Genesis GV60 officially revealed as the brand’s first dedicated EV

The Genesis GV60, the first dedicated Genesis electric car, has finished its digital world premiere. The new electric SUV competes with the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, and the upcoming Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept’s production version.

Here’s our comprehensive look at the GV60 that is also heading to Europe, Australia, and the United States.

Genesis GV60 Exterior

Video Source: YouTube/Genesis_worldwide

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

The Genesis GV60 is smaller than the Genesis GV70e, the all-electric variant of the midsize SUV, coming out in 2022. It has the signature design touches as other Genesis SUVs, but the body style differs significantly.

Genesis GV60 white front three quarters
The Genesis GV60’s closest rivals are the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron and the upcoming Lexus LF-Z Electrified. Image Source: Genesis

At the front, the GV60 features the signature Two-Line Quad Lamps with jewel-pattern LEDs, a new Crest Grille that is wider and located at the bottom (instead of between the headlamps), a clamshell hood, and a new wing emblem that is nearly 80% slimmer and features the Guilloché pattern of luxury watches.

The Genesis GV60 is an SUV-coupe, and the sides and the rear are reminiscent of the Genesis Mint Concept from the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The rising beltline and roofline take after the concept car.

The vehicle’s roof steeply slopes into the rear, which is a coupe’s core design attribute. A chrome window trim drops down at the C-pillar to form an edgy V shape behind the rear quarter glass. Genesis calls this portion the “Volt DLO.” Another sharp element on the sides is the camera-based virtual mirrors or digital mirrors. Seamless and minimal body surfacing without undercuts or character lines lends an understated appearance, in line with the silent yet highly capable zero-emissions powertrain.

Genesis GV60 white rear three quarters
With a high rear deck, the slippery body shell of the Genesis GV60 should achieve a high level of aerodynamic efficiency. Image Source: Genesis

The flush door handles operate electrically, automatically popping out on approaching the car. The charging port is above the right wheel arch, and it has a semi-circular, dot-pattern LED indicator to show the charging status. 19-, 20-, and 21-inch will be the alloy wheel sizes available.

At the rear, the shape of the tailgate is reminiscent of the Volvo C40, but the design is original. The roofline smoothly slopes down to merge swiftly with a curvy tailgate, which sports a black spoiler at the end of the windscreen. The black inside portion of the V shape on the C-pillar is black flows out to meet the rear spoiler. The taillights split into four segments in a signature style, but they become squinted towards the inside, unlike other Genesis models.

Color options

The Genesis GV60’s color palette includes an outlandish lime green paint option called Sao Paulo Lime. Another exciting upcoming electric crossover SUV is the Porsche e-Macan arriving in 2023. Porsche offers interesting colors like Frozen Bue Metallic and Frozen Berry Metallic that appeal to young customers and stands out in the crowd. An inspired Genesis product team has come up with such a color palette for the offbeat GV60.

Genesis offers the GV60 EV in a total of 11 color options:

  1. Sao Paulo Lime [New]
  2. Hanauma Mint [New]
  3. Atacama Copper [New]
  4. Atacama Copper Matte [New]
  5. Vik Black
  6. Uyuni White
  7. Matterhorn White
  8. Saville Silver
  9. Carbon Metal
  10. Melbourne Gray
  11. Royal Blue

Genesis GV60 Interior

The Genesis GV60 follows the latest design trend of minimalist vibes. The dashboard, center console, and instrument panel have a low-profile look typical of new-generation electric cars. A circular theme is visible on several parts, such as the visibly compact two-spoke steering wheel with scrollers for various functions, the horn cover, door handles, electronic gear selector, and side mirror adjuster.

The electronic gear selector is the Genesis GV60’s main attraction on the inside. Called ‘Crystal Sphere’ and originating from the Genesis X Concept, it’s a sphere-shaped shift-by-wire that doubles as a configurable mood light when the vehicle is off. When the driver is ready to drive, it rotates, and the shift-by-wire appears. It takes the EV’s futuristic character to a whole new level. As it can indicate whether the vehicle is on or not, something that’s not easily perceivable in an EV, it serves as a safety feature as well.

Speaking of future-forward tech, there are two screens, one each on the front door panel, showing the feed of the virtual mirrors. Virtual mirrors reduce blind spots and provide a clearer view in dark cloudy weather or the case of direct sunlight. They reduce the vehicle width, which means easier parking and reduced wind noise, resulting in a more peaceful cabin atmosphere at freeway speeds. There’s also the benefit of a smaller form factor and thus better aerodynamics due to reduced drag.

Virtual instrument cluster, compact touchscreen climate control panel, floating widescreen infotainment system, and slim horizontal air vents are some of the other interior highlights of the GV60. Lastly, the driver and passengers can relax by playing one of the EV’s four mood sounds – Relax, Energetic, Bright, and Warm – on the 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with Hi-Res audio output.

The interior is a notch above the Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6, featuring 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.

Soft-touch fabrics and high-quality dashboard trim set the opulence luxury car customers usually expect. Genesis makes many of the GV60’s interior materials using eco-friendly and recycled items. For example, it has used plant-based leather on the seats, door armrests, and crash pads. Another example is the usage of fabrics made with yarns extracted from recycled PET bottles and fishnets for the EV’s seat covers and door center trims.

The first dedicated Genesis EV has 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. It would allow the driver and front passenger to feel virtually closer and the rear passengers to access the wireless smartphone charger.

Genesis GV60 (Genesis JW) interior rear seats spy shot
A spy shot shows the GV60’s rear cabin, revealing that the headroom is unaffected by the sporty roofline. Image Source: blog.naver.com/sunghoon617

The Genesis GV60’s roof doesn’t slope steeply until the C-pillar, so it doesn’t compromise the headroom in the back much. Moreover, the dedicated EV platform should allow a lower floor and thus placing the seats lower than in a conventional SUV-coupe with an internal combustion engine.

Though it shares the basic architecture with the Ioniq 5, the Genesis GV60 is a luxury class model with more creature comforts. For example, unlike in the Hyundai EV, dedicated AC vents for rear passengers are located in the B-pillars. Also, note shiny applications on the AC vents and door panels, typical of luxury cars. The second-row seats could have a sliding function, besides reclining, for flexibility in the boot compartment.

Interior colors

Genesis offers five different interior color options for the GV60:

  1. Obsidian Black
  2. Torrent Navy
  3. Ash Gray/Glacier White
  4. Monstera Green/Camel Beige
  5. Monstera Green/Glassier White

New unlocking methods

Face recognition

The Genesis GV60 features a recognition system called ‘Face Connect’ for convenient unlocking. A Near Infra-Red (NIR) camera located on the driver-side B-pillar automatically scans the driver’s face to unlock the doors. Even if the keys are inside the vehicle, the driver can use Face Connect to unlock. Thus, customers will enjoy outdoor activities like running, swimming, surfing, canoeing, etc., with peace of mind, placing the keys inside the vehicle. Face Connect stores up to two faces in its data at a time.

If the driver unlocking the vehicle has a saved profile for different settings, the vehicle automatically makes any required changes when unlocking. The driver’s seat, steering wheel, side mirrors, and infotainment system automatically adjust as per the driver profile.

Fingerprint recognition

As customers experience in the gas-powered Genesis GV70, the Genesis GV60 has a fingerprint reader. The driver can enter the vehicle using face recognition and turn it on using a fingerprint reader. Biometric authentication allows conveniently making payments from inside the vehicle and releasing the Valet mode as well.

Digital Key 2

The GV60 is the first Genesis model to feature Digital Key 2, an upgraded version of the brand’s Digital Key. This feature is not available right now, but the company will enable it with an OTA software update in December 2021.

Digital Key requires the driver to hold their smartphone up against the front door handle to unlock the vehicle. With Digital Key 2, the driver has to simply touch the door handle to unlock the vehicle; there’s no need to take out the smartphone. Digital Key 2 uses ultra-wideband wireless communication to detect the key. As in the case of the original version, the owner can share the vehicle’s digital key with up to three people.

The Digital Key 2 feature may allow Genesis GV60 customers to book a vehicle pickup and charging service and have it executed remotely. We’re yet to get a confirmation about this service.

Safety

The Genesis GV60 features eight airbags and a slew of advanced driver assistance systems, listed below:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA)
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
  • Navigation based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2)
  • Surround View Monitor (SVM)
  • Rear Cross-traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
  • Rear Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA).

Genesis GV60 specifications

Dimensions

The Genesis GV60 is 4,515 mm (177.8 in. long), 1,890 mm (74.4 in. wide), and 1,580 mm (62.2 in.) tall. It has a long wheelbase of 2,900 mm (114.2 in.) wheelbase. Other dimensions, including cargo space, aren’t out yet.

Range

The Genesis GV60 EV sits on the same platform as all the Ioniq 5 and the EV6 – Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). A 77.4 kWh battery pack is standard in the GV60, and it’s possible to charge using 400-volt and 800-volt charging systems. Using 800-volt, it’s possible to achieve a peak charging rate of 350 kW.

Charging from 10 to 80% SoC at 350 kW takes only 18 minutes. Normal charging with alternating current is possible at up to 11 kW. On a full charge, the GV60 can achieve a range of up to 451 km. Plug-and-charge technology allows hassle-free charging. The charger automatically recognizes the EV and starts charging on plugging in, and automatic payment processing using the EV’s stored payment information is another advantage.

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

A V2L function allows supplying up to 3.6 kW power to external electronic devices. 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.

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

Performance

The GV60 comes in three different configurations with different motors and drivetrain layouts. The base configuration has a single, rear-mounted motor that generates 168 kW and 350 Nm of torque. The base GV60 RWD’s range is 400 km.

The mid-level configuration offers an AWD drivetrain layout with a 160 kW motor powering the rear wheels and a 74 kW motor powering the front wheels. Together, the two motors deliver 234 kW of power and 605 Nm of torque. The GV60 can travel up to 400 km on a full charge in this configuration.

The top-end configuration, called Performance AWD, offers the best performance figures from the three options. It sports two 160 kW motors, one at the front and one at the rear. The total power and total torque of the second powertrain are 320 kW and 605 Nm, respectively. The range of the GV60 Performance is 368 km.

AspectGenesis GV60 RWD SpecificationGenesis GV60 AWD SpecificationGenesis GV60 Performance AWD Specification
Battery Pack Storage Capacity77.4 kWh77.4 kWh77.4 kWh
Drivetrain LayoutRWDAWDAWD
MotorsOneOneTwo
Motor LocationRearFront and rearFront and rear
Power168 kW (225 hp)234 kW (314 hp)320 kW (429 hp)
Power (Boost Mode)NANA360 kW (483 hp)
Torque350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.)605 Nm (446 lb.-ft.)605 Nm (446 lb.-ft.)
Torque (Boost Mode)NANA700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.)
Range (S. Korea)451 km (280 miles) with 19-inch wheels400 km (249 miles) with 19-inch wheels/380 km (236 miles) with 20-inch wheels368 km (229 miles) with 21-inch wheels
Energy Efficiency (S. Korea)5.1 km/kWh with 19-inch wheels4.5 km/kWh with 19-inch wheels/4.3 km/kWh with 20-inch wheels4.1 km/kWh with 21-inch wheels
Kerb Weight1,985 kg (4,376 lbs) with 19-inch wheels2,095 kg (4,619 lbs) with 19-inch wheels/2,100 kg (4,630 lbs) with 20-inch wheels2,160 kg (4,762 lbs) with 21-inch wheels
Gross Weight2,425 kg (5,346 lbs) with 19-inch wheels2,535 kg (5,589 lbs) with 19-inch wheels/2,540 kg (5,600 lbs) with 20-inch wheels2,580 kg (5,688 lbs) with 21-inch wheels
Weight figure source: Korea Emission & Noise Certification System

Genesis has equipped the GV60 with a Drift Mode, for drivers who have fun going sideways. This mode tweaks the driving power and braking system. An electronic-Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD) that allows optimal distribution of the torque between the left and rear wheels is part of the equipment. The GV60 Performance AWD has an exclusive Boost Mode that unlocks extra power and torque for 10 seconds. It allows accelerating from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 4.0 seconds.

To make the GV60 exciting during spirited driving, Genesis has equipped it with the electric-Active Sound Design (e-ASD) which produces virtual driving sounds based on the driving mode, speed, and accelerator pedal data. There are three sound options: Futuristic, G-Engine, and E-Motor. When driving in a relaxed manner, the driver and occupants can travel more comfortably benefitting from Road Active Noise Control (ANC-R) active noise cancellation technology.

Wireless Charging

Genesis GV60 wireless charging WiTricity
The Genesis GV60 is the world’s first EV featuring factory-installed wireless EV charging technology. Image Source: WiTricity

Genesis brand is the first global car company to offer wireless EV charging capability with GV60. The company has confirmed that it will begin a wireless charging infrastructure pilot project in Q4 2021 (October-December 2021). The GV60 would be able to charge without being plugged in on the floor of supporting parking lots. Should the pilot program be successful, it could offer the innovative convenience feature in the U.S. and Europe from 2023 or later.

Chung Jin-Hwan, Head of the Electrification Development Group at the Hyundai Motor Group, had confirmed that the E-GMP is getting ready to receive wireless EV 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 depend on the market reaction and the business environment changes. Here’s what he said in 2020:

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

To start charging the GV60’s battery pack wirelessly, the driver has to park its front section over a wireless EV charging mat. Genesis has tied up with US-based WiTricity, the company specializing in wireless EV charging, to develop the technology. According to a report from Green Car Reports, this wireless EV charger would be able to provide a “speed of 6 to 8 kWh.”

Genesis attempts to establish an image of leadership in electrification by offering advancements in-vehicle charging. It 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 report from mt.co.kr, Hyundai Motor Group plans to build an exclusive charging network for Genesis in South Korea and has begun preparations ahead of the Genesis GV60 launch.

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.

IONITY is setting up 350 kW chargers along the highways in Europe. For those new to 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.

Release date & Price expectations

The Genesis GV60 is heading to the U.S. market. Genesis has said that the “GV60’s North American deliveries are expected to begin in 2022.” In S. Korea, it goes on sale on October 6, 2021, with prices starting at KRW 59,900,000 (USD 50,518). The annual production target for the luxury alternative to the Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6 for the first year is 20,000 copies, as per an ETNews.com report.

ConfigurationGenesis GV60 Price
GV60 RWDKRW 59,900,000 (USD 50,518)
GV60 AWDKRW 64,590,000 (USD 54,474)
GV60 Performance AWDKRW 69,750,000 (USD 58,826)

Bespoke Genesis GV60

South Korean reports suggest that Genesis is coming up with a bespoke division to cater to customers with unique requirements for styling, security, and other aspects. Think of it like Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), Q by Aston Martin, or Bentley Mulliner.

For models like the GV60, Genesis may offer a personalization option for customers to tweak styling and other aspects as per their needs. In addition, the company may extend this program to make armored cars – the possibilities are limitless. Hyundai Motor Group put a recruitment offer on its South Korean website for ‘Genesis Bespoke (Custom-made) Program Planning and Operation’ earlier this year, so there is truth to the ongoing speculation.

Genesis GV60 heads to Australia & Europe

As per Australian media reports, Genesis plans to launch three EVs in the continent in the first half of 2022, and one of them is the Genesis GV60. It’s certain now that the company will build a right-hand drive version of the electric crossover.

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The Genesis GV60 will likely arrive in Europe in the first half of 2022. Image Source: Genesis

Genesis is improving brand image and expanding outlets in Australia to gear up for the GV60 launch. The company opened a new showroom at the Emporium Melbourne shopping center in July 2021 and has a retail outlet on Pitt Street in Sydney. It plans test drive centers in Brisbane and Gold Coast between October and December 2021 and establishing a new showroom in Brisbane in 2022.

Genesis launched in Europe this summer, beginning with the UK, Germany, and Switzerland. “We are proud to confirm the GV60 will be our second electric car for Europe,” said Dominique Boesch, Managing Director for Genesis Motor Europe. Customer deliveries of the GV60 in the Old Continent should begin in H1 2022.

Our first electric Genesis will be on European roads within the year, and that’s not all. Two more electric vehicles will follow, providing our European customer a choice of three Genesis zero-emission powertrains within our first year in Europe.

Dominique Boesch, Managing Director, Genesis (Europe), in May 2021

Genesis has opened its first European showrooms in London, Munich, and Zurich. The company is not yet present in Norway, which is emerging as a main EV market in the region.

Genesis electric vehicle business strategy

Genesis’ business strategy team has concluded that it is too late in the day for a Genesis hybrid car, and so it is best to leapfrog to BEVs. Citing Del Rosso, CEO of Genesis for the North American region, thedetroitbureau.com reported in October 2020 that Genesis does not plan to launch hybrid or plug-in hybrid cars.

Genesis will become Hyundai Motor Group’s first brand to stop launching fossil fuel vehicles. On September 2, 2021, the company announced that it plans to launch only BEVs and FCEVs from 2025. By 2030, it will phase out fossil fuel models to become a 100% zero-emission vehicle brand. By 2035, the company aims to become carbon neutral, extending its eco-friendliness to all worksites and production plants.

Genesis EV line-up teaser
Genesis plans to have a ZEV line-up of eight models in the future. Image Source: Hyundai Motor Group

In the coming years, Genesis will expand its EV line-up from two to eight models. Four of these are likely to be SUVs, and you see them on the right side of the teaser. Following the Genesis Electrified G80 and Genesis GV60, a Genesis GV70e based on the GV70 will arrive as the brand’s third EV in the following year.

Genesis GV60 FAQs

What is the Genesis GV60 release date?

Genesis says GV60 North American deliveries are expected to begin next year.

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 single charge (WLTP)

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