► Price and spec for new Genesis EV
► It has drift and boost modes!
► Plus, wireless charging is on the cards
Genesis has announced the pricing for its new GV60 electric crossover, which will join the UK and European range from summer 2022 onwards. The entry-level Premium model will cost from £47,005, the Sport from £53,605 and the Sport Plus from £65,405. But before we get on to how you can already reserve one, let’s check out the details.
The new GV60 uses E-GMP battery and platform tech from the Hyundai Motor Group to deliver a slicker, posher electric car. It’s just one of the brand’s planned EVs as it moves towards a fully electrified strategy beyond 2025, and alongside the GV80 and GV70 electric SUVs, provides the marque with six models – half of which are electric.
That’s, er… striking!
As is every Genesis model. This mid-size crossover has a distinct lack of vents for what’s customary by Genesis standards, though, given the powertrain underneath. But the brand’s design cues remain – the ‘crest grille’ is shoved right to the bottom of the front bumper, and the quad headlights remain. A clamshell bonnet hides some of the car’s electronics and, presumably, a place to store your charging cables. Genesis also points to the ‘volt’ motif on the C-pillar.
Inside is equally eye-popping. Loads of leather, big screens and digital dials as well as a ‘floating’ centre console much like the Ioniq 5.
But, more importantly, the GV60 introduces some trick details that the Hyundai or Kia’s EV6 don’t get. The ‘crystal sphere’, for a start, is a glowing glass ball that acts as the shifter for drive and reverse. When the car is off, you get to see a backlit crystal ball that then flips when the car is on.
Genesis also points out that the GV60 has facial recognition cameras on the door pillars to allow access without a key, and biometric fingerprint scanners (that didn’t work during our video conference demonstration – whoops) to start the car – again, without a key. Digital camera mirrors are offered, with viewing screens inset into the doors.
The E-GMP platform underneath also means a flat floor, a floating centre console and loads of rear passenger space.
E-GMP underneath, you say?
Absolutely, which has already impressed us with Kia and Hyundai’s efforts. Every GV70 will have a 77.4kWh battery pack, and there will be rear- and all-wheel drive variants.
Premium versions come with a single e-motor. This rear-wheel drive configuration offers 225bhp and 258lb ft, with Genesis promising up to 321 miles on a charge.
GV60s with all-wheel drive are offered with two very distinct configurations. Sport offers 314bhp and 446lb ft, and a claimed for 292 miles of range.
Sport Plus develops 429bhp and 446lb ft, and has a 289-mile claimed driving range. This model also introduces some lairy capabilities that seem most unbecoming of a nice environmentally-friendly luxury SUV.
The GV60 Sport Plus ‘Boost mode’ delivers an extra 26bhp per axle for a short 10-second burst, allowing a four-second 0-62mph time. There’s also a drift mode – something rather uncouth for a supposedly posh EV – that allows just the right level of power distribution between the front and rear e-motors to allow the GV60 to slide.
What about charging?
Given the E-GMP underpinnings, the GV60 can be charged on either a 400 or 800-volt architecture, with charging capacities up to 350kW. Genesis claims the fastest chargers will allow a 10-80 per cent charge in 18 minutes. There’s also ‘vehicle to load’ functionality (again like the Ioniq 5 and EV6) which allows you to plug in devices inside and outside the car, and when plugging in at home there’s on on-board charger supporting up to 11kW.
Something that was pointed out during a demonstration video but not talked about during the reveal video conference was wireless charging. There’s a moment in the video where the GV60 drives over a pad on the floor and the car begins charging immediately. Hyundai Motor Group is working with WiTricity to develop the technology, having demonstrated it back in 2018 at the year’s Geneva motor show. We’ll update this with more details when we get it.
When can I get one?
Genesis’ home market of South Korea is getting access first, but European and UK roll-out is moving quicker than we’d originally anticipated. Alongside the pricing announcement, Genesis has opened the GV60 for pre-orders, and you can already secure one for a ‘fully refundable’ £1000 deposit.
The new EV is expected to start arriving in the UK later in 2022.
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