Hyundai has launched a new brand for future electric vehicles. As with the premium brand Genesis, the name comes from the existing model, the Ioniq hatchback. Under this brand, Hyundai plans to launch three new electric vehicle models in the next four years.
Two of these will be based on previous Hyundai concept cars. The first, the Ioniq 5, due in 2021, will be based on the Hyundai 45 concept. Unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 45 concept is a retro hatchback. Designers drew inspiration for its creation from the Hyundai Pony, the first car of the South Korean automaker. The concept debuted on the 45th anniversary of Pony’s announcement, hence the name “45”.
The Ioniq 5 will be followed in 2022 by the Ioniq 6 sedan, based on the Hyundai Prophecy concept that debuted earlier this year. Unlike the 45 prototype, the Prophecy has a futuristic look. It is quite possible that this style will be used in mass production at least partially. But rather all, the two main features of the concept – the Prophecy joystick control and the autonomous driving system – will not be embodied in the production model.
A third electric vehicle model, the Ioniq 7, will arrive in 2024. This model is not based on any existing concept car, and Hyundai has not provided details about it other than confirming that it will be a “large SUV.” He can be seen in the teaser image shown above alongside the Hyundai 45 / Ioniq 5 and Hyundai Prophecy / Ioniq 6.
All three Ioniq models will be based on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which will likely also serve as the basis for the Hyundai Genesis and Kia electric vehicles. It should be noted that Hyundai is also planning to use startup Canoo’s skateboard architecture for at least one future electric vehicle.
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