Genesis presents the GV60 electric SUV

Genesis presents the GV60 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.

A few weeks ago, Genesis published its 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.

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.

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 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. It is highly likely to be the GV60 E-GMP BEV now on display. Details about the third BEV on a mixed platform are not yet known.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:1st Oct 2021

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