Korean car maker Hyundai has confirmed it will launch a trio of new Hyundai Ioniq electric cars starting from 2021, based on two familiar concepts and one still to be shown.
The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV (more a jacked-up hatch) will appear early next year, based on the 45 concept shown in 2019, and the company's local arm has confirmed an Australian launch will occur in the months to follow.
The 5 has been spied testing a number of times in recent months, and while a thin layer of camouflage obscures its finer styling details, it is clear the jacked-up electric hatch's overall shape will not stray far from the concept's original look.
Although it has the appearance of a small car, leaked details published overseas suggest the Ioniq 5 will have interior space to rival the Santa Fe, which could make it a good option for small families.
Above: the 45 concept in camouflaged prototype form, and the original show car
In 2022, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric sedan will make its world debut, based on the Prophecy concept unveiled in March of this year.
The initial line-up will be rounded out by the Ioniq 7 electric large SUV, which has still to be previewed in concept form – except for the shadowy show car shown in this story, behind the 45 and Prophecy concepts.
Although the 5 is confirmed for an Australian debut, the 6 and 7 are yet to be locked in for our market.
And, with the 5 likely to follow models like the Nissan Leaf in carrying a significant price premium over similarly-sized models, the 6 and 7 may even prove too expensive for a sub-premium brand to offer in Australia – although the upcoming Genesis electric range could be a more obvious fit in those size classes.
Above: the Prophecy concept, yet to be spied in prototype testing
All next-generation Ioniq models will ride on a new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), setting them apart from the electric Kona and the existing Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric models.
That architecture will allow for high-speed charging capability and "plentiful" driving range – although neither of Hyundai's existing EVs is disappointing in that respect. In its current form, the Ioniq Electric offers a decent 311 kilometres of range off one charge, while the taller Kona Electric bumps that number up to 449km.
Above: If Hyundai's promises of a future-focused cabin are to be believed, the Prophecy concept's interior may not be far from the final look
Beyond charging and range, the E-GMP platform also promises an interior developed around a "smart living space" concept, offering "highly adjustable seats", wireless connectivity – and a glove box space designed as a set of drawers. Living space, indeed.
The Hyundai Motor Group – which encompasses the Hyundai, Genesis and Kia brands, aims to sell 560,000 battery electric vehicles in 2025 – with its eyes set on becoming the world's third-largest maker of "eco-friendly vehicles" (including hydrogen FCEV models).
Toyota has also targeted 500,000 EV sales in 2025, while the Volkswagen group expects to build 1.5 million EVs in 2025 – and the first model in its electrified I.D. range is expected to hit Australia by 2022, giving Hyundai Australia a headstart in the process.
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