Hyundai Ioniq is the name of the new, dedicated all-electric sub-brand from the Korean carmaker. Alongside the name, the carmaker has also confirmed the launch of three electric vehicles under the new sub-brand. We are still not sure when they will be launched in Nepal. The Ioniq name isn’t new to Hyundai, with the name already in use for a sedan on sale in Nepal currently. The Ioniq sedan is available in all-electric forms in Nepal, though the car will not form a part of the new sub-brand. This could suggest that the model could either be renamed or replaced in the future.
The first production model to adopt the moniker will be the 2021 Ioniq 5, a SUV based on the radical Hyundai 45 concept from last year’s Frankfurt motor show. It will be followed in 2022 by the Ioniq 6 electric sports sedan, which will take cues from the low-slung Prophecy concept. A large, as-yet unseen SUV called the Ioniq 7 will arrive in 2024. The final production designs of all three remain under wraps. However, Hyundai has previously said it plans for each to have a distinctive and different design, but they will all feature pixel headlights, as seen on the 45 and Prophecy concepts.
All Hyundai Ioniq models will use the brand’s all-new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which is said to be capable of fast charging and a long range. By 2025, Hyundai intends to launch 16 new EVs to increase its annual all-electric sales to more than half a million – the equivalent of just over 10 percent of its total sales in 2019. As a whole, the Hyundai Motor Group is aiming to achieve a 5 percent global automotive market share and transition to a ‘smart mobility solution provider’, rather than purely a car manufacturer.
Hyundai entered the electric vehicle space in Nepal with the launch of the Kona Electric SUV. The carmaker is also understood to be working upon a more affordable electric vehicle for the Nepalese market. As with the Ioniq sedan, the Kona too is expected to continue to be sold under the main Hyundai brand with the model sold in international markets in both conventional fossil fuelled and electric forms. Currently Hyundai is readying to launch the new i20 in Nepal in the coming months. It is also evaluating the Palisade - its large three-row SUV - for Nepal. Stay tune with us for more auto news in Nepal.