Article By John Redfern

Hyundai Seven Concept previews future electric SUV

Unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show, the Hyundai Seven features an impressive lounge-style interior.

Hyundai has hinted at how it plans to add an electric SUV to its range with a special concept car.

Revealed as part of the 2021 Los Angeles Motor Show, the Seven has been branded a ‘sports utility electric vehicle’.

Using Hyundai’s familiar E-GMP platform, the Seven offers autonomous driving technology and a luxurious interior.

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Hyundai has deliberately designed the Seven to be distinct from traditional SUVs. Its overall shape is crafted for optimum aerodynamics, with a long 3.2-metre wheelbase to maximise interior space.

The wheels feature integrated ‘active air flaps’. These can deploy to bring extra cooling air to the brakes, then hide away to reduce drag.

Vast pillarless coach doors allow access to the cabin, with swivelling lounge chairs and a curved bench seat. Extra appliances, such as a mini-fridge, can be added to transform the Seven for different lifestyles.

Copper trim is used extensively throughout the cabin, chosen for its antibacterial properties. Hygienically treated fabrics are also added, with a ‘hygiene airflow system’ working to reduce cross-contamination among passengers.

Hyundai has applied bio-paint to the outside of the Seven, plus recycled and renewable materials throughout the interior.

Although still just a concept, Hyundai is targeting a range of more than 300 miles for a production version of the Seven. Being able to use 350kW chargers could see it capable of charging from 10 percent to 80 percent in about 20 minutes.

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