Hyundai Seven concept previews an Ioniq 7 SUV

Published: 17 November 2021

► E-GMP-based SUV concept revealed
► Debuts at 2021 LA motor show
► Previews an Ioniq 7 SUV coming from 2023

Hyundai’s previewing another model for its Ioniq range with this: the Seven concept. It’s a large SUV with a properly futuristic design inside and out, with a focus on ‘hygienically focused functions’ – how very apt for these pandemic-ridden times.

The brand is also trying to coin a new phrase: SUEV, or sport utility electric vehicle. We can’t help pronouncing it like Suez.

Meet the new Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric saloon

hyundai seven front

Anyway, Hyundai has revealed the new concept SUV at the 2021 LA motor show, and we expect to see something encircling a production version Ioniq 7 from 2023 onwards to partner alongside the Prophecy concept-derived Ioniq 6.

Looks properly wacky!

In a good way, to our eye. It’s similar in silhouette to Volvo’s Concept Recharge, with a stretched rear half and a bluff rear end. There are pixelated lights just like the Ioniq 5 front and rear, with a massive glass tailgate. Given it’s a concept, the wheels are enormous and the rear doors are rear-hinged for the best access into the cockpit.

hyundai seven interior

And again, like a concept, the Seven’s cockpit is designed like a lounge, with bench seating that curves around the rear end, as well as big lazy armchairs that move around.

Similar to the Ioniq 5, the interior is also full of recycled and sustainable materials. Mineral plaster and bamboo are applied inside, and the resin used to bond the panels is ‘based on renewable sources that can reduce pollution from the production process.’ Flashes of copper trim can be see, too.

‘Hygienically focused functions’?!

You read that right, yes. There’s a ‘hygiene airflow system’ similar to what you’d find on a commercial aircraft, where little vents in the Seven’s roof rails suck in air into the cabin and out via small vents in the rear wheel arches.

hyundai seven doors open

Hyundai says this, along with UV light sterilisation while the car is empty (like how hospitals use UV light to sterilise wards) helps minimise cross contamination of bacteria and viruses while you’re inside. Certain storage areas have sterilisation functions, too.

What’s under the bodywork?

hyundai seven overhead

Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform. It’s the battery-electric architecture that’s already in service in the brilliant Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, as well as the upcoming GV60. The platform is capable of electric all-wheel drive, with power outputs up to 600bhp according to Hyundai high-ups. Here, Hyundai says the Seven concept is capable of managing 300 miles on a single charge.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches