The company's all-out EV assault continues.
Hyundai delivered a raft of new details about its all-new Ioniq 5 hatchback earlier this week. Set to go on sale this fall, the Ioniq 5 will be joined in the coming few years by the Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 7. As part of Hyundai's official Ioniq 5 presentation, it also revealed a few key details about its future siblings.
The Ioniq 6, as we know, was previewed by the Prophecy concept, meaning it'll be a slick-looking midsize sedan about the size of a Sonata with four-door coupe styling. It'll be powered by a 73-kWh battery pack and two powertrains will be offered totaling 215 horsepower (with the 160-kW single motor) and 308 hp (with the 230-kW dual-motor).
A 300-mile+ range on a full charge is the target and a reveal in late 2022 is scheduled. Hyundai further confirmed it will replace the aging Ioniq plug-in and EV. The family-focused Ioniq 7 can be compared in size to the midsize SUV Palisade. It will come with three rows of seats for up to seven passengers with optional second-row captain's chairs.
It'll only come with a dual-motor setup, meaning 308 hp as standard. Equally important is that it'll come with a 100-kWh battery pack whereas the Ioniq 5 has a 77-kWh unit. It too will deliver over 300 miles of range on a full charge.
Hyundai noted in its media presentation that "trucks and SUVs have taken over the US market, now representing nearly 80 percent share. Any OEM serious about electrification can't afford to ignore this segment shift."
Unlike Ford and Chevrolet, Hyundai does not have any immediate plans to launch an all-electric truck though it's something we shouldn't rule out further down the road. Having a three-row pure battery-electric SUV will help elevate Hyundai to a currently very exclusive club only consisting of luxury brands like Audi and BMW. No indication was given regarding pricing for either upcoming EV, but as is always the case with Hyundai, expect very competitive figures that'll rattle the management of rivals.
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