Series production of the Genesis eGV70 will begin in December this year, says a new exclusive report on asiatime.co.kr. This development leads us to believe that the electric crossover’s US launch could happen anytime beginning in the first half of 2022.
The Genesis eGV70 was spied on road tests for the first time in December last year. Naver user soonjung8116 had shared spy pictures of the rumored Genesis GV70 electric variant from South Korea. Being a derivative EV model, the Genesis eGV70 is identical to the GV70 for the most part. It has some clever EV traits to set itself apart from the ICE model, though.
The spy shots show the Genesis eGV70 featuring a closed-off panel in place of the dark chrome-garnished grille, but in the same ‘Crest’ design. On the sides, the alloy wheels aren’t oversized units and they flaunt a more aerodynamic design, in the name of efficiency. Similarly, the bumpers on the electric SUV could be slightly different having spent extra time in a wind tunnel.
The interior of the Genesis eGV70 would have minor visual and functional differences on the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. In addition, Hyundai Motor Group may use more eco-friendly materials in the electric variant as well. Vegan leather, for instance, is a new trend among luxury electric SUVs these days.
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There’s no word on the specifications of the Genesis eGV70 yet. A range of 310 miles is expected in Korea, but the EPA-estimated rating in the U.S. market could be slightly lower. The Genesis eGV70 could rival the likes of Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and BMW iX3. Challengers may include the all-American Tesla Model Y dedicated electric SUV as well.
Genesis has a more exciting and competitive electric SUV in the Genesis GV60 (codename: Genesis JW) that is also set to come out this year. Unlike the eGV70, it is designed from the ground up as an electric car having advanced features like wireless charging, virtual mirrors and all-wheel drive, riding on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP electric architecture. The Genesis GV60 is scheduled to enter production in August.
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