In 2015, Hyundai officially created a sub-brand for its luxury vehicles, Genesis. It was a spin-off from one of the most exciting Hyundai vehicles then, the Genesis Coupe. It was a good decision for Hyundai, we reckon, as Genesis continues to soar in sales particularly in the US.
Five years on, the South Korean automaker is on the same path it took before. This time, it's for the marque's future battery electric vehicles, which will be under a new sub-brand called Ioniq.
If it isn't obvious, the Ioniq name came from Hyundai's line of hybrid and electric vehicles that come in four-door fastback form. The nameplate will now move forward as an official Hyundai sub-brand that will offer "customer-centric EV experiences."
Apart from the special light show at the London Eye to celebrate the occasion, Hyundai also announced three upcoming new models under Ioniq. The Ioniq 5 will be the first of the three – a midsize crossover EV that's based on the Hyundai 45 Concept that debuted last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It's slated to come out in early 2021, which explains the prototype sightings this year.
The next EV model is the Ioniq 6 saloon, which is based on the strikingly-designed Prophecy concept that was previewed during the first quarter of this year. The Ioniq 6 will debut in 2022.
Lastly, the Ioniq 7 SUV will be the largest of the first EV trifecta under the new sub-brand and will come out by early 2024. Of note, the numerical naming scheme of the new Ioniq models follows a pattern – odd numbers for SUVs, even numbers for saloons.
The new Ioniq models will also sit on a new platform called the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). E-GMP will allow fast-charging and "plentiful" driving range, though Hyundai didn't disclose specifics regarding this matter.
Hyundai touts that the new Ioniq cars will have a "smart living space" that has highly-adjustable seats, wireless connectivity, and unique features like a glove box designed as drawers.
Hyundai launched the Ioniq sub-brand to support its Strategy 2025 wherein the South Korean automaker aims to sell 560,000 battery-electric vehicles on top of FCEV sales. This will enable the automaker to become the world's third-largest automaker of eco-friendly vehicles by 2025.
Hyundai Motor Announces IONIQ Brand Dedicated to EVs, Opening New Chapter for Customer-Centric EV Experiences
SEOUL, August 10, 2020 – Hyundai Motor Company today announced the launch of its new IONIQ brand dedicated to battery electric vehicles, opening a new chapter as a leader in the era of electrified mobility. Under the IONIQ brand, Hyundai will offer customer centric EV experiences centered on connected lifestyle solutions in line with Hyundai’s vision of ‘Progress for Humanity’.
Under the IONIQ brand, Hyundai Motor will leverage its industry-leading manufacturing know-how in EVs to introduce three new dedicated models over the next four years with more innovative models to follow. The creation of IONIQ brand is in response to fast-growing market demand and accelerates Hyundai’s plan to lead the global EV market.
To fulfill IONIQ’s brand mission, Hyundai will combine its current EV capabilities – such as ultra-fast charging, spacious interior, and battery-supplied power – with future innovations that combine design, technologies and services to integrate in-car and out-of-car experiences for a seamless journey.
“The IONIQ brand will change the paradigm of EV customer experience,” said Wonhong Cho, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor Company. “With a new emphasis on connected living, we will offer electrified experiences integral to an eco-friendly lifestyle.”
Rebirth of IONIQ
Hyundai first introduced the term IONIQ, which fuses “ion” and “unique”, when it announced Project IONIQ, a long-term research and development project focused on eco-friendly mobility. Based on the project, Hyundai in 2016 introduced a vehicle named IONIQ, the world’s first and only model to offer a choice of three electrified powertrain options – hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid and battery electric – within a single body type. Now, IONIQ represents Hyundai’s growing commitment to sustainability and innovation and will be instrumental in achieving the company’s clean mobility goals.
IONIQ brand was conceived to fuse life changing mobility with environmental performance and has so far been in instrumental in delivering progress electrified. IONIQ will continue to create a new balance in clean mobility synchronizing eco-products within an eco-system of lifestyle solutions bringing connected living to a new generation.
IONIQ 5 / IONIQ 6 / IONIQ 7
Hyundai will be launching a range of numerically named EVs under the new brand, with the even numbers used for sedans and the odd numbers for SUVs.
The first model under the IONIQ brand will be the IONIQ 5 midsize CUV that will launch in early 2021. IONIQ 5 is based on the concept EV ‘45’, which Hyundai unveiled at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2019 in Frankfurt as a homage to its very first concept car. IONIQ 5’s designers took inspiration from the past and integrated it with cutting-edge parametric pixels, a unique design element that Hyundai designers will continue to incorporate into future IONIQ models.
In 2022, Hyundai will introduce IONIQ 6 sedan, which is based on the company’s latest concept EV ‘Prophecy’, unveiled in March; followed by IONIQ 7, a large SUV in early 2024. Prophecy’s iconic exterior design is characterized by its aerodynamic silhouette of perfect proportions.
Likewise, IONIQ vehicles’ designs will have a common theme of ‘Timeless Value’. The vehicles will be inspired by past models, but they will be a bridge to the future.
IONIQ brand models will sit on an Electric Global Modular Platform, known as E-GMP, that will enable fast charging capability and plentiful driving range.
The EV-dedicated platform will allow Hyundai to reimagine the vehicle interior as “smart living space” with highly adjustable seats, wireless connectivity and unique features such as a glove box designed as drawers. The platform paradigm shift will extend into the user interfaces that will be simple, intuitive and ergonomically designed to help occupants feel at ease.
Hyundai Motor Group recently announced that the group aims to sell 1 million units of battery electric vehicles and take 10 percent share to become a leader in the global EV field by 2025.
Under Strategy 2025, Hyundai Motor Company itself aims to become the world's third-largest automaker of eco-friendly vehicles by 2025, with 560,000 BEV sales in addition to FCEV sales.
The launch of the IONIQ brand dedicated to EV models reinforces the company’s commitment to clean mobility and reflects its ongoing transformation as a Smart Mobility Solution Provider with zero-emissions solutions.
London Eye Event: IONIQ Campaign
Hyundai has celebrated the launch of IONIQ by turning the London Eye into a giant letter “Q” using electric lights just before the official reopening of the famous attraction.
This marks the first event of the ‘I’m in Charge’ brand campaign, which promotes empowerment of the environment and diverse lifestyles through IONIQ.
With the otherwise bustling city of London having come to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hyundai is bringing new energy into the city by lighting up and turning one of its most iconic sights once again.
By announcing the arrival of IONIQ, Hyundai’s light installation heralds a new era of electrified mobility that puts customers at the center.