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News Hyundai Introduces IONIQ As Its EV Sub-Brand

Hyundai Introduces IONIQ As Its EV Sub-Brand

Hyundai spins off IONIQ as its own unique brand dedicated to EVs and a connected lifestyle.


  • Hyundai will introduce three new IONIQ models over the next four years.

  • The first will be the IONIQ 5 midsize SUV in early 2021.

  • All vehicles will use the E-GMP platform.


Hyundai is in the midst of spreading its wings with yet another sub-brand spinoff. This time, they will give IONIQ, which is a mix “ion” and “unique”, its own portfolio of vehicles, all of them entirely electric. Hyundai transformed the London Eye into a giant letter “Q” using electric lights to make the announcement.

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Back in 2016, Hyundai introduced the IONIQ, the first single model to ever be offer in a choice of three electrified powertrain options – hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric. This was only the beginning of the IONIQ project in support of Hyundai’s vision of “Progress for Humanity”.

Hyundai IONIQ | Photo: Hyundai

“The IONIQ brand will change the paradigm of EV customer experience,” said Wonhong Cho, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor Company. “With a new emphasis on connected living, we will offer electrified experiences integral to an eco-friendly lifestyle.”

Three new models will come from IONIQ, all of them will be numerically named. The first will be the IONIQ 5, a midsize SUV, expected to launch in early 2021. It will be based on the 45 concept. In 2022, the IONIQ 6 sedan, inspired by the Prophecy concept will arrive. Finally, the IONIQ 7, a large SUV, is expected by early 2024. All will be based on the EV-dedicated E-GMP platform that will allow Hyundai to reimagine the vehicle interior as “smart living space”.

Hyundai IONIQ | Photo: Hyundai

Hyundai’s goal, with IONIQ, is to become the world’s third-largest automaker of eco-friendly vehicles by 2025. They intend on selling 1 million battery electric vehicles and take a 10% share in the global EV field.

Hyundai IONIQ | Photo: Hyundai

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