Hyundai has announced the “rebirth of Ioniq”, with the name to now be used for its new all-electric sub-brand, which will officially launch early next year with the debut of the Ioniq 5 mid-size SUV.
The Ioniq name is currently applied to Hyundai’s pioneering small hatchback, which is available with full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains, but it will instead signify the brand’s dedicated zero-emissions models moving forward.
As mentioned, the first cab off the rank will be the Ioniq 5, which will be the production version of the 45 concept revealed at the Frankfurt motor show last September.
In 2022, the Ioniq 6 sedan will arrive, with it based on the Prophecy concept ‘shown’ at March’s cancelled Geneva motor show. As reported, it’s expected to be the spiritual successor to the Ioniq small hatchback, which will not form part of new sub-brand.
The third dedicated all-electric model due in the next four years will be the Ioniq 7, a large SUV that will be released in early 2024. It’s yet to be previewed by a concept.
The Ioniq 6 sedan is expected to be the spiritual successor to the Ioniq small hatchback
Hyundai Australia has confirmed the Ioniq 5 will go on sale locally next year, although it’s yet to lock in plans for the Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 7.
That said, a spokesperson did tell CarsGuide the company “will be working hard to secure all Ioniq models”, as “the technical superiority of the vehicles will be central to our broader plans as a brand”.
A large part of this “technical superiority” will be the Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 7’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which will be shared with Hyundai’s sister brand, Kia.
The dedicated zero-emissions architecture will deliver “fast charging capability and plentiful driving range”, according to Hyundai, and it will allow the interior to be “reimagined” as a “smart living space”, with features such as drawers for a glovebox.