The all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are set to arrive in the coming months, but at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, the family companies will debut the next phase of their electrification efforts: a pair of huge, all-electric SUVs. The Hyundai Seven concept is a preview of a future SUV that will eventually join Hyundai’s Ioniq all-electric sub-brand.
Two additional concepts of electric vehicles preceded the Seven: the 45 concepts, which evolved into the Ioniq 5, and the Prophecy, which is projected to become the Ioniq 6 sedan. The Seven ideas is a less obscure forerunner to the Ioniq 7. The idea, while far from production-ready, offers a glimpse of the future SUV’s style, size, and range.
The Seven concepts, like the Ioniq 5, is based on Hyundai’s E-GMP electric platform. The SUV features a 126-inch wheelbase, which is longer than the 114.2-inch wheelbase of the Hyundai Palisade (the brand’s largest SUV). The SUV has a low hood, flat roofline, and wheels with active air flaps that can deploy and retract, according to Hyundai. The entire front and rear lighting of this SUV, including the headlights and a wraparound light strip in the back, is made up of the pixelated lighting seen in Hyundai’s prior concept vehicles.
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The cabin of the Seven is geared up for completely autonomous driving behind the coach-style doors. The vehicle’s lounge seating, according to Hyundai, is meant to resemble a living room, and instead of standard seating, swivel chairs make up the first two rows, with a bench seat at the back.
The Seven also has built-in features such as a minifridge and a shoe-cleaning compartment. The Hyundai Seven does not have a steering wheel, instead opting for a retractable control stick that can be hidden when not in use. The driver’s eyes can stray to the car’s “Smart Hub” user interface or panoramic roof screen because they don’t have to stay on the road in a fully autonomous vehicle. These interior components are unlikely to make it into production because no vehicles currently offer the true self-driving capability.
Clorox wipes are no longer required to be kept in the glove box according to the Seven ideas. In addition to antibacterial materials such as copper and hygienically treated fabric, the SUV has a hygienic airflow system inspired by passenger jets, as well as a sanitation system to keep occupants germ-free. To separate airflow between front and back passengers, the air system operates in vertical and horizontal modes. A sterilization system cleans high-touch surfaces like the control stick, storage drawer, and speakers while the car is empty.
Hyundai claims the Seven concepts has a range of over 300 miles and a DC fast-charging capacity that can charge the SUV from 10% to 80% in around 20 minutes with a 350-kilowatt charger. Depending on how much of the “over” 300 miles of range is implemented in the production model, the Ioniq 7 could compete with Tesla and other EVs with the longest range.