Hyundai took the stage today at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil its latest electric creation, a concept that previews the production IONIQ 7 SUV with a futuristic look, a spacious interior and, of course, a fully electric powertrain. This concept is built on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform and promises to emulate the comforts found in the Palisade, enhanced with new technologies in a roomy interior crafted with sustainable materials.
Powertrain and Range
Although Hyundai hasn’t released the details about specific horsepower ratings and other technical bits that will be in charge of moving this concept, it does boast a target range of 300 miles (482 kilometres). Considering the IONIQ 5 churns out 232 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque when fitted with the dual-motor configuration, we can hope that this future IONIQ 7 will be able to bump up those figures.
Fast charging is also promised with the ability to go from 10 percent to 80 percent in about 20 minutes with a 350 kW charger.
A Spacious, Lounge-Like and Autonomous-Ready Interior
The concept SEVEN is quite imposing. For instance, the IONIQ 5 already has an impressive wheelbase for its compact size with 3 metres, but the SEVEN adds a bit of length to reach 3.2 metres in total, surpassing the Palisade’s metric in this regard.
This “flat floor” platform opens up possibilities inside. The wide, pillarless coach-style doors on this concept innovate in terms of presentation and passenger experience. They open up to an interior that looks more like a lounge than your usual row-divided cabin. Hyundai strongly emphasizes autonomous driving with the SEVEN, with a driver’s seat that features a retractable control stick that tucks away when the driver takes a break. The front seats combine with the rear “chaise lounge” seating to create a rolling living room.
All in all, it promises a driver-focused environment when it’s being operated by a human, and more of a social gathering spot when the autonomous systems take over, in an interior fitted with a mini-fridge and “on the go and shoe-care compartments” that can refresh passengers’ footwear…
Safe and Sanitized
Scientific terms like “cross-contamination” and “sterilization” have become buzzwords in the last two years. And with that in mind, Hyundai included public health-focused elements to ensure passenger safety in that regard. No, the SEVEN doesn’t include sanitization stations and procedure mask dispensers, but rather a Hygiene Airflow System inspired by that of passenger aircrafts.
The ventilation system has a mode where the air can travel inside the SEVEN from above to below and exit through exterior vents behind the wheel, this aims to reduce cross-contamination among passengers and to isolate the airflow between front and rear. A UVC Sterilization system activates once the vehicle is empty to clear surfaces from bacteria.
We should have access to more details in the next months regarding this SEVEN concept and the IONIQ 7 model it should give birth to.