Genesis is lastly going electrical. Simply not with the car we had been anticipating.
On Wednesday night time, the South Korea-based luxurious automaker unveiled its first totally battery-powered car, the GV60. There had been hypothesis that the corporate’s first EV could be a sedan, however it’ll as an alternative be a crossover SUV, and a reasonably trendy one at that.
For those who’ve paid consideration to Korean EVs, the GV60 will possible look acquainted. That’s as a result of it bears a putting resemblance to lately unveiled crossovers from two of Genesis’s sister manufacturers—the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. However, as is that this marque’s wont, Genesis has added loads of sophistication to the bundle. Within the entrance, you’ll discover the marque’s trademark two-line Quad Lamp headlights and big Crest grille, in addition to its first clamshell hood. Delicate curves and flowing strains journey from entrance to again and provides the four-door what the marque is asking an “athletic class.” Including to it is a roofline that slopes down right into a hatchback door with its personal ducktail-like spoiler. It’s a dramatic and refreshing change of tempo for the model.
The inside can also be a little bit of a departure. It’s streamlined, missing a number of the extra demonstrably luxurious particulars—polished wooden trim, quilted leather-based, a lot of chrome—seen all through the remainder of the Genesis lineup. We expect this offers the cabin a way more trendy look, although. The digital gauge cluster and enormous infotainment display look as if they’re one related show, whereas the sprint is bookended by two side-view cameras. Probably the most notable new inclusion, although, stands out as the Crystal Sphere, a globe-shaped gear shifter that intuitively lets you realize when the car is able to drive. The ball seems to be as if it’s hovering above the middle console and gives ambient lighting when the car is off.
Whereas we all know what the GV60 will appear to be, it’s unclear what it is going to be able to. Particulars about its powertrain are anticipated at a later date, although it is going to be constructed on the identical E-GMP electrical platform because the Ioniq 5 and EV6. We do not know how highly effective the just-announced crossover might be, however the top-of-the-line EV6 GT options an all-wheel-drive powertrain that may generate 577 hp and 546 ft lbs of torque and has a variety of round 300 miles, in response to Automobile and Driver. We wouldn’t be shocked if Genesis’s EV boasts comparable efficiency numbers. We’re additionally ready for a launch date and pricing, although the model appears assured the car will arrive subsequent yr.
The GV60 could also be Genesis’s first confirmed EV, but it surely gained’t be its final. Perhaps even of this yr. This spring, there was loads of hypothesis that the model’s first battery-powered car could be an all-electric model of the G80 sedan. We’ve not heard something since, however the expectation is that it’ll characteristic a dual-motor powertrain, all-wheel drive and 300-plus miles of vary.
We wouldn’t thoughts having two Genesis EVs to select from.