Hyundai has confirmed that it will launch a “three row, mid-size” pure-electric SUV in 2024, called the Ioniq 7. It’ll sit above the recently launched Ioniq 5, providing fresh competition for the likes of the Tesla Model X.
Hyundai hasn’t released much information about the Ioniq 7. The only vague image we have to go off is a depiction from the cover of the company’s 2021 investor presentation, which shows an imposing SUV silhouette in the background.
Like all of the Hyundai Group’s next-generation electric vehicles, the Ioniq 7 will be based on the scaleable E-GMP underpinnings. That means it should share its electric powertrains with the Ioniq 5 hatchback, the most powerful of which features an electric motor on each axle for a combined output of 231kW and 605Nm.
The Ioniq 7 will also feature Hyundai’s 800-volt charging architecture. If it’s available with the same 58kWh and 73kWh battery packs, a 10-80 per cent recharge from a 350kW DC rapid charger should take just 17 minutes. When connected to a more accessible 50kW feed, both batteries can be fully recharged in less than an hour.
The extra seating row will provide enough space inside for seven passengers, with the E-GMP platform allowing Hyundai to maximise space inside, so the 7 could be more spacious than rival internal combustion engined or hybrid rivals.
The rest of the Ioniq 7’s interior will likely be carried over from the Ioniq 5, sharing a similar climate control panel and the same 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. The seats could also use the same eco-friendly polyester resin upholstery
Before we see the Ioniq 7, Hyundai will launch a new electric saloon called the Ioniq 6, which will use the Prophecy concept as a starting point. It’s due to arrive next year as a rival for the BMW i4 – and sources close to Hyundai say the production model will be “very similar” to the concept.