New Genesis GV60 gets 429bhp 4WD range-topper

A new electric crossover will be available in the UK within a calendar year. It shares a platform alongside Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Kia EV6

The new Genesis GV60 hybrid electric crossover will come with three power outputs. This includes a 429bhp all wheel-drive performance model and a boost mode.

The BMW iX3-rivalling crossover was shown for the first time in August. It is the brand’s first EV bespoke EV. Luc Donckerwolke, Genesis brand boss, stated that the GV60, which is its first dedicated EV was a demonstration of Genesis’ commitment to electrification.

The GV60, one of eight hydrogen-fuel cell or battery-electric models Genesis will launch by 2030 is based on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP architecture. It is also used in the Hyundai Ioniq 5, and the forthcoming Kia EV6.

The E-GMP platform has an 800V electrical architecture that allows for fast 350kW charging. It can also host single- or dual-motor powertrains with a variety of batteries.

E-GMP models are available with either 58kWh or 77.4kWh batteries. However, the GV60 will only be available with the larger battery. You can charge your device at speeds up to 350kW. This allows you to get a 10%-80% charge in as little as 18 minutes.

Sean Lee, Genesis product manager, stated that the GV60 was designed to provide “comfort-and luxurious driving performance” comparable to other Genesis models. It measures 4515mm in length and has a 2900mm wheelbase.

The entry-level GV60 will produce 226bhp with a single rear-mounted motor. It has a maximum range to 280 miles. Two twin-motor all-wheel drive models will be available with a combined output of 314bhp or 429bhp. The respective ranges are 248 and 229 mi. Each model can deliver 446 lb ft.

The Performance model comes with a boost mode, which delivers extra power for 10sec. It can reach 0-62mph in 4.0sec. The Genesis model also has a hidden drift mode.

Lee stated that the Performance model was tuned to provide a “driving experience comparable to a sport car”, but he insists that it does not compromise the “luxurious performance” of the model.

The GV60 has a MacPherson multilink front suspension and a five link rear system. An electric limited-slip differential optimizes torque distribution at high speeds, cornering, and the data from the front camera is used for automatic adjustment of the electronic suspension.

The new electric “active sound design” allows drivers to choose from three virtual driving sounds. Active noise control functions are used to reduce road noise.

The GV60 features a new Genesis design language. It has the Two Lines lights on either side of a flush front that includes a revamped version the firm’s logo. Ilhun Yoon, Genesis’s chief design officer, stated that the new styling aims to emphasize both “sustainable luxury”, and “athletic elegance”.

Genesis claims that the large grille on the lower part of the front is designed to enhance dynamic performance and increase cooling of high-voltage batteries. A single-panel clamshell bonnet is also available.

The GV60 features an SUV-coupe-style side profile with pop-out doors handles and digital wingmirrors. A new lighting bolt styling element is featured on the C-pillars at rear of the coupe roofline. It will be used in all future electric Genesis models.

A twin-screen digital display dominates inside the dashboard. A large central console houses key vehicle controls and storage space, much like the Ioniq 5 or EV6.

The GV60 is also made from a variety of recycled and sustainable materials. These include interior trim elements such as seats and door handles made of plant-based imitation leather. For seat covers and door trims, yarn is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Genesis also placed a lot of emphasis on technology in order to increase the premium feel for the GV60. If it’s legal, the car can be opened using a Face Connect camera located in the B-pillar. The car will have a digital key and can be updated with software over-the-air.

Genesis claims that the car features a “next generation infotainment technology”, which can link “clusters of data” across the digital display and head-up display.

The GV60 will be below the GV70, GV80 and GV80 in Genesis’s SUV lineup. It will also be the second EV by the brand in Europe after the G80 saloon.

Genesis stated that the decision to use GV nomenclature to design its SUVs was made to emphasize the company’s commitment to its values.

Pricing information is still not available.