Although the Genesis Electrified GV70 made its debut in November 2021, it took a while for it to arrive in the American market. The top-end electric SUV from Genesis commenced sales in the U.S. in March 2023, following its local production launch in Montgomery, Alabama, just a month prior.
According to a report ET News released on May 23, 2023, a facelift is planned for the electric SUV next year. The South Korean report says the new Genesis Electrified GV70 will enter production in August 2024. While it’s safe to assume it’s referring to South Korean production, we think the U.S. production should commence soon after.
In the United States, the new Genesis Electrified GV70 would continue rivaling the Tesla Model Y and the Audi Q4 e-tron. Here’s a look at the current SUV, and what could be in store in the facelift.
The new Genesis Electrified GV70 will have subtle yet noticeable exterior changes. Expect tweaked light clusters, new bumpers, fresh alloy wheel designs, new color options, etc. We’ll have more concrete information regarding this aspect when Genesis starts running test prototypes on the roads towards the end of the year.
If we talk about the Genesis Electrified GV70 that’s currently on sale, it’s close to the gas variant with minimal design differences. The fascia makes use of an aerodynamic crest featuring an inverted G-Matrix pattern to stress the electric SUV’s mission for sustainability. This faux radiator grille hides the vehicle’s charging port. The side air inlets in the front bumper are smaller, and the lower air intake has an understated appearance.
On the sides, the GV70 Electric sports exclusive 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the Electrified GV70 skips the GV70’s grilles and vertically positioned tailpipes on the bumper. The body-colored, simpler design gives a cleaner styling to the electric SUV. Power-adjustable, heated, and auto-dimming mirrors, panoramic sunroof, puddle lights with ‘Genesis’ logo, and electrically operated, hands-free smart power liftgate with auto-open are some of the other exterior highlights.
Inside, the new Genesis Electrified GV70 may look even less different from the model it replaces. We expect improved functioning and updated graphics on the screens, new trim and upholstery choices, and greater usage of eco-friendly materials. The current model offers a solid foundation, with an upscale design, loaded comfort and convenience features, and high-end technologies.
This vehicle is furnished with a wide variety of materials including wool woven seats and recycled nylon flooring, that are used in an eco-friendly way, all in a high-quality finish.Markus Henne, CEO of Genesis Motor China at the world premiere on 19 November 2021
As for the current Electrified GV70 that’s available at U.S. retailers today, Genesis says its center tunnel is lower than that of the gas model so that it can offer an equivalent amount of second-row space. The electric mid-size SUV features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heads-up display, Ergo Motion front seats, 14.5-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with Augmented Reality navigation, and fingerprint recognition.
In addition to the advanced electronics, comfort features like the 14-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar and cushion extension, 12-way power front passenger seat with 4-way power lumbar, integrated memory system with Smart Posture Care, heated rear seats, etc. could be carried over. Genesis has used Tricoat yarn, a weave made from recycled plastic bottles and waste nets, in the headliner and pillar trim. The company may offer a new, vegan upholstery option in the new Electrified GV70.
There’ll be a long list of safety features, too, including but not limited to Surround View Monitor, Blind-Spot View Monitor, Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist – Rear (PCA-R), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) with Lane Following Assist (LFA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), and Forward Attention Warning (FAW).
There’s no word on the specifications of the new Genesis Electrified GV70 yet. We expect details to emerge in a few months, and the car to sport improvements in charging and range. Below’s a wrap-up of the present model.
Power & Torque
The Genesis Electrified GV70 comes exclusively in all-wheel drive, with both axles having a propulsion motor. The two motors generate a total power and total torque of 320 kW (429 hp) and 516 lb.-ft., respectively. A boost mode is available in the GV70 EV, and it increases the powertrain’s maximum power to 360 kW (483 hp) for 10 seconds.
Charging & Range
A 77.4 kWh battery pack is standard in the Electrified GV70. Genesis has applied a 400-volt/800-volt multi-quick charging system that supports various charging infrastructures. This system uses the electric powertrain and inverter to boost the 400-volt voltage supplied from the charger to 800 volts.
Customers can use a 350 kW rapid charger to charge the battery pack from 10% to 80% capacity in just 18 minutes. Using a Level 2 charger, charging from 10 to 100% level takes about 7 hours. A V2L feature is available to supply up to 3.6 kW of power from the battery pack. The EPA-est. range is 236 miles.
DAS & ANC-R
The Disconnector Actuator System (DAS) of the Electrified GV70 can automatically connect/disconnect the motor and driveshaft as per the driving conditions. Genesis has equipped it with Smart Regenerative Braking System, which takes driving habits, real-time navigation information, and road conditions into consideration while regenerating energy. One-pedal driving is possible in the new electric SUV with what Genesis calls i-Pedal (Intelligent Pedal). The inclusion of Active Noise Control-Road (ANC-R) also makes the driving experience comfortable.
|Aspect||Genesis Electrified GV70 Specification|
|Ground Clearance||6.9 in.|
|Cargo Volume (rear seats up/rear seats folded)||28.7 cu. ft./56.5 cu. ft.|
|No. of Motors||Two|
|Motor Power||320 kW (429 hp) in normal mode/360 kW (483 hp) in boost mode|
|Motor Torque||516 lb.-ft.|
|Battery Pack||77.4 kWh|
|Level 2 Charging Time (10-100% SoC)||~7 hours|
|Level 3 Charging Time (10-80% SoC)||73 minutes (50 kW charger)/18 minutes (350 kW charger)|
|EPA-est. Range)||236 miles|
The new Genesis Electrified GV70 will likely start arriving at U.S. dealerships in late 2024. Its availability will likely be limited to select states. The electric SUV is only available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Retail in the U.S.
Genesis has been capitalizing on Hyundai showrooms to sell cars in the U.S., but that will slowly change. Distancing itself from the mainstream brand is necessary to realize Genesis’ ambitions of a luxury label, and central to that is a premium car shopping experience. According to a MotorTrend report, Genesis spokesperson Jarred Pellat has said that Genesis plans to have 150 dealer showrooms in the USA.
The first exclusive Genesis dealership opened in Lafayette, Louisiana, in March 2022. Genesis already runs a brand experience center in the United States. Called Genesis House, it’s a three-story building spread over 46,000 sq. ft. in New York. It includes not only a showroom but also a South Korean restaurant and a teahouse, as well as a cafe, a boutique, a lightbox theater, and an outdoor deck.
Knowing how the Koreans operate, the 2024 Genesis Electrified GV70 is expected to feature extensive updates, including a refreshed exterior, enhanced interior, and improved range and performance. While it may not achieve the range or performance levels of the Tesla Model Y, the GV70 will offer a luxurious electric vehicle experience, boasting higher quality materials, an abundance of comfort features, and a compelling value proposition.
New Genesis GV70 EV FAQs
What is the new Genesis Electrified GV70 release date?
The new Genesis Electrified GV70 may begin arriving at U.S. dealerships in late 2024 or early 2025.
Which models will be the new Genesis Electrified GV70 rivals?
What is the expected price of the Genesis GV70 EV?
Expect prices to start at around USD 67,000 when it enters the U.S. market.
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