Hyundai has decided to accelerate the development of the flagship model of the Ioniq electric sub-brand – the large Ioniq 7 crossover. Previously it was assumed that it would debut no earlier than 2024, but judging by recent insider data, the car will be released to the global market in early 2023. The desire to quickly replenish the Ioniq line with a large all-terrain vehicle is dictated by the commercial success of such a form factor, sources believe.
Hyundai has already shown the flagship Ioniq 7, but so far only on the teaser and in the form of a concept. Last November, the Koreans brought a show car called Seven with swing doors and futuristic “Parametric Pixels” based on the firstborn of the line – Ioniq 5 to the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The “seventh” concept car is based on the E-GMP architecture. Electric-Global Modular Platform, which underlies the electric novelties of Hyundai and Kia. The wheelbase of the Ioniq 7 is 3.2 meters, which is about 30 centimeters more than that of the Hyundai Palisade.
The E-GMP platform supports 350-kilowatt charging. It will be possible to charge the crossover battery from 10 to 80 percent in 20 minutes, and the power reserve of the “commercial” version, according to unconfirmed reports, may exceed 600 kilometers. Earlier, the serial crossover was promised an air suspension, a third-level autopilot, and a set of advanced electronic assistants.
Hyundai Ioniq 7 will be technically identical to the large crossover Kia — EV9, which spies have already photographed during road tests. A novelty with an almost five-meter distance from bumper to bumper will also be released next year. The EV9 show car also received doors that open against the course of movement, but it is already known that the production version will get the traditional ones: probably the same simplification awaits the Ioniq 7.