Article By John Redfern

Genesis confirms details of forthcoming electric GV60

The Genesis GV60 is a new electric SUV that shares technology with the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Hyundai’s dedicated luxury car brand, Genesis, has confirmed more details of its new GV60 SUV.

Announced earlier this year, the GV60 will be the first battery model from the Korean company to use a dedicated electric platform.

While its underpinnings are shared with the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, Genesis has packed the GV60 with neat touches and impressive technology.

It will even feature a driver-selectable Drift Mode for added driving excitement.

Genesis will offer the GV60 with a choice of three drivetrain options. All use a 77.4kWh battery pack, with overall range dependent on the model picked.

A rear-wheel-drive version kicks off the range, using a single 168kW electric motor. It is expected to deliver a maximum range of more than 280 miles. 

The all-wheel-drive model combines a 160kW motor at the rear with a 74kW motor up-front. Fully charged, it should cover 228 miles. 

For those who want maximum speed, a performance all-wheel-drive GV60 will utilise a pair of 160kW motors. A special Boost Mode can be used for up to 10 seconds, allowing the GV60 to accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds. 

The GV60 uses a 400/800V multi-rapid charging system, and incorporates software to manage the battery’s temperature for optimal performance. 

Charging from a 350kW device should see the GV60 replenished from 10 to 80 percent charge in 18 minutes. 

Other innovations include the Face Connect security system. Similar to that seen on smartphones, an infrared camera can recognise the driver and unlock the car for them. 

Genesis will also offer over-the-air software updates for the GV60. Instead of simply upgrading the navigation system or infotainment, the updates can improve all major areas of the car. These include the suspension, brakes, steering wheel and airbags.

A total of 11 exterior colours will be offered, including the bold Sao Paulo Lime hue. Other colours, such as Hanauma Mint, are designed to emphasise the eco-credentials of the GV60.

Buyers can pick from five interior finishes, with recycled and sustainable materials used throughout. Star of the cabin is the floating Crystal Sphere controller, used to operate the shift-by-wire transmission.

GV60 prices, and an official launch date for European customers, are still to be confirmed.

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