GENESIS: New all-electric GV60 set for 2022
Genesis is the premium brand of Korean carmaker Hyundai. If you think Lexus/Toyota, you’ll get the idea. The brand has visited the UK before, but this time round, the now stand-alone Genesis brand is aggressively forging its own future in Europe and the UK with the recent launch of its GV80 SUV and the G80 saloon and the smaller GV70 SUV, G70 saloon and the stunning G70 Shooting Brake.
The Genesis GV60, the brand’s new electric coupé-SUV, will be available with rear and all-wheel drive and offer an estimated range of up to 280 miles. UK sales are expected to start in late 2022, with first deliveries towards early in 2023.
It is the first purpose-built electric car to be made by Genesis and will rival the likes of the Tesla Model Y and Audi Q4 e-tron. It rides on the same ‘E-GMP’ underpinnings as the KIA EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
In terms of appearance, the GV60 is a similar shape to KIA’s EV6 and uses the same split-level headlamps and large grille found on the brand’s G70 Shooting Brake. To help improve aerodynamic efficiency, the GV60 is equipped with pop-out door handles. Traditional door mirrors have also been replaced by rear-view cameras that are linked to two small screens mounted on the door cards, much like those found in the Honda e.
The GV60 features a clamshell bonnet – a single panel that combines the bonnet and bumpers. A chrome line flows from the windscreen to the rear, with a daylight opening (DLO) window, which extends the C-pillars. At the rear there is a fixed-wing spoiler and split-level taillights.
Inside, the cabin features a simple but spacious layout. The centre console appears to float between the driver’s and front passenger seat but the digital dial cluster and infotainment system look very similar to those found in the GV80 SUV. Genesis says the GV60 also benefits from a completely flat floor, increasing passenger and luggage space.
Other new technology includes Genesis’s Fingerprint Authentication System, which is operated via the brand’s Digital Key 2 smartphone system, replacing the physical key. This means owners can open and start their cars with their fingerprint. Over-the-air wireless updates also feature, with Genesis confirming that several of the car’s key systems can receive OTA updates, including the driver assistance suite, steering, suspension and brakes.
The GV60 also features active noise cancelling to help make the interior quieter on the move. To further aid comfort, the suspension is controlled by the ‘Road Preview’ system, which uses a camera and the car’s GPS location to adjust the suspension to maximise comfort.
The GV60 will be available with both rear and all-wheel drive at launch and all versions will get a 77.4kWh battery.
In rear-wheel-drive guise, the car features one electric motor mounted on the rear axle that produces 225bhp. Full UK range specifications are yet to be confirmed but according to Genesis, this model can manage up to 280 miles between charges.
In all-wheel-drive form, the car has a 215bhp rear-mounted motor that’s supplemented by a 99bhp motor for the front wheels, giving the car a total power output of 314bhp. Due to the extra power, range is reduced to 248 miles but the car can automatically disengage the front motor if it's not needed to maximise range.
Genesis has also confirmed that the GV60 will get two new driving modes not seen in the KIA and Hyundai models on the same platform. The first is called Boost, which gives the car an additional 54bhp and more pulling power for 10 seconds to help with overtaking. A Drift setting will also feature, pushing power towards the rear axle for a more playful feel.
It’s also been confirmed that a performance version of the GV60 will arrive later, which will effectively be an equivalent to the GT model of the EV6 and the forthcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5N. This flagship GV60 will get a power hike to 429bhp and all-wheel-drive, giving it a 0-62mph time of four seconds.
The GV60 also has an 800V electrical system, which allows for 350kW rapid charging. This means that, when connected to a DC rapid charger, a 10 to 80% recharge should take less than 20 minutes. The car can also be charged via a home or office wallbox at 11kW.
The brand’s latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems safety suite will come as standard and include smart cruise control, lane follow assist, lane keep assist, blind-spot warning, high beam assist, forward collision avoidance and emergency autonomous braking.
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