Hyundai's electrified lineup will expand rapidly within the next two years.
Like many automakers right now, Hyundai is making a big push for electrification to comply with stricter emissions regulations. But what sets Hyundai apart is that it's one of few automakers that already sells hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric, and fuel cell vehicles in addition to traditional combustion-powered models.
By the end of 2022, Hyundai's electrified lineup will expand to ten models, including seven SUVs and three passenger cars. Hybrid models will include the new Elantra, Sonata, Santa Fe, and Tucson, while the Santa Fe and Tucson will also get the plug-in hybrid treatment. The Nexo will continue to be Hyundai's sole fuel cell offering.
Currently, the Kona Electric is the only fully electric model Hyundai sells, but it will be joined by two new EVs by the end of 2022.
These two new EVs will be sold under Hyundai's new Ioniq electric brand announced back in August. We know that Hyundai plans to launch at least three Ioniq vehicles, and two of them will arrive by the end of 2022: the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6. The Ioniq 5 will be a retro-inspired crossover based on the boldly-styled Hyundai 45 concept. Spy photos have shown the styling will be toned down for the production version, but we're confident Hyundai's new Tesla rival will still be a very handsome EV. The production version is expected to deliver a range of around 280 miles.
The Ioniq 6, on the other hand, will be inspired by the curvaceous Prophecy Concept. Hyundai has been on a roll lately with stunning new models like the next-generation Sonata and Tucson, and the new Ioniq range looks like it will continue this trend. The Ioniq 5 and 6 will be joined by the Ioniq 7 in 2024, which will take the form of a large electric SUV.
"We're not only developing the vehicles our customers need now, we're also envisioning smart mobility solutions for pressing environmental and transportation needs of the future. Ultimately, this full spectrum of new technologies will promote a planet-friendly, zero-emission ecosystem as part of our 'Progress for Humanity' global vision," said Olabisi Boyle, vice president of Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America.