Hyundai Ioniq 7 set for 2023 introduction


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The Hyundai Ioniq 7 seven-seat SUV will go into production in 2023 as Hyundai’s third model from Ioniq sub-brand.

Hyundai’s next all-electric Ioniq model following on from the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 is, unsurprisingly, set to be the Ioniq 7.

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Previewed by the Ioniq Seven Concept at last year’s Los Angeles Motor Show, Hyundai has made no secret of its plans to put the spacious seven-seater into production.

However, talking about the Ioniq family at the Busan Motor Show, Hyundai’s vice-president of design Simon Loasby said, “We have an SUV coming, we have the Ioniq 7.”

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Although we won’t see the production version of the 7 for a while, Loasby’s comments reveal that the boxy MPV concept car is likely to have been tweaked for production to take on more of an SUV look.

With the tall, squared-off look of the concept car, it would be relatively easy to move the production 7 more towards an SUV shape with bigger wheels, some wheel arch cladding and a more sloping roof, akin to the Audi A2’s roofline that was referenced by Loasby when the concept car was revealed.

With sales of seven-seat MPVs in decline and SUVs continuing to grow in popularity, it makes sense for Hyundai’s next all-electric car to follow that trend and take on a more rugged look. However, many of the concepts’ unique and highly praised details, including its use of pixel lights at the front and back, plus the novel all-glass rear door, are expected to be carried over to the production car.

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The unusual lounge-like interior of the concept is likely to be replaced by a more traditional seven or eight-seat layout, although with a few unique twists in keeping with Hyundai’s ‘living space’ theme.

We don’t expect to see the final Ioniq 7 production car revealed until closer to its on-sale date in 2023.

Steve Fowler


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