Hyundai Seven Previews Future of Electric SUVs
Publicly attended auto shows are slowly coming back online, and major car companies are jumping on board to show off the latest concepts and new vehicles. This week, the Los Angeles Auto Show is taking place, giving brands like Hyundai a global platform to show off. The South Korean automaker has plenty to brag about late in 2021, and among its wares at this year’s show is a new all-electric SUV concept called Seven.
The Seven concept rides on Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which it shares with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Genesis GV60. The platform features a long wheelbase and a flat floor that allows for more interior space while accommodating large battery packs. The SUV’s profile is shaped by aerodynamics, with a low leading edge of the hood, a streamlined roof, and wheels with active flaps that can extend or retract for better brake cooling or drag reduction.
Hyundai says that the E-GMP’s flat floor allows a more free-form interior layout than traditional rows of seating. The vehicle’s pillarless design creates a spacious, airy cabin, especially when the doors are open, as the giant chunks of metal that typically separate the front and rear doors of most cars are not present here. Hyundai’s vision for the car is that the interior space becomes more of a lounge area than a typical passenger area.
The concept Seven’s design draws a direct line to a future where cars drive themselves. A retractable control stick tucks itself away when not needed, and the cockpit features slim screens and integrated displays that hide to create a seamless look. The seats can swivel when the Seven is in autonomous driving mode, allowing the front passengers to face people sitting on the curved bench seat in the back.
Beyond being an electric vehicle, the Seven’s design and construction feature a heavy eye on sustainability and environmental preservation. The exterior color is applied using bio-paint, and interior finishes use hygienically recycled and renewable materials. Hyundai counts plaster, bamboo, bio-resin, and recycled carpeting among the interior materials.
A new “Hygiene Airflow System” functions similarly to the air filtration systems in commercial jets. Air is drawn into the vehicle through intakes in the roof rails and can flow through vents in the cabin. The system works whether or not the car is in motion and can reduce cross-contamination of air between passengers. It can also isolate airflow between people in the front and rear of the vehicle.
Hyundai is mum on most details relating to the Seven’s powertrain and specs, but the automaker says that it’s targeting a range of over 300 miles for the SUV. The automaker says ultra-fast charging is a priority, and using a 350-kW charger, Seven should be able to charge from 10 to 80 percent in around 20 minutes.
Hyundai is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on November 17, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.