by Karl Furlong
There are few better family vehicles than the three-row Hyundai Palisade, and that's why we have incredibly high hopes for the Korean marque's first three-row electric SUV, the Ioniq 7. Previewed by the Seven concept, the Ioniq 7 is expected to come with a lounge-like interior and futuristic styling. Based on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that will be shared with the Kia EV9, the Ioniq 7 has a targeted range of over 300 miles. Based on the performance of the smaller Ioniq 5, we also expect the Ioniq 7 to be quite speedy despite its size. This is Hyundai supersizing its electric expertise, and we can't wait to see the end result.
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While we don't know exactly when the new EV will be coming out, we expect the release date for the Hyundai Ioniq 7 to be in 2024. Hopefully, this means a reveal will happen before the end of 2023.
The price of the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 7 is still some way off from being confirmed. However, owing to its advanced tech, we expect it to be quite a bit more expensive than the three-row Palisade. Look for the new Ioniq 7's MSRP to begin at almost $50,000, but this could easily reach over $60,000 for higher trims.
Among rivals, we can expect the Kia EV9 to cost around the same and to be the Ioniq 7's closest competitor.
Based on previous teasers, the exterior of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will likely make it the largest vehicle to come from the Korean marque yet. That should provide plenty of space for occupants in all three rows, although as we'll see lower down, the Seven concept's interior isn't limited to traditional seating rows.
The Seven concept showcased a futuristic design with a steeply raked windshield and flat, uninterrupted surfaces. What does give the shape drama is the use of lighting, with Parametric Pixel lights delivering an animated Welcome Light Sequence and also giving the SUV a unique look during the day. It seems like the production model will use the same lighting, although possibly toned down to some extent.
The concept has pillarless coach doors that would make ingress and egress a breeze, but we expect conventional doors to replace these for the production Ioniq 7.
We don't know how large the wheels are, but expect 22-inch items or similar for the priciest trims. Those wheels are pushed as far outwards as possible to extend the wheelbase and free up as much space inside as possible. The wheels of the concept come with Active Air Flaps that deploy or detract based on brake-cooling or low-drag requirements, another feature that may not make it to production.
Further adding to the airiness in the cabin is a large glass roof.
The colors of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 aren't known yet, although the concept was finished in an unusual green. Hyundai's other modern EV, the Ioniq 5, comes with a rather reserved color palette that includes Lucid Blue, Atlas White, Phantom Black, Digital Teal, and Cyber Gray. At least some of these colors are likely to be offered for the larger Ioniq 7.
Not all the dimensions of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 have been revealed, but this is clearly going to be a large vehicle with a sizable footprint. Take the wheelbase alone, for example. Hyundai says that the concept's wheelbase is just under 126 inches long - that's around ten inches longer than the Palisade's wheelbase, and longer than the wheelbase of the Cadillac Escalade.
The Palisade has a length/width/height of 196.7/77.8/68.9 inches respectively, and we expect the Ioniq 7 to be larger than that.
The 2024 Ioniq 7 won't be light either; the much smaller Ioniq 5 already surpasses 4,600 pounds in all-wheel-drive guise, so we expect the heaviest Ioniq 7 to reach around 5,500 lbs.
Hyundai has remained tight-lipped about what outputs we can expect from the Ioniq 7, or even how many motors it could have. A likely configuration will be dual electric motors enabling all-wheel drive, but as a rear-wheel-drive Ioniq 5 with one motor is available, perhaps the Ioniq 7 will come with an option like this as well.
The Ioniq 5 makes up to 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque, and that's before the expected Ioniq 5 N with close to 600 hp. However, the larger Ioniq 7 is more of a practical, luxury-focused vehicle, so we're not convinced an N variant with tire-shredding performance will be a high priority - such a prospect seems at odds with the serene, lounge-like interior. Still, we anticipate that more powerful versions will be able to go from 0-60 mph in under six seconds, so it'll hardly be slow.
Hyundai is targeting a range on a full charge of over 300 miles. To achieve that in such a heavy vehicle, it will need to have quite a large battery, potentially one with a capacity of around 100 kWh.
What we do know is that the same fast-charging capabilities of the Ioniq 5 will extend to the Ioniq 7. That means it will be compatible with a 350-kW charger, and the concept's battery can be replenished from 10% to 80% in approximately 20 minutes.
Currently, there are no other three-row electric SUVs of this size on sale in the USA, making it difficult to button down any benchmark MPGe ratings that the new Hyundai Ioniq 7 SUV would need to beat. There is the Tesla Model X, of course, but we expect the Ioniq 7 to be quite a bit larger than this. For what it's worth, the three-row Model X can achieve 107/97/102 MPGe city/highway/combined.
The interior of the Hyundai Ioniq 7 would likely have to undergo quite a transformation for production as the concept has a distinctively space-age layout. Hyundai has thrown around the phrase "lounge-like" many times, but that genuinely does a fine job of describing a comfortable, spacious, and highly flexible layout.
Thanks to the E-GMP platform, the Seven concept has a flat floor that has allowed Hyundai to eschew a more conventional seating layout. The seats in the Hyundai Ioniq 7 probably won't be able to move around as much, and nor do we expect the driver's retractable control stick to be used. That rear curved bench seat does look extremely comfortable, though. All of these seating options exist because the Seven concept is the company's vision of autonomous mobility in the future.
In terms of technology, the Seven concept is quite something. It has a Universal Island and Smart Hub, along with a movable console that contains a massive 27-inch display, but even that is dwarfed by the 77-inch roof display.
The thinking behind these displays is that the concept can be used to transform the inside of the SUV into a personal workspace or even a theater. A built-in mini fridge and dazzling side-door ambient lighting are highlights of the concept that could more easily make it to the production model.
Hyundai has incorporated numerous technologies for a post-pandemic era such as its Hygiene Airflow System. Drawing inspiration from cabin air management systems in passenger aircrafts, the system controls the flow of air as it reaches passengers and removes used air with high efficiency. There's a Vertical Mode whereby the air is taken in via built-in air vents in the roof rails, and a Horizontal Mode sees the air flow more conventionally from the dashboard to the rear vents.
The focus on hygiene continues with the UVC Sterilization system which steralizes the interior after passengers exit with special sanitizing UVC lights. There are even shoe-care compartments in the concept that can refresh occupants' footwear.
In terms of materials, the concept makes use of Mineral Plaster, Bamboo Wood & Carpet, Bio Resin and Interior Paint on renewable sources, as well as Copper and Hygienically Treated Fabric.
It's not clear how much cargo space the Hyundai Ioniq 7 will have, but its size should contribute to it being quite practical.
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