Expected to debut in the coming months, final prototypes have been spied on German roads.
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 has been caught testing on German roads while wearing thick camouflage. The last time we saw the mule was in a parking lot, but it appears the Korean marque is deep into on-road development, and the project is right on track for its projected 2024 launch.
The electric three-row SUV segment is in its relative infancy with the Kia EV9 - the Ioniq 7's corporate cousin - being the only entry on sale so far. It's been joined by the Lucid Gravity as of yesterday, and we know the likes of Toyota have plans to build competitors in this segment stateside.
Hyundai is also tapping into the segment with the Ioniq 7, the production version of the Seven concept unveiled at the AutoMobility LA in 2021.
The front fascia gets what appears to be vertical headlights below the daytime running lights (DRLs), the latter of which are expected to retain their pixelated aesthetic from the concept. This lightning cluster layout is adopted by other Hyundai models, such as the Staria, a compact minivan sold outside the US. The curved roof was also exposed in broad daylight, looking faithful to the concept. The rear part is still heavily disguised, though it won't adopt the Seven Concept's taillights at the bottom of the tailgate.
The three-row Ioniq 7 is the Hyundai version of the Kia EV9. Both models are underpinned by Hyundai Motor Company's E-GMP platform, which also underpins the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6. As such, we can expect similar powertrain options in the Hyundai model as the Kia's three-row contender.
For reference, US-spec Kia EV9 is available with options for a 76.1 kWh battery and a 99.8 kWh battery. The entry-level Light, with a 76.1 kWh battery and a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) layout, provides an EPA-rated range of 230 miles. When paired with the larger battery option, the range increases to 304 miles.
The 99.8 kWh battery could also be coupled to an all-wheel drive (AWD) configuration, offering an EPA-rated range of up to 280 miles, depending on the variant.
We expect a reveal of the Ioniq 7 before the middle of next year, with arrival in the US for the 2025 model year. Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis is likely to follow with its own version thereafter, reported to be called the GV90.