Genesis GV60 First Look: Gee, It’s an EV
The first dedicated electric vehicle from Genesis is sure to turn heads.
Genesis is no longer without a dedicated electric vehicle, as the brand pulled the wraps off of its GV60 SUV. The little electric hatch, which shares its underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, wears bodywork that … well let’s just say it’s interesting. Who knows, maybe the looks of this new Genesis will grow on us in time. There are certainly many small details that warrant praise. This includes the car’s clamshell hood that envelopes the front fenders, its trick C-pillar decor, and its smart-looking rear hatch, which includes a nicely integrated rear spoiler.
At least the car’s interior looks stylish, elegant, and seemingly appointed with a number of rich materials. While we doubt the side-view cameras and accompanying interior mounted screens will reach our shores, we’re very certain the EV’s “Crystal Sphere” shift lever will. The lever serves as a mood light when the car is off, per Genesis. Turn the GV60 on and the shifter does a little dance and flips over so the driver can switch between Park, Reverse, Neutral, and Drive.
Unlike its Hyundai and Kia kin, which offer either a smaller 58-kWh or a larger 77-kWh battery pack, the GV60 will come strictly with the latter unit. Genesis claims the pack offers the GV60 up to 280 miles of range on a full charge in single-motor rear-drive form. With 225 hp, the entry-level GV60 ought to offer sufficient scoot, too.
That said, the luxury brand plans to also sell the small electric SUV with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system (one motor at each axle). Going this route boosts peak output to 314 horses, but lowers the estimated driving range to 249 miles. If you need more power, though, then Genesis is happy to oblige with a more performance-oriented variant of the GV60 that produces a peak of 483 ponies from its two electric motors when the car’s Boost mode is engaged. Once the 10-second spurt of the Boost mode is used, the GV60’s motors default to a peak output of 429 hp.
No surprise, the most powerful GV60 suffers from the worst driving range, with Genesis projecting 229 miles of driving on a full charge. Take too much advantage of the model’s estimated 4.0-second 0-62-mph time, and the GV60 will surely lose significant sums from its outright range. Admittedly, these figures are for the Korean-market GV60 and Genesis may alter the outputs, driving range, and powertrain choices for the U.S.-market model.
Genesis is keeping mum on the car’s pricing and availability in North America, too. Nevertheless, we wager the GV60 will sticker for north of $50,000 and enter our market sometime in 2022, likely as a 2023 model year vehicle.
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Genesis GV60: First Look (Up-Close Details)
We get up close to the first all-electric car from Genesis, the GV60. This car shares much of its DNA with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, but prides itself on being a bit more upscale. Editor Brett Evans breaks down the car’s looks, tech features, and powertrain in this first look video.
[LIVESTREAM] THE GENESIS GV60 WORLD PREMIERE
Beginning a new chapter of all-electric elegance. 제네시스의 첫 전용 전기차 GV60를 소개합니다. The Genesis GV60 Plug Into Your Senses
00:45 CHAPTER 1. Design, the Journey of Genesis
09:44 CHAPTER 2. GV60 Cares For You
All New Genesis GV60 Interior revealed
Luxurious and functional interior space with exclusive color options The interior design of the GV60 takes on Genesis’ design ethos of the ‘Beauty of White Space’, while seeking to create a spacious and comfortable interior. At the same time, its floating architecture and unique details combine to create a unique look.
The Crystal Sphere is one of the most compelling design elements of the GV60. It is not only an aesthetic element of the interior design, but it is also built to create an emotional connection between the driver and the vehicle. When the vehicle is turned off, the Crystal Sphere becomes the vehicle’s mood lights, adding to the aesthetic of the driving experience.
When the vehicle is ready to drive, the sphere rotates and the Shift By Wire (SBW) appears, creating an indoor atmosphere of futuristic mobility. The floating console, where the Crystal Sphere is located, looks as if it is hovering in the air, working with other unique features such as the slim cockpit and flat floor to provide passengers with a maximum level of openness. In addition, the next-generation infotainment system – the connected car Integrated Cockpit (ccIC) – connects the cluster and navigation into a panoramic display, creating a high-tech look and outstanding usability.
To create a truly luxurious driving experience, various components in the GV60’s interior, including the Crystal Sphere, the horn cover, the door handles, and the side mirror controllers, are decorated with circular embellishments. To make the GV60 more sustainable, various parts are created with eco-friendly and recycled materials. The seats, door armrests, console armrests, and crash pads are made with plant-based leather.
The seat covers and door center trims features fabrics made with yarns extracted from recycled PET bottles and fishnets. The GV60 is available in total of 11 colors, including four new colors: São Paulo Lime, Hanauma Mint, Atacama Copper, and Atacama Copper Matte. Other colors include Vik Black, Uyuni White, Matterhorn White, Saville Silver, Carbon Metal, Melbourne Gray, and Royal Blue. The São Paulo Lime is Genesis’ new signature color for its high-performance electric vehicle as it emphasizes the active and dynamic character of the vehicle.
Hanauma Mint is a color that emphasizes eco-friendliness. The Copper color is a signature color of Genesis and will be applied to the exterior of the brand’s vehicles starting with the GV60. In particular, the matte copper color has been enhanced with an improved paint that feels more like a raw copper material than conventional matte paints. The interior is available in a total of five colors: Obsidian Black, Torrent Navy, Ash Gray/Glacier White, Monstera Green/Camel Beige and Monstera Green/Glassier White. The GV60 follows the same model naming scheme as Genesis’ existing lineup, highlighting the brand’s continuous commitment to its values even after electrification.
The vehicle also marks the beginning of “luxury brand lineup that interacts with drivers”, as presented during the brand vision announcement on September 2. “The GV60 is the first dedicated EV model with the most dynamic design, representing Genesis’ electrification. It will set a new standard for luxury electric vehicles with a powerful driving performance and various key features based on interactions with customers,” said Jay Chang, Global Head of Genesis brand. “The GV60 is a symbolic model that materializes the unique values and the sensibilities that Genesis stands for. It offers a satisfying experience to our customers who want something valuable, but different,” said Luc Donckerwolke,
Chief Creative Officer of Genesis brand. Setting a new standard for luxury EV design The GV60 is a high-performance electric vehicle with a sleek and athletic coupé crossover utility vehicle (CUV) design that is expands Genesis’ ‘Athletic Elegance’ design identity into the sustainable luxury space. Featuring Two Lines lamps, the front design perfectly complements the vehicle’s refined and voluminous body. Iconic and instantly recognizable, the Two-Line design is a symbol of Genesis vehicles.
The Genesis signature Crest Grille moves to a lower position to accommodate cooling requirements specific to the dedicated high performance EV platform. An EV specific detail that highlights Genesis’ transition to the sustainable era. The GV60’s body surfacing is seamless and minimal without undercuts or character lines. Yet, the muscular volumes bulging beneath the surface pushing out the wide stance characterizes the visual presence of GV60.
The coupé silhouette, streamlined from the hood to the spoiler, solidifies a more athletic profile with a short overhang and a long wheelbase of 2,900 mm.
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