According to a report in South Korean media, Hyundai is already planning its second electric model based on the E-GMP after the Ioniq 5 for next year. After that, there will be a one-year break followed by the third model at the beginning of 2024.
The Korean Car Blog reported the plans referring to a conference call with the car manufacturer. As already suspected, the second model based on the E-GMP platform is to be the Ioniq 6, which is said to be inspired by the Hyundai study Prophecy.
Hyundai unveiled the futuristically designed concept sedan in March 2020. At that time, there was already speculation that the production version would replace the Ioniq and that the name Ioniq would change from a simple model designation to the designation for all electric cars manufactured on the E-GMP platform.
It remains to be seen which design elements the production version of the Ioniq 6 will be adopted from the Prophecy – in the case of the Ioniq 5, the basic design language is very similar to the concept car 45 presented at the IAA 2019, but numerous changes have been made in the details on the way to series production. What is already clear, is that the Ioniq 6 is not supposed to be a sedan-shaped knock-off of the angular Ioniq 5. In the run-up to the premiere of the Ioniq 5, the Hyundai design team said they wanted to give each E-GMP model its own character.
With its flatter body and flowing shapes, the sedan’s aerodynamics are said to be better than those of the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 E-CUVs shown so far. The Korean Car Blog speculates on a range of 650 to 700 kilometres but does not say whether this is according to NEDC or WLTP. The report says that as the wheelbase gets longer, more cells can be added. The Ioniq 5 already has a wheelbase of 3.00 metres, while the EV6 has a wheelbase of 2.90 metres.
The Ioniq 7 is then to follow in early 2024. This is supposed to be a “larger SUV”. Or even the first SUV based on the E-GMP, because Hyundai refers to the Ioniq 5 as a CUV, a “crossover utility vehicle”. The article says that 42,000 pre-contracts for the Ioniq 5 had been signed by the end of the first quarter. This is probably the demand from South Korea, as Hyundai reported 236,000 expressions of interest from potential customers in Europe just one week after the presentation of the model.
In total, Hyundai has announced its intention to bring twelve BEV models to market by 2025. The company has not yet confirmed how many of these models will be based on the E-GMP with its system voltage of 800 volts. For the time being, cheaper models will probably continue to rely on the less expensive 400-volt technology.
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