Hyundai plotting smaller Ioniq models

Hyundai's e-GMP cars keep getting bigger, but it won't stay that way forever. The Ioniq 3 and 4 are in the works.

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The Ioniq 5 and 6 are big, and the Ioniq 7 will be bigger again – but there are e-GMP electric city cars coming from Hyundai.

That’s according to the brand’s head of styling, Simon Loasby, who spoke with CarExpert on the back of the Ioniq 6 reveal in Korea.

Hyundai kicked off its range of ground-up electric vehicles in 2021, when it launched the Ioniq 5 mid-sized SUV with a wheelbase of 3000mm and a length of 4635mm. So far it can’t supply enough to meet demand in Australia.

Fast forward 12 months and it’s revealed the Ioniq 6, a four-door sedan it’s calling an Electrified Streamliner. Measuring 4855mm long it’s even longer than the Ioniq 5, albeit with a slightly shorter wheelbase.

The Ioniq 7 set to launch in 2023 is an even larger three-row SUV, so you’re probably wondering if we’re ever going to see smaller Ioniq models – call them the Ioniq 3 and Ioniq 4.

“Of course” they’re coming, according to Mr Loasby. “Watch this space,” he said.

“We’re working on a full bandwidth of Ioniq models which will include Ioniq 3 and Ioniq 4, as long as we can adhere to the three design pillars.”

Those design pillars are: “the biggest wheelbase in its segment, sustainability, and our Parametric Pixels that form variations of our signature design motif for our Ioniq range”.

What those cars might look like is anyone’s guess. Hyundai is keen to design each Ioniq model with an individual style, although Mr Loasby says there will be some common threads or shared elements.

“We have to analyse what we have, what’s working and what is not,” he said.

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