The Genesis GV60 should go on sale in North America sometime in 2022.
Three variants will be available including standard RWD, standard AWD and performance AWD.
The most potent GV60 will boast up to 483 horsepower and blast to 100 km/h in four seconds.
The Genesis GV60 is the Korean luxury brand’s first fully electric model, and it’s seeking to make it stand out by touting it as its most performance-focused model so far.
Slated to go on sale in Korea before the end of the year, and in other markets such as Canada and the United States during the 2022 calendar year, the GV60 just made its official world debut online, after a few teaser images were released back in August.
First of all, the 2023 Genesis GV60 will ride on a 114.2-inch (2,900 mm) wheelbase, same as the 2022 Kia EV6’s with which the GV60 shares its E-GMP electric vehicle architecture. Other outer dimensions include a 177.8-inch (4,515 mm) overall length as well as a width of 74.4 inches (1,890 mm) and a roof height of 62.2 inches (1,580 mm). It’s slightly smaller than the Genesis GV70 and Tesla Model Y, about the same size as the Audi Q4 e-tron.
Three variants will be offered, starting with the standard rear-wheel-drive model that dishes out 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The standard AWD model gets two motors instead of one for 314 horsepower and 446 pound-feet, while a performance AWD GV60 gets 429 horsepower and 446 pound-feet. The latter is capable is blasting from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in four seconds, the automaker claims, and it will even feature a boost mode—temporarily climbing output to 483 hp and 516 pound-feet—and a drift mode.
Each GV60 will be equipped with a 77.4 kWh battery pack, good for a driving range estimated at 280 miles (451 kilometres) on a single charge for the standard RWD, 249 miles (400 km) for the standard AWD variant and 229 miles (368 km) for the performance variant. Maximum charge speed is set at 350 kW, and the vehicle can even serve as a power source via a V2L (Vehicle to Load) function—in other words, to charge other electronic devices or provide electricity while we’re outdoors enjoying our active lifestyle.
Along with the MacPherson front and multilink rear suspension, the 2023 Genesis GV60 will include what is called Preview Electronic Control Suspension. It uses a front-mounted camera and the navigation system map to detect road imperfections in order to dial in optimal comfort or sportiness.
Inspired by the brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design language, stylists created a small crossover with a trendy coupe-like profile. One element Genesis seems particularly proud of is what it calls the chrome Volt DLO (daylight opening) trim, extending from the windshield to the rear ducktail spoiler, with a V-shaped kink connecting the rear doors to the rear window. The GV60 sports a round body with virtually no hard lines or creases, along with digital outside mirrors and electric pop-up door handles.
In addition, 11 paint colors will be offered, at least on the Korean version of the crossover, including its signature São Paulo Lime hue. Inside, five color schemes will be available, including three two-tone layouts.
“The GV60 is the first dedicated EV model with the most dynamic design, representing Genesis’ electrification,” said Jay Chang, Global Head of Genesis brand. “It will set a new standard for luxury electric vehicles with a powerful driving performance and various key features which are emotionally connected to customers.”
A bunch of high-tech gadgets will be introduced on the 2023 Genesis GV60, such as Face Connect that unlocks the doors upon seeing the owner’s face through a pillar-mounted camera. The feature allows auto adjustment of the head-up display, driver’s seat and steering wheel position, side mirrors and infotainment settings. A Fingerprint Authentication System replaces the keyfob and validates in-car payments, while the vehicle’s systems will always be running the latest software thanks to over-the-air updates.
Genesis also introduces its next-generation infotainment system called ccIC, short for connected car Integrated Cockpit, plastering its interface across a panoramic display. A Bang & Olufsen surround sound system with 17 speakers is also available, as are air pocket-filled front seats to relax in utter comfort.
All this pertains to the Korean-market Genesis GV60. Precise details of the North-American version of the performance-infused electric crossover will be announced at a later date. Probably sometime next year as we approach the vehicle’s planned introduction in our continent.