Teased late last week, the Hyundai Seven concept was officially revealed yesterday, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It shows a bold direction in which the Hyundai design is heading, similar to what we’ve seen on the previously shown 45 concept from 2019 and the much more appealing Prophecy sports car concept. That said, the Seven is previewing an upcoming production electric SUV that has elegant lines and new tech on-board.
The front end features an innovative LED light bar that stretches for the entire length of the hood, joined at both ends by what look like vertical fog lights. A false mesh grille completes what is otherwise a very clean front fascia. That’s actually necessary for a car that wants to ride on electricity alone, as it improves its aerodynamic profile. The same simple approach was done in the back as well, where a glass partition with the illuminated Hyundai logo dominates the atmosphere. LEDs are deployed in bulk too, covering the lower side of the fascia, from side to side.
Getting in is done using the pillarless sliding doors and once inside you’re met by a very spacious cabin that has that ‘lounge-like’ experience everyone seems hellbent on right now. Oversized chairs definitely help reach that ambiance. The flat floor and 126-inch wheelbase definitely chip in as well. Everywhere you look and touch you’re met with sustainable materials (mineral plaster, bamboo wood, etc) and even the paint for the said materials is done using renewable sources.
It’s also meant to be a very clean environment in there. To this end, the fabric seats are hygienically treated with antibacterial properties, while the Hygiene Airflow System uses UVC Sterilization for the best possible air quality. It looks like the pandemic definitely left a mark.
Hyundai has been mum on the official specs the production model will have. However, we can guess it will be built on the new Electric-Global Modular Platform developed by the Hyundai-Kia group. The South-Korean manufacturer did say that the Seven concept can recharge in 10 minutes from 10 to 80 percent and the target for the production car is a range of over 300 miles. We’ll just have to wait and see how things shape up.