New 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 7 to complete EV trio
The new seven-seat Hyundai Ioniq 7 will sit above the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 in the sub brand’s line-up, and our exclusive images preview how it could look
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 will be the third model in the brand's Ioniq battery-electric vehicle line-up when it makes its debut, following the Ioniq 6 saloon that is due for launch in 2022 and the Ioniq 5 crossover – Auto Express’s current Car of the Year – that’s already in showrooms.
A previously released shadowy teaser image from Hyundai shows the three cars together, with the Ioniq 5 in the middle giving a sense of how the 6 and 7 models will differ in design and size.
The Ioniq 7 will be based on Hyundai-Kia’s E-GMP scalable platform for electric cars, with the modular architecture’s width and wheelbase length left relatively free. With fewer constraints on these parameters, the size of the battery the large SUV needs to house will be a big determining factor. For reference, the Ioniq 5 crossover’s wheelbase stands at 3,000mm, which is already 235mm longer than Hyundai’s own seven-seat SUV, the Santa Fe.
However, for the Ioniq 7 this could be stretched further still to improve the amount of cabin space. It will also accommodate a larger battery sandwiched in the big machine’s floor, helping to offset the car’s extra weight compared with that of its mid-size sibling. This could offer up to 100kWh of energy, with a development in battery chemistry meaning Hyundai will advance to its fourth-generation technology by 2023, increasing energy density over current set-ups by between 10 and 20 per cent and giving the SUV a range of around 400 miles.
The E-GMP platform’s 800V electronic architecture will equip the Ioniq 7 with 350kW rapid-charge capability, meaning up to 62 miles of range can be added in only five minutes. Given the 7’s positioning as a flagship, though, it could also feature wireless charging. This is a possibility for E-GMP, with Hyundai’s head of Electrification Development Group, Chung Jin-Hwan, highlighting: “It’s in development; we have been resolving many issues that inherently arise with wireless charging.”
Regardless, it’s the platform’s clever use of space that will characterise the Ioniq 7, just as it does in its Ioniq 5 stablemate. The relatively slim battery also allows for a fully flat floor inside the cabin, and with the Ioniq 7’s SUV body delivering a higher seating position, the car should offer an incredible level of space and practicality.
As platform, battery and electric-motor tech become standardised across the line-ups of both Hyundai and sister brand Kia, with many future models to be underpinned by their E-GMP platform, interior design and use of space will increasingly define these different models. For the 7 expect a similar lounge-style treatment to the 5’s, with a greater focus on usability with a luxury edge.
The cabin will be packed with even more connected tech, too, because Hyundai is part of a deal that’ll see a new Nvidia Connected Drive software platform with over-the-air update capability fitted to its new cars from 2022. Expect more advanced autonomous driver-assistance systems as well.
Exterior styling will be in keeping with that of the 5, with bold lines and strong surfaces, while the Ioniq sub-brand’s trademark LED light treatment will also be shared with the firm’s Prophecy concept, a car that gave us a preview of the upcoming Ioniq 6 saloon.
As our exclusive preview images highlight, expect the Ioniq 7 to feature a full-width running-light bar at the front with Parametric Pixel LEDs below. The high bonnet and bluff front end will reinforce the 7’s halo status in the line-up, while with no combustion engine to accommodate, the area underneath the bonnet could offer significant storage capability, including for the car’s charging cables, to further free up boot space. Chunky surfacing down the flanks balances the big glasshouse and merges into a squared-off rear that also features a distinctive LED design.
Given the Ioniq 7’s size, it’s likely that the SUV could use the dual-motor set-up from the Ioniq 5, which currently delivers up to 301bhp and 605Nm of torque, and 4WD capability. In the smaller crossover this is enough for a 5.2-second 0-62mph time, so the largest Ioniq model should still offer adequate performance. However, this tech in Kia’s EV6 GT has been tuned to deliver up to 577bhp, so Hyundai could turn up the wick for the Ioniq 7. Many owners of large SUVs also use their cars for pulling trailers or caravans, and this tech should give the 7 a fair towing capacity regardless of power output; the Ioniq 5 can pull up to 1,600kg.
Hyundai has already confirmed that the Ioniq 7 will arrive in 2024, so it’s expected that the model could break cover in concept form either late this year or early in 2023.
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