Genesis presents the GV60 800-volt electric SUV
Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has revealed details of the technology and equipment of the planned GV60 – its first electric model based on the group’s E-GMP platform. The 800-volt electric car will be launched in three variants and will feature a number of technological refinements.
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A few weeks ago, Genesis had already published first photos of the exterior and interior design of the GV60. Now the key points of the technical data sheet follow. According to this, the third electric car based on E-GMP after the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 will be offered as a standard model with rear- or all-wheel drive as well as a performance model with all-wheel drive. Each model features the 77.4 kWh battery familiar from the Kia EV6. DC charging is said to be possible with up to 350 kW.
The standard RWD model is equipped with an engine that has a maximum output of 168 kW and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. Genesis gives the maximum range as 451 kilometres. The standard four-wheel drive model gets a 160 kW engine for the rear wheels and a 74 kW engine for the front wheels and comes with a total power of 234 kW, a maximum torque of 605 Nm and a maximum range of 400 kilometres. Genesis specifies that the range figures are based on estimates using the Korean EV certification system and 19-inch wheels.
Let’s still look at the performance model: in this variant, the GV60 has two 160 kW motors for the front and rear wheels, which are said to deliver a total output of 320 kW, a maximum torque of 605 Nm and a maximum range of 368 kilometres.
In addition, the crossover coupé is said to score with a boost mode that increases the maximum power for a short time. The boost mode button on the steering wheel activates the additional power for ten seconds, Genesis informs. This allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds. For drivers “who are looking for an even more dynamic driving experience”, there is also a drift mode, which is intended to optimise the distribution of drive power and the braking system with a view to particularly sporty driving.
But back to the core characteristics of the GV60: The battery-electric vehicle uses a 400/800 V multi-fast charging system that, according to the manufacturer, “increases the voltage supplied by the charger from 400 to 800 volts”. At the same time, up to 350 kW DC charging is possible at the appropriate charging stations, or in other words: “From 10 to 80 percent SoC in just 18 minutes”, as Genesis boasts. The AC charging capacity is 11 kW, and in addition the GV60 can also deliver energy to external current collectors – with a capacity of 3.6 kW.
Two other battery-related features are introduced by Genesis with its first E-GMP BEV under its roof. Firstly, preconditioning of the battery, which is linked to the navigation system and thus to the location of fast-charging stations and is intended to prepare the energy storage unit optimally for the charging process. Secondly, an improved recuperation system (‘Smart Regeneration System 2.0’), which automatically evaluates traffic data and navigation map information for optimal energy recovery. There is also a so-called i-Pedal mode for ‘One Pedal Driving’, which can be activated via shift paddles to set different brake levels.
The GV60’s recently unveiled design incorporates some elements of the Genesis brand design, as well as its E-GMP siblings. The two-part headlights and taillights are typical Genesis features. The aerodynamically recessed door handles are also used by the Ioniq 5 and EV6, and the side view with the sloping rear window and the rising shoulder line is probably inspired by the latter. However, the design of the rims is unique.
And the positioning of the charging port is also different from that of the Ioniq 5 and EV6: while the latter have placed the charging socket far in the right rear corner directly by the rear light, the pictures of the GV60 published so far show the charging port above the rear wheel on the passenger side – i.e. roughly in the place of a classic fuel filler neck.
In the interior, too, the GV60 adopts the basic layout of the two previously known E-GMP BEV: the steering wheel has only two spokes, and there are also two large screens connected in a single unit. Below the right-hand screen for infotainment is a bar with control buttons for climate control and some basic infotainment functions. When it comes to the centre console, Genesis seems to have opted for more of a Kia approach, with the centre console separating the driver and passenger areas more clearly than the open layout in the Ioniq 5.
However, there are also serious differences – this does not mean the rounded to oval layout of many design elements. Monitors for the camera exterior mirrors are placed in the window triangle on the doors. These appear somewhat higher and larger than in the Audi e-tron quattro, comparable in format to the Honda e. Unlike in the Honda, however, the camera monitors are not positioned on the dashboard.
It is not yet known when the GV60 will be launched and at what price. However, it will also be available in Europe: In May, Genesis had announced that, in addition to the electric G80 sedan, it would bring two more electric cars to Europe – one of them on a pure EV platform. This is therefore likely to be the GV60 E-GMP BEV now on display. Details about the third BEV on a mixed platform are not yet known.
Update 03 March 2022
Genesis has opened pre-orders in the UK for the all-electric GV60, its first dedicated electric platform-based vehicle, arriving later this year. Pricing for the UK will start from £47,005. Customers can secure their vehicle by placing a fully refundable £1,000 deposit.
The GV60 will launch in the UK with three variants; the ‘Premium’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Plus’. The ‘Premium’ version is priced from £47,005 and is fitted with a 168kW rear-wheel drive single motor. The ‘Sport’ edition starts at £53,605 with a 160kW + 74kW all-wheel-drive dual-motor. Finally, the ‘Sport Plus’ variant is priced from £65,405 and features a 160Kw+160kW all-wheel-drive dual-motor.
As each model is fitted with the same 77.4 KWh battery, range stands at up to 321 miles for the ‘Premium’, 292 miles for the ‘Sport’ and 289 miles for the ‘Sport Plus’. Using a 350kW rapid-charge, GV60 can be charged from 10-80% in just 18 minutes, as was previously reported.
With reporting by Cora Werwitzke, France.