New Genesis Electrified GV70 electric SUV unveiled

The luxury South Korean car maker’s new BMW iX3 and Mercedes EQC rival is expected to arrive in 2022, with prices to be a announced closer to launch

The Genesis Electrified GV70 is the latest zero-emissions SUV to make its debut, and is a likely rival to the BMW iX3, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC, among others. 

Pricing and a specific launch date have yet to be announced, but we expect the premium electric SUV will arrive some time in 2022 priced from around £60,000 if the price tags of its rivals are anything to go by.

Styling-wise, the electric version of the GV70 is largely unchanged from the petrol and diesel-powered models. However, like the Electrified G80 saloon, the zero-emissions GV70 does feature a closed-off grille for improved aerodynamics, and that also hides the charging port.

The electric GV70’s cabin will feature several “eco-friendly materials” and will be offered in Glacier White, while it has also lowered the car’s centre console to ensure rear passenger space is on par with the combustion-engine models.

The Electrified GV70 is only available with all-wheel drive, thanks to a twin electric-motor setup that produces 483bhp and 700Nm of torque in Boost mode. As a result, 0-62mph in the new Genesis takes just 4.5 seconds. For comparison, the Jaguar I-Pace takes 0.3 seconds longer to do the same sprint, with the zero-emissions Genesis matching the top-of-the-range Audi e-tron for acceleration.

While Genesis hasn’t disclosed the exact size of the battery in the electric SUV, it can offer up to 310 miles (500 kilometres) on a charge, according to China’s CLTC standard, or a little more than 250 miles (400 kilometres) on the more stringent Korean EV certification system.

Range figures from the WLTP test cycle are likely to be announced closer to the car’s launch. The Electrified GV70 is also able to switch between two and four-wheel drive for improved efficiency and increased range, based on speed and driving mode.

The car also shares some technical features with its Hyundai Group electric siblings, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. Like them, you can recharge the Electrified GV70 from 10-80% in just 18 minutes if you use a 350kW DC rapid charger thanks to its 800v charging system. Genesis claims the Electrified GV70 is also capable of one-pedal driving, much like the Honda e city car.

Another notable feature of the Electrified GV70 is its Active Noise Control-Road (ANC-R) system, which eliminates road noise by analysing data from the four sensors and eight microphones built into the car and then “simultaneously creating inverted sound waves” – the same principle behind noise-cancelling headphones.

This latest zero-emissions SUV completes the trio of electric models Genesis said it would be launching within 12 months of its arrival in the UK car market. The first to be unveiled was the Electrified G80 saloon that competes with the Mercedes EQE and the electric BMW 5 Series we recently spied testing, while the GV60 coupe-SUV is the luxury brand’s sister model to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.

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