Genesis has outlined more technical details of its first electric car, but prices are yet to be disclosed.
The 2022 Genesis GV60 electric hatchback will be available in three models when it goes on sale in Australia in the first half of next year, Hyundai’s luxury offshoot has revealed.
Pricing for the 2022 Genesis GV60 remains under wraps, however Drive understands it will cost more than the $65,000 drive-away starting price of the Tesla Model 3.
The Genesis GV60 was unveiled last month, but the company is drip-feeding information ahead of its showroom arrival.
Three models will be available : a standard rear-wheel-drive, a standard all-wheel-drive, and a performance all-wheel-drive.
Each example will be equipped with a 77.4kWh battery pack.
In the GV60’s most basic rear-drive guise that battery capacity delivers a claimed maximum driving range of 451km, the standard all-wheel-drive has 400km of driving range, and the performance model has 368km of driving range.
The standard Genesis GV60 rear-wheel-drive has one electric motor (168kW/350Nm).
The standard Genesis GV60 all-wheel-drive is equipped with a 160kW electric motor for the rear wheels and a 74kW electric motor for the front wheels, providing a total claimed output of 234kW/605Nm.
The performance Genesis GV60 has two 160kW electric motors (one each for the front and rear wheels), delivering a claimed total output of 320kW/605Nm.
In the performance model, a “boost mode” button on the steering wheel activates additional oomph for 10 seconds. Genesis claims this delivers a 0 to 100 km/h time of 4.0 seconds.
A mode that Genesis calls the i-Pedal (Intelligent Pedal) is similar to the one-pedal “dodgem car mode” used by some other electric cars, allowing the driver to accelerate, decelerate, and stop using only the accelerator pedal.
Although drifting enthusiasts may not be the target market for the Genesis GV60, the performance model nevertheless has a “drift mode” for “drivers who are looking for a more dynamic experience.”
Genesis says the vehicle is able to be operated in a controlled slide by “optimising the distribution of driving power and the braking system.”
All-wheel-drive models can also adjust how much power is sent to the front or the rear wheels.
For those who are concerned the electric-car driving experience is too quiet inside the cabin, the Genesis GV60 has Active Sound Design (e-ASD), which provides various virtual driving sounds through the speakers based on the driving mode, the vehicle’s speed, and accelerator pedal position.
“Customers can choose from three sounds: a ‘Futuristic’ sound that symbolises the direction of future mobility; a soft and sporty ‘G-Engine’ sound that’s based on engine noises; and an ‘E-Motor’ sound, which reimagines the vehicle’s motor sounds,” says Genesis.
Audiophiles also have the option of a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. High-end models are available digital side-view cameras and monitors in lieu of side mirrors, as per certain Audi electric cars.
The Genesis GV60 is also available with technology that “reads” the road and prepares the suspension milliseconds before the tyres encounter a large bump or pothole.
“The Preview Electronic Control Suspension (Pre-view ECS) uses information gathered from the front camera and navigation system to recognise situations that could have an impact the vehicle, such as speed bumps, in advance,” says Genesis. “It also controls the damping force of the suspension according to the surface of the road to offer passengers optimal comfort.”
The Genesis GV60 has a battery conditioning function to manage battery temperature. The system preheats the battery when the temperature is low, but can also shorten the amount of charging time by adjusting battery temperature.
A 400/800V multi rapid charging system boosts the 400V supplied by the charger to 800V. “It is optimised for the vehicle’s system thanks to the vehicle’s driving motor and inverter, enabling stable and rapid charging with various charging infrastructure,” says Genesis.
When charging at 350kW with the ultra-speed charging function, the battery can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes, Genesis claims. Charging time for the slow charging function has been shortened by increasing the charging capacity from 7.2kW to 11kW.
As is the case with an increasing number of electric cars, the Genesis GV60 can also be used as a mobile power source, as it provides a V2L (vehicle-to-load) function that enables its battery to charge other electronic devices.
“The V2L function supports a 3.6kW charge, which is higher than the power supply in the average home,” says Genesis. “This gives customers the freedom to use electricity regardless of location when camping or enjoying outdoor activities.”
2022 Genesis GV60 fast facts
Energy use: 5.1km per kWh (19-inch wheels and tyres)
Energy use: 4.5km per kWh (19-inch wheels and tyres)
Power: 320kW/605Nm (360kW/700Nm in “boost” mode)
Energy use: 4.1km per kWh (21-inch wheels and tyres)
Dimensions (all variants):
Battery capacity (all variants):
Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.