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Genesis Unveils All-Electric GV60 SUV Coming Next Year

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【Summary】The funky-looking GV60 is Genesis’ take on the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 and should arrive in the U.S. in 2022.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Aug 21, 2021 3:00 PM PT
Genesis Unveils All-Electric GV60 SUV Coming Next Year

Genesis has gone from being a high-end sedan in Hyundai's lineup to being a real luxury automaker that can compete with options from Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. With Hyundai and Kia heading toward an electrified future, it's not surprising to see that Genesis is putting a lot of effort into coming out with electric vehicles. While the Genesis Electrified G80 is the brand's first electric car, the new GV60 is the automaker's first electric SUV and looks like it will be closely related to the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Sytlish And Unqiue Sheetmetal

Just like those other electric vehicles, the GV60 has a funky design that makes it look more like a hatchback than a traditional SUV. It looks like it has the same proportions, too, but Genesis has put its own distinct styling on the EV. The headlights, grille, and taillights all look similar to styling found on Genesis' other vehicles.

One interesting new design feature on the GV60 is its clamshell hood. The design element allows for the GV60 to have short front and rear overhangs, increasing interior space. Because of the hood and the fact that the GV60 has an electric powertrain, Genesis' massive shield grille has been moved down to where an air intake would be on a regular car.

The interior is another strong aspect of the GV60. The vehicle that Genesis debuted was finished in a funky green color and a blue interior. Clashing colors, but the end result is impressive. In a move that we haven't seen before in any Genesis, the GV60 has a digital gauge cluster and an infotainment display in one single unit. It's something that Hyundai has introduced on a lot of its new vehicles, but it's a first for Genesis. The other high-tech feature on the inside are side-view cameras that display information on screens placed on the door instead of mirrors. We doubt those will be available on the U.S. model, but they're cool to see.

Powertrain Is A Mystery

Unfortunately, while Genesis unveiled the GV60 and is ready to showcase its design, the automaker didn't provide any information on the electric car's powertrain. Since the GV60 shares the same platform as the Ioniq 5 and EV6, we assume that it will probably use the same powertrain. With that in mind, we could see the GV60 go on sale with a 77.4-kWh battery pack and both single- and dual-motor configurations. We also expect the GV60 to have an 800-volt electrical system that will allow for 350-kW fast charging capability. With the Hyundai Ioniq 5, this system allows the EV to go from 10 percent charge to 80 percent charge in 18 minutes.

When the GV60 goes on sale, it will compete against a host of electric SUVs. Obvious competitors include the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQA, and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

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