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 Hyundais 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.