2022 Genesis GV60 electric car revealed: price, specs and release date
New Genesis GV60 electric car will offer a range of more than 300 miles, and features built-in Crystal Sphere mood lighting...
On sale: Spring 2022 | Price from: £45,000 (est)
If you're going to launch into a new market, sometimes it pays to go slow. Apple, for example, waited three years after the launch of the iPhone to introduce the iPad. Genesis clearly didn't get that memo, because despite only launching into the UK market earlier this year, the brand already has two models on sale and has revealed three others which will go on sale soon. Now it's adding a new one – the Genesis GV60.
The new GV60 is the first bespoke electric car to come from the South Korean brand, and uses the same underpinnings as the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5. Those cars will be the GV60's biggest rivals, alongside other more mainstream electric models including the Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model 3 – our reigning Large Electric Car of the Year.
Genesis hasn't revealed many technical details about the GV60 yet, but it's likely to be offered with battery sizes and power outputs to match the EV6 and Ioniq 5. That means buyers can expect 58kWh and 77kWh battery options, with ranges of around 240 and 300 miles respectively. It will be able to charge at up to 350kW if you can find a charging point capable of supplying that rate, meaning a 10-80% charge should take just 18 minutes.
In terms of power, the entry-level GV60 is expected to offer 168bhp from a single electric motor. Mid-range options will have power boosted to around 215bhp, while top-rung versions will get a second motor and four-wheel drive, with around 302bhp on tap.
Inside, the GV60 features digital instruments and a large infotainment touchscreen – both are expected to be the 12.3in units found in the Ioniq 5 and EV6. In the Ioniq 5, we found that this setup could mean that your view of the top of the display could be blocked by the steering wheel, depending on your driving position. The infotainment system was easy to get along with though, with a simple menu layout and helpful physical shortcut buttons below the screen. That layout is the same in the GV60.
One unique feature in the Genesis is the Crystal Sphere gear selector on the centre console. It illuminates the interior with mood lighting when the car is off. There's no word on how much space the GV60 will offer, but if our experience in the Ioniq 5 is anything to go by, expect flexible seating with plenty of space, and a boot that's large enough to handle your holiday luggage.
Pricing won't be announced until closer to the start of sales in the Spring, but we'd expect the GV60 to cost more than its Ioniq 5 and EV6 siblings – after all, Genesis is seen as being Hyundai's luxury brand.
A price of around £45,000 would make the GV60 more expensive than most rivals, but Genesis is hoping to add value by assigning every buyer their own personal assistant, who will be their sole point of contact throughout their ownership.
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