New 2022 Genesis GV60 electric coupe-SUV: price, specs and walkaround video
Hyundai luxury spinoff brand’s latest electric car goes on sale on 6 June; prices from £47,005
UK prices and specifications for the all-new Genesis GV60 have been revealed, with the brand confirming order books for its first electric car will open on 6 June. Three trim levels, badged Premium, Sport and Sport Plus, will be offered, with prices starting from £47,005.
All versions use a 77.4kWh battery – the same unit found in the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 – but each is offered with a different motor combination. Entry-level Premium cars (from £47,005) get a single 225bhp motor driving the rear wheels, while the Sport (£53,605) and Sport Plus (£65,405) add a motor to the front axle for all-wheel drive. These cars produce 314 and 429bhp respectively.
The Genesis GV60 uses the same underpinnings as the EV6 and Ioniq 5, and will take on the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 e-tron and Ford Mustang Mach-E. Genesis has already promised three electric models: the already-revealed Electrified G80 saloon will arrive in the UK soon, with the Electrified GV70 SUV – a rival for BMW iX3 and Mercedes EQC.
Prospective customers are able to secure their GV60 now with a fully refundable £1,000 deposit, with first customer set to begin in June 2022.
Genesis GV60 battery, range and performance
The entry-level rear-drive GV60 Premium gets a single electric motor producing 225bhp and 350Nm of torque and a range of 321 miles, according to Genesis. If you go for the all-wheel-drive Sport model, power is boosted to 314bhp and 605Nm of torque, but range drops to 292 miles.
At the top of the GV60 range is the performance-focused Sport Plus version: Genesis’ equivalent to the Kia EV6 GT and the forthcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 N. It also features a dual-motor setup, pumping out a healthy 429bhp, with torque unchanged at 605Nm. However, in what Genesis is calling 'Boost' mode, the performance model will produce 482bhp and 700Nm of torque – but only for 10 seconds.
With Boost activated, 0-62mph will reportedly take four seconds, while range is reduced again for this version to 289 miles. There’s also Drift mode, which optimises power distribution to the rear axle for more playful handling.
Charging and technology
Like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Genesis supports V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) charging, allowing you to power other electronics, such as a laptop or projector, using the car’s battery. The GV60 also features active noise cancelling to improve refinement, as well as a system called Road Preview, which uses data from the car’s cameras and navigation system to adjust suspension settings on the move for extra comfort.
Genesis has done away with an old-fashioned key fob for the GV60; the car’s ‘Fingerprint Authentication System’ allows you to start it without a key. In markets outside of Europe, the GV60 also has facial-recognition capability. This ‘Face Connect’ system uses a camera in the B-pillar to identify you, and will then unlock the door when you pull the handle. According to Genesis, the system will work in a variety of conditions, including cloud or darkness, thanks to an infrared camera. When you're successfully recognised by the car, the system automatically loads your pre-saved seat and mirror positions, as well as your infotainment and head-up display preferences.
Every model features dual 12.3-inch screens, as well as wireless phone charging, plus a suite of safety systems, including lane-keeping assistance, driver attention warnings, high-beam assist, navigation-based smart cruise control, highway driving assistance and a surround-view monitor, among others. The car can also receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates from Genesis, while digital side mirrors and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) charging capability are available as optional extras.
Design and interior
The distinctive styling of the GV60 is designed to maximise the car’s efficiency, but still features design cues from other Genesis models, such as quad headlights and a large grille. This is also the first Genesis to feature a clamshell bonnet. There’s 432 litres of boot space, plus a 53-litre ‘frunk’ under the bonnet of the rear-wheel-drive model. The latter shrinks to just 20 litres in the all-wheel-drive model, due to the presence of a second motor.
Inside, the GV60 has a dual-screen dashboard – Similar to those found in the EV6, Ioniq 5 and the new Kia Sportage and Niro SUVs – and a head-up display. There’s also a 'floating' centre control that houses the fingerprint scanner and other controls, including the gear selector, which is only revealed when the car is turned on. Press the start button, and the GV60’s Crystal Sphere flips over.
GV60 customers also have the choice of four additional packages, such as ‘Innovation’ and ‘Comfort Seat’, which add more safety technology, infotainment features and opportunities to personalise the interior. Buyers can also add digital side mirrors for £1,240, Nappa leather upholstery for £2,310, or a glass panoramic sunroof at £1,120.
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