New Hyundai Seven Concept is a Large Lounge-Style Electric SUV
A retractable joystick replaces the steering wheel, for example, and instead of a conventional dashboard, an elegant digital control panel spans the entire width of the cabin – an evolution of the configuration illustrated in the Prophecy concept – while a huge OLED screen in the ceiling serves as a sort of virtual sunroof with customizable displays.
With the front seats facing rearward, the Seven transforms into a mobile living room, with ambient lighting provided by distinctive tube-shaped devices in the door panels, a built-in refrigerator, and even dedicated shoe care compartments. . Which of these, if any, will go into production remains unclear, but Hyundai design boss SangYup Lee said the Seven “paves the way for what an SUV must become in the age of electric vehicles, ”suggesting that a similar ethic will be applied to production cars.
The ‘bio-paint’ exterior finish, recycled interior materials and emphasis on hygiene are also representative of Hyundai’s broader approach to sustainability. For example, an aircraft-inspired airflow system works horizontally or vertically to reduce cross-contamination between passengers, and once the vehicle is empty, UV lamps pass over all surfaces to eradicate bacteria and viruses.
The Ioniq 7 will ultimately be technically similar – in terms of drivetrain – to the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, the first production cars to use the E-GMP platform. Its 800V charging functionality will make it compatible with the fastest EV chargers on the market – the Seven has a claimed 20-minute charge time of 10% to 80% capacity – and Hyundai is aiming for a range of over 300 miles, who if transported upgrading to the Ioniq 7 would make it a close match for their rivals.