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Montreal 2023: Hyundai Presents Seven Concept, Ioniq 6 in Canadian Premieres

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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 - Exterior design
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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 - Exterior design

•    Hyundai today put on the Canadian premiere presentations of the Ioniq 6 sedan and Seven Concept SUV.

•    The first is a similar-yet-very-different follow-up to the Ioniq 5, the second an all-electric spiritual successor to the Palisade.

•    There may be no big global reveals at the Montreal Auto Shows, but there are some more-local firsts.

The Montreal Auto Show that began with media day today is bereft of any major global or even continental reveals – not surprising, given the headwinds blowing in the faces of auto shows these days. But there are some more… local premieres on tap.

Case in point, Hyundai today put on the Canadian premiere presentations of the Ioniq 6 sedan and Seven Concept SUV.

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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 - Front
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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 - Front
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 - Charging port
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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 - Charging port

Ioniq 6
The Ioniq 6, not being a concept but a fully realized production model or just about, is by far the closest to hitting the market. In fact, Hyundai is promising boots (tires) on the ground by this spring. A close but wildly different-looking adjunct to the popular Ioniq 5, with which it shares a platform, this EV is intent on maximizing aerodynamics to improve energy efficiency and range. Hyundai is promoting the model’s very low 0.21 drag co-efficient, for example. The efforts pay off with a model offering a range of up to 547 km.

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is being offered with RWD or AWD, and the 77.4-kWh battery pack helps deliver an output of 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque, ideally speaking of course. Its technical closeness to the Ioniq 5 means it delivers much of the same performance in terms of charging times (10 to 80 percent charge in 18 minutes on a fast 350-kW station) and the V2L (vehicle-to-load) capacity, allowing for charging appliances and such from the vehicle.

See also: Los Angeles 2022: Hyundai Ioniq 6 Makes Its North American Debut

Hyundai Seven Concept - Profile
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Hyundai Seven Concept - Profile

Seven Concept
As for the concept presented in Montreal, that is the embryonic version of what will most likely become the Hyundai Ioniq 7 when it’s ready to roll. For now, though, we’re to address it as the Seven Concept, and it looks more like a living room on wheels than just about any prototype we’ve been shown in recent years – and there have been a few of those.

Hyundai Seven Concept - Interior
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Hyundai Seven Concept - Interior

Like the Ioniqs 5 and 6, the Seven is built on the company’s new catchall platform for EVs, the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). Hyundai mentions a range of up to 480 km from a high-capacity battery pack (no figure given for that). Beyond that, details are scarce, and much could change by the time a production version is ready.

There’s one new twist the company is promoting with this particular concept, in line with the interior’s living-room vocation: the vehicle has a sterilization system that cleans the interior once occupants have departed.

The Hyundai Seven Concept, accompanied by Yvon Cournoyer and Marcel Dionne
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The Hyundai Seven Concept, accompanied by Yvon Cournoyer and Marcel Dionne

Hockey fans of a certain age take note: Hyundai had on hand Yvon Cournoyer and Marcel Dionne to help make the presentation of the Seven Concept. The auto show might be short of stars of a vehicular kind this year, but it did have two flesh-and-blood stars at least!

See also: Los Angeles 2021: Hyundai Introduces the Seven Concept

Hyundai Seven Concept - Three-quarters rear
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Hyundai Seven Concept - Three-quarters rear
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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 pictures
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Hyundai Seven Concept pictures