 7 will likely be revealed in conceptual guise in the coming months, with the production-spec version arriving in early 2024.
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