Hyundai Ioniq 7 electric SUV previewed by new SEVEN concept

Ioniq 7 flagship seven-seat electric SUV will arrive in 2024, following the Ioniq 6 EV saloon that’s currently set to arrive in 2022

Hyundai has unveiled the new SEVEN concept at the 2021 Los Angeles Motor show, which provides us with our first look at what the Hyundai Ioniq 7 electric SUV will look like when it arrives in 2024.

Hyundai describes the SEVEN's design as an example of "form following function" and says it "dares to diverge from traditions of the internal-combustion engine era". It is referring to the way it has wheels pushed out to the corners of the car, plus its 3.2-metre long wheelbase, both benefits of the E-GMP platform that it sits on; this was developed for use in electric vehicles and already underpins the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.

Another benefit is the flat floor in the cabin, which maximises the cabin space. All these design cues are likely to be carried over to the production Ioniq 7 when it arrives. 

The SEVEN also features the same 'parametric pixel' light design as the Ioniq 5, with a large array of the square LED lights spanning the length of both the front and rear of the concept. This is expected to appear on the Ioniq 6, too.

Recycled and renewable materials feature strongly in the cabin of the SEVEN, and include mineral plaster, bamboo wood, bio resin and carpet; these could be also carried over to the production Ioniq 7. 

However, many of the concept SUV’s more unusual features, such as the pillarless coach doors, the sofa-like rear seat, and the steering control stick are unlikely to end up in the Ioniq 7. And neither will the SEVEN’s highly customisable seating layout and OLED screen in the roof that can display content or act as an atmospheric display. 

The Ioniq 7 SUV will be third of Hyundai's new-generation electric cars, following on from the current Ioniq 5 hatchback and the forthcoming Ioniq 6 saloon, which will rival the likes of the Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3.

Hyundai says the SEVEN has a target range of more than 300 miles, but didn’t disclose an exact battery size. We expect the production Ioniq 7 will have a capacity of up to 100kWh in order to offer a similar range to other large electric SUVs, such as the BMW iX and Tesla Model X offer, both of which can do in excess of 350 miles on a charge.

The SEVEN does also feature ultra-rapid charging capabilities, and is capable of recharging from 10-80% in about 20 minutes from a fast enough charging point. The Ioniq 7 is likely to use the same 800-volt electrical system as all cars on the Hyundai-Kia electric platform, meaning it'll be also capable of being topped up from a 350kW charging-point

Given the Ioniq 7’s size, the seven-seat SUV could use the dual-motor, four-wheel-drive setup from the Ioniq 5, which currently produces up to 301bhp and 605Nm of torque. However, Kia has tuned the same setup to deliver up to 577bhp in the EV6 GT, so Hyundai has plenty of potential to work with to give the Ioniq 7 an appropriate level of performance in order to match potential rivals like forthcoming Mercedes EQE SUV.

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