The Ioniq 7 is set to be a flagship model within Hyundai’s all-electric range
An all-electric, seven-seat SUV is being readied for production by Hyundai and it’ll be called the Ioniq 7. It will also be the third EV under the Ioniq subbrand, following the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6.
We’ve already seen the Ioniq 7 in concept form via the Ioniq Seven shown at last year’s Los Angeles Motor Show. The concept’s design looks to invoke stylistic elements already seen on the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6.
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If the Ioniq 7 stays true to its concept (which the Ioniq 5 and 6 certainly did), then we’ll see a boxy, high-riding SUV with a full-width LED headlight bar at the front, joined by two matrix-style lights lower down on the bluff front end.
To the side, there should be some rather wide wheel arches draped over a bespoke set of alloy wheels for the Ioniq 7. The bonnet line should also be more curved to help with drag coefficient. An upswept window line towards the rear pillar is something we’ll see on its sister car, the upcoming EV9. This and the large glass rear hatch could still make it to production if the latest teaser images are to be believed.
The final car isn’t going to feature such an extreme interior as seen on the concept, so rear-opening doors and the boldly minimalist design won’t be carried over. There will be plenty of impressive technology on board, however, with the Ioniq 7 potentially taking the two 12-inch screen set up from the Ioniq 6, along with digital wing mirrors and extensive customisation for driving modes.
We could yet see a new battery pack powering the Ioniq 7. A 77.4kWh unit is the largest battery you’ll find in the Ioniq 5 and 6, but with the size and aerodynamic inefficiency of the Ioniq 7, a larger battery may be used to make sure the range stays appropriately for this flagship EV.
Hyundai recently announced its next-generation of EV platforms, eS and eM, will hit the road in 2026. This could mean the Ioniq 7 will be the most technologically advanced model to sit on the current E-GMP platform, which Hyundai has previously stated can offer a battery capacity over 100kWh.
As for a hot N model, the only Hyundai EV that has an N variant is still the Ioniq 5 N, although the Ioniq 6 N could potentially be previewed by the RN22e concept. The Ioniq 7 probably won’t make for the ideal basis of a sporty N car with its size and weight.
We still haven’t seen the Ioniq 7 testing so don’t expect to see the final production car revealed until closer to its on-sale date in 2023.
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