Genesis GV60 to get fingerprint reader & bigger battery than Ioniq 5 [Update]

As customers experience it in the gas-powered GV70, the Genesis GV60 (codename: Genesis JW) will have a fingerprint reader, Hyundai has confirmed, as per a new report from FNTIMES.COM.

Hyundai revealed that the Genesis GV60 would offer biometric authentication during the conference call to discuss its Q1 2021 business results on April 22. When asked how the GV60 would be different from the Ioniq 5, a company official said that the luxury model would have a “unique design identity, increased motor performance, and increased battery capacity.” The official said that “reinforced connectivity technology and biometric technology that can communicate with the driver” will also be part of the tech package.

We will present an innovative experience with higher performance and sensitivity compared to the Ioniq 5.

Hyundai official (at the Hyundai Q1 2021 business results conference call)

Without confirming the commercial name, Hyundai officials have said that the GV60 is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in the second half of the year.

Genesis GV60 teaser
SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center, teased the Genesis GV60 at the Genesis X concept debut last month. Image Source: youtube.com/Genesis_worldwide

At the unveiling of the Genesis X concept on March 31, SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center, teased the Genesis GV60 in his presentation. The circled model has the jewel-pattern LEDs in place of the quad headlamps with continuous double lines. This is an indicator of the Genesis GV60, as spy pictures confirm test mules featuring this signature.

Here’s our comprehensive look at the first dedicated Genesis electric car that is to be unveiled and launched in the coming months.

Genesis GV60 (Genesis JW) Design

Like the Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6, other troika members of new-age electric cars from the Hyundai Motor Group, the Genesis GV60 will look nothing like any brand model currently on sale. Its offbeat design will reinstate that the company is trying to break the monotony and enter a new era with futuristic technologies.

Genesis GV60 Genesis JW rear spy shot
Image: clien.net

The Genesis GV60 has the signature design touches as other Genesis SUVs, but the body style will differ. A new spy shot has revealed more of the sides and tail section, providing a good understanding of the shape.   

The Genesis GV60 will be an SUV-coupe, and its exterior, at least on the sides and at the rear, will be reminiscent of the Genesis Mint Concept from the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The vehicle’s roof steeply slopes into the rear, which is a coupe’s core design attribute. The design of its rising beltline and roofline has strong hints of the concept car, as one clien.net forum member shows in a pictorial (below). The exterior of the Genesis GV60 will be smaller than the Genesis eGV70, the all-electric variant of the midsize SUV, expected to go on sale in 2022.

In February, a new batch of Genesis GV60 spy pictures revealed the wheel design of the crossover. The criss-cross five dual-spoke alloy wheels could measure 20 inches in diameter and be offered in the mid-tier trims. Previous spy pictures have shown the alloy wheels in a sportier five-twin spoke design, which could be reserved for the most performance-focused configuration, and in an EV-typical aerodynamic design. Prototypes have been testing on 235/55 R19 Michelin Primacy units.

Earlier this month, the GV60 was spotted in vibrant color for the first time. Naver user bigjays shared spy shots of one of its prototypes carrying lime green paint on Naver cafe onlymatiz.

One of the Genesis GV60 competitors is the next-gen Porsche e-Macan arriving in 2022. Porsche is known to offer interesting colors like Frozen Bue Metallic and Frozen Berry Metallic that appeal to young customers and stand out in the crowd. An inspired Genesis product team could plan such a color palette for the GV60 that is offbeat.

Genesis GV60 Interior

In February, the interior of the Genesis GV60 was spied during cold-weather testing in Europe. The pictures, carried by thekoreancarblog.com, implied that the interior is a notch above the Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6, possibly including higher quality and more sophisticated-looking upholstery, more comfort and convenience features like massage seats and rear-seat entertainment system, and a rich color-coding.

The photos showed a similar layout for the cockpit, though, with two large screens in a landscape orientation clubbed together, a virtual instrument cluster, and a central display. AR-enabled head-up display, natural voice recognition, and gesture control are expected to be part of the equipment.

Genesis GV60 interior spy shot
The Genesis GV60 may take after the Ioniq 5 with a movable center console. Ample under-thigh support, side airbag, and reclining rear split seat visible in images. Image: blog.naver.com/sunghoon617

Naver blog user sunghoon617 has published spy shots of the Genesis GV60 interior from S.Korea, providing us a close look at the cabin. While the dashboard and center console are covered, viewers can see the seats, door panels, and space for passengers in these pictures.

The first dedicated Genesis EV will have a skateboard-shaped platform structure that houses the battery pack and other core parts underneath the car to make more cabin space for the occupants. A flat floor is a given, and while a movable center console is likely, it cannot be confirmed from the latest spy pictures because of the cover. It would allow the driver and front passenger to feel virtually closer and the rear passengers to access the wireless smartphone charger.

Genesis GV60 interior & rear seats spy shot
As the roof doesn’t slope steeply before the C-pillar and the floor is flat & low, headroom in the Genesis GV60 would be unaffected by the coupe-like design. Image Source: blog.naver.com/sunghoon617

As the Genesis GV60’s roof doesn’t slope steeply until the C-pillar, headroom doesn’t seem to be affected. Moreover, the dedicated EV platform should allow a lower floor compared to a similar ICE SUV-coupe.

Unlike the Ioniq 5, the Genesis GV60 is a luxury model, which means more creature comforts. For example, unlike in the Hyundai, dedicated AC vents for rear passengers are located in the B-pillars. Also, note the usage of shiny applications on the AC vents and door panels typical of luxury cars. Similarly, the second-row seats could have a sliding function, besides reclining, for flexibility in the boot compartment.

Genesis GV60 specs

As the Genesis GV60 will slot above the Kia EV6 in Hyundai Motor Group’s dedicated compact electric crossover line-up, we conclude that specifications, especially range, will match or better the EV6.

Genesis JW or Genesis GV60 AWD spec card
HMG is developing the Genesis GV60 for South Korea, the USA, and Canada in AWD as well, shows a spy shot from bobaedream.co.kr.

Expect the Genesis GV60 in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants. As stated above, its battery capacity will be higher than Ioniq 5, which customers can order with either a 58 kWh battery pack or a 72.6 kWh battery pack. We expect it to be better than or match that of Kia’s EV6, which is available with 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh options.

The GV60 should have a range (WLTP) of over 510 km or 316 miles in one of the rear-wheel-drive configurations. As for output figures, HMG has developed dual-motor drive systems that can generate up to 430 kW (576 hp) and 740 Nm (546 lb.-ft.). So, the ceiling in the Genesis GV60 range would be in this region.

Genesis GV60 Release & Price expectations

It was an exclusive report from Asia Times that said that Hyundai Motor Group would christen the Genesis JW as the Genesis GV60. It added that the company plans to begin mass production in August.

Peter Lanzavecchia, the chairman of the Genesis National Dealer Advisory Council, has told Automotive News that the Genesis JW (codename) will be commercialized as the Genesis GV60. Lanzavecchia said that that confirmation of the name of the battery-electric vehicle is directly from the company. The premium electric crossover is expected to launch in the U.S. by early next year, but note that the company has not given guidance on the launch schedule.

The unveiling of the Genesis GV60, the first dedicated Genesis EV, is in the second quarter of this year (April – June 2021), South Korea’s ETNews.com had reported last year. The launch in the domestic market would happen in the second half. The annual production target for the luxury alternative to the Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6 has been set 20,000 copies in the first year, ETNews.com had said in an older report.

CarAdvice Australia’s report says that the company would introduce the GV60 in the country this year, signaling that the RHD (Right Hand Drive) configuration is in development concurrently.

The base variant of the Genesis GV60 compact SUV will likely cost about the same as the Genesis GV80 mid-size SUV, suggested a report from The Korea Herald in January. Prices of the US-bound electric SUV will fall between KRW 60 and 90 million or approximately USD 54,000 and 81,000 in the launch market of South Korea.

On the other hand, the top-end Genesis GV60 would cost more than the Genesis GV80 in the brand’s home market, as per the report. For reference, the latter starts at KRW 61.80 million (~USD 55,000) and reaches KRW 67.30 million (~USD 60,000) for the highest specification. Despite the smaller size, the GV60 is in a different league when it comes to features, technology, and ownership cost. Note that the prices quoted are before generous Korean government subsidy for EVs is applied.

To feature virtual mirrors & digital key

Genesis electric vehicle codename JW or Genesis GV60 side profile
A spy shot posted on AutoSpy.net shows the crossover’s compact footprint with tight overhangs and a sloping roofline.

Among the new-age technologies, the Genesis electric SUV will feature virtual exterior mirrors. A spy shot in a video youtube.com channel 김한용의 MOCAR posted indicates that the top-end Genesis GV60 electric SUV will come with virtual ORVMs. The virtual exterior mirrors could come as an optional extra in markets where regulation allows vehicles’ sale without traditional mirrors.

The Audi e-tron became the world’s first mass-production car available with virtual ORVMs when it arrived in 2018. It uses Samsung-made 7-inch OLED displays, which the driver can touch the display and zoom in/out whenever required.

Video Source: youtube.com/김한용의 MOCAR

Virtual mirrors reduce blind spots and provide a clearer view in dark cloudy weather or the case of direct sunlight. There’s also the benefit of a smaller form factor and thus better aerodynamics due to reduced drag. They reduce the vehicle width, which means easier parking and reduced wind noise, resulting in a more peaceful cabin atmosphere at freeway speeds.

The Genesis GV60’s virtual mirrors and the screens showing their feed could be shared with the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Hyundai, briefly talked about this technology during the unveiling. He said:

The Camera Monitor System or CMS is a Digital Side Mirror (DSM) that we are introducing for the first time on a Hyundai model (Ioniq 5). It assists drivers by providing the most optimal viewing angles and eliminating blind spots.

Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Hyundai

Korean media reported that the Kia EV6 would soon receive a Digital Key feature that unlocks the vehicle using a virtual key on the smartphone. The luxury-class GV60 would not miss out on this convenience feature. With the Digital Key installed on the smartphone, the driver can lock, unlock, and start/stop the vehicle without the physical key. The owner can share the vehicle’s Digital Key with friends or family members who frequently drive the vehicle.

An NFC antenna recognizes the Digital Key-enabled smartphone, placed in the handles of the front doors. The person with the Digital Key would tap the smartphone on the door handle to unlock the vehicle. It would become possible to start the vehicle after placing the smartphone on the wireless charging pad. The Digital Key technology may allow Genesis GV60 customers to book a vehicle pickup and charging service and have it executed remotely.

On the E-GMP Platform & Wireless Charging

The Genesis GV60 EV will sit on the same platform as all the Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6 – Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). E-GMP offers the potential to incorporate an 800V high-voltage charging system and offer ultra-fast charging to 80% level in just 18 minutes. This would make electric car charging a similar experience to refueling an internal combustion engine vehicle.

Also Read: 5 lesser-known facets on the Hyundai E-GMP electric vehicle architecture

Genesis brand will reportedly try to be the first global car company to offer wireless charging capability with GV60, as per ETNews. Chung Jin-Hwan, Head of the Electrification Development Group at the Hyundai Motor Group, has confirmed that the E-GMP is getting ready to receive wireless charging capability. HMG would update the platform to accommodate the electrical transmission unit. He said there was no fixed timetable for the launch and that the rollout would be determined by the market reaction and the business environment changes. Here’s what he said last year:

It’s in development, and we have been resolving many issues that inherently arise with wireless charging. Development is still ongoing on both ends, and only after the development is done will we be able to apply the technology to our mass-produced vehicles.

Chung Jin-Hwan, Head of the Electrification Development Group at the Hyundai Motor Group, on wireless charging feature for E-GMP

Wireless charging enables the vehicle to be charged when it is parked like some smartphone models. Genesis plans to offer this feature alongside what it calls “plug and charge” technology. The car communicates with the charging station and manages payments, akin to an electronic toll collection system. The user would not have to pull out his or her credit card or corresponding pay card.

The company has reportedly tied up with US-based WiTricity, the company specializing in wireless charging, to develop the technology. It would be able to provide a “speed of 6 to 8 kWh.” Genesis will offer customers conventional charging solutions via a 7 kW or 11 kW charger.

By offering advancements in vehicle charging, Genesis attempts to establish an image of leadership in electrification, as per ETNews. Genesis targets the global market with the GV60 and plans to raise the competition level with new tech. Wireless charging stations are in a pilot stage in European countries, and standardization and widespread adoption would take some time, but Genesis wants to set the trend.

Exclusive charging stations for the GV60 buyers

Like Tesla customers, Genesis electric car users will enjoy the convenience of charging their vehicle at a dedicated charging station. According to a recent report from mt.co.kr, Hyundai Motor Group plans to build an exclusive charging network for Genesis in South Korea and has begun preparations a few months ahead of the Genesis GV60 launch.

Genesis JW or Genesis GV60 side profile spy shot
The 800V architecture allows charging to up to 80% in just 18 minutes, and 62 miles of range in 5 minutes. Image Source: blog.naver.com/soonjung8116

Initially, Genesis EV charging stations will open up in Seoul, Goyang, Hanam, Anseong, and Yongin. There’s no confirmation, but it’s safe to assume that these charging stations would be of the highest specification, with the 800V high-voltage poles that allow rapid charging at 350 kW. The technology used for the exclusive Genesis EV chargers could be similar to Hyundai’s Hi-Chargers located at Hyundai Motor Studio in Goyang. A dedicated Genesis EV charging network could be set up in the U.S. and other markets as well when the time comes.

Hyundai Motor Group says that an electric car with an 800-volt charging system should offer up to 62 miles range after five minutes of charging. Support for 350 kW high-power chargers is a given, and IONITY has already started setting them up along the highways in Europe. For those new to the name IONITY, it’s a high-end charging network BMW Group, Daimler AG, Porsche AG, and Ford Motor Company have formed in a joint venture. Hyundai Motor Group became a shareholder in September 2019.

V2L socket
Shown here is the V2L outlet of the Ioniq 5, a screenshot from the official product presentation video via Youtube.

Like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Genesis GV60 should have Vehicle to Load or V2L capability to use the vehicle as a power source. V2L enables using the battery pack’s electricity to run home appliances and other high-power equipment, which can prove useful during outdoor activities in remote places and power cuts. Moreover, bidirectional charging allows rescuing another EV stuck due to a depleted battery.

Genesis electric vehicle business strategy

In addition to the Genesis GV60, a Genesis eG80 EV is in the works for the market in the following months, an electric sedan derived from the Genesis G80. Then comes a ‘converted’ electric SUV – the Genesis eGV70 based on the GV70 borrowing the eG80’s powertrain. This electric SUV will enter production this December, as per the Asia Times report.

Hyundai’s luxury brand’s business strategy team may have concluded that it is too late in the day for a Genesis hybrid car and is leapfrogging to BEVs. Citing Del Rosso, CEO of Genesis, thedetroitbureau.com, reported last year that Hyundai’s luxury division does not plan to launch hybrid or plug-in hybrid cars.

Genesis GV60 FAQs

What is the Genesis GV60 release date?

The GV60 will debut in H2 2021 and likely go on sale in the U.S. by early-2022.

Which EVs will the Genesis GV60 challenge?

The Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback & Mercedes EQB are viewed as potential competitors.

What is the expected range of the GV60?

Going by the figures of Ioniq 5 & EV6, expect GV60 to travel at least 316 miles (510 km) on a charge (WLTP)

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