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Hyundai set to launch IONIQ 9, a three-row electric SUV in the U.S. market

The IONIQ 9, initially expected to be named the IONIQ 7, is Hyundai's first three-row electric SUV.

Hyundai is preparing to introduce the IONIQ 9, a three-row electric SUV, to the U.S. market. Recently spotted testing in the U.S., the IONIQ 9 appears even larger and bolder in person, indicating Hyundai’s commitment to expanding its EV lineup.

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Hyundai’s current success in the U.S. EV market, driven by models like the IONIQ 5, IONIQ 6, and Kona Electric, sets a strong foundation for the new SUV. The automaker saw a 62% surge in EV sales in the year’s first quarter, with record performances for the IONIQ 5 and Kona Electric. Randy Parker, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, highlighted the sustained high demand for their vehicles, especially EVs.

In an interview, Parker reaffirmed Hyundai’s dedication to its EV strategy despite other manufacturers like Ford and GM reconsidering their EV plans. According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, Hyundai boasts six of the country’s top ten most fuel-efficient EVs, with the 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6 Long Range RWD achieving the highest combined MPGe of 140.

The IONIQ 9, initially expected to be named the IONIQ 7, is Hyundai’s first three-row electric SUV. Parker confirmed its impending arrival to the U.S. market but did not disclose further details. A recent video from Kindle Auto captured the IONIQ 9 testing, showcasing its substantial size and signature pixelated LED headlights and stacked rear taillights.

Moreover, the IONIQ 9 is anticipated to be larger than Kia’s EV9, with dimensions potentially exceeding 197.2 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width, and 70.1 inches in height. The vehicle, built at Hyundai’s new $7.6 billion EV Metaplant in Georgia, is expected to qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit, enhancing its competitiveness in the US market.

Once launched, the Hyundai IONIQ 9 will compete with other three-row electric SUVs such as the Rivian R1S, Kia EV9, and Volvo EX90. This move aims to cement Hyundai’s position as a leading, affordable, efficient EV market player.

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