Genesis GV60 expands the brand's EV range

Genesis GV60 expands the brand’s EV range

Following the footsteps of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Kia EV6, Genesis unveils their own version, the Genesis GV60. This joins the luxury marque’s first dedicated EV, the Genesis G80 EV. The plush Korean EV will come in single- and dual-motor flavours, with up to 483 hp.

Being an EV, the Genesis GV60 shows off an unconventional silhouette, just like the EV6 and Ioniq 5. The front end is classic Genesis which employs the brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design language. The split headlamps, tail lamp, shield-shaped grill, and a long clamshell bonnet completes the package. The roof flows down into a fastback-styled rear that terminates at a fixed spoiler.

The interior is also classic Genesis, reminiscent of other offerings from the brand. The blue leather interior is borrowed from the larger G80 and GV80.  There is a “Crystal Sphere” shift knob and a similarly fashioned infotainment knob. The highlights in the cabin are two screens at the base of A-pillars, showing visuals fed by the cameras on the outside that replaces side mirrors. There is an electric-Active Sound Design (e-ASD) feature that pumps in fake engine noises into the cabin. This system blasts fitting noises through the speakers based on the speed, driving mode as well as throttle input.

The powertrain options of the Genesis GV60 start from an RWD model with 225 hp and 350 Nm. There is an all-wheel-drive option, rated at 314 hp and 605 Nm. Stepping up, there is an AWD-only performance model that churns out 429 hp and 605 Nm. For an additional surge of power, there is a Boost mode that can hike up the outputs for 10 seconds via a button on the steering wheel. With Boost Mode on, the GV60 churns out 483 hp and 700 Nm, enabling it to run from 0 to 100 kph in 4 seconds.

Interestingly, the GV60 is confirmed to have a Drift mode, a surprising addition to a luxury crossover. But no details of this are available yet. The battery pack in its home country is a 77.4 kWh unit that can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes. This rate is achieved when hooked up to a 350 kW fast charger. It also supports bidirectional charging at up to 3.6 kW.

The range numbers of the Genesis GV60 we have right now are based on the Korean EV certification system. The WLTP or NEDC figures can vary. The base RWD version claims a range of 451 kms while the AWD model can drive for 400 kms in a single charge. The performance model will run out of juice within 368 kms.

No word on the pricing of the GV60 yet. Genesis is also tight-lipped on when and where this model will be available.

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