New Genesis Electrified GV70 SUV arrives as brand’s third electric car
The all-electric Genesis Electrified GV70 SUV boasts a dual-motor setup and more than 310 miles of range
The Genesis GV70 SUV has been given a fully-electric transformation, to go head-to-head with the Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC. Called the Genesis Electrified GV70, this new zero-emissions version of the GV70 uses a dual-motor four-wheel drive setup producing 483bhp, and offers 350kW rapid charging capability.
Based on the standard GV70 SUV, the Electrified variant receives numerous tweaks aimed at improving efficiency and packaging.
Outside, there's a new front bumper design with a smoother facia, aimed at reducing aerodynamic drag. The lower grilles are integrated more neatly within the bodywork, and without the cooling requirements of a combustion engine, the large Genesis 'crest' grille has been completely closed off, enabling smoother airflow over the front of the car. The grille also incorporates a hidden charging port.
Elsewhere, the electric GV70 is fitted with a new design of 20-inch alloy wheel, and in the absence of a set of tailpipes, Genesis has redesigned the rear bumper for a smoother, cleaner look.
The cabin receives a number of unique design touches, too. The Electrified GV70 is offered with a Glacier White interior, which is trimmed in a variety of ‘eco-friendly materials’. The absence of a traditional gearbox and prop shaft running through the middle of the car has allowed for a lower central tunnel, too.
The Electrified GV70 is offered with a dual-motor four-wheel drive setup. The two motors deliver a combined maximum output of 483bhp and 700Nm of torque when the car’s ‘Boost Mode’ is enabled, which propels the GV70 from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds - 0.6 seconds faster than the Mercedes EQC.
Genesis hasn’t detailed the size of the Electrified GV70’s battery, but the car offers more than 310 miles of range according to China’s CLTC standard. Using the more stringent Korean EV testing regime, the GV70 achieves 249 miles.
Like other electric cars in the Hyundai Group, such as the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, the electric GV70 utilises an 800V architecture, for ultrafast charging. The brand claims that when plugged in to a 350kW rapid charging station, such as an Ionity point, a 10-80 per cent battery top-up takes just 18 minutes.
Like the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, the Electrified GV70 includes 3.6kW ‘vehicle to load’ charging capability. This allows the user to power electrical appliances, or charge another electric vehicle, using the car’s onboard charging system.
On the move, the electric GV70 will switch from four to two-wheel drive to maximise efficiency, by decoupling an electric motor and reducing energy losses. The car’s ‘Smart Regenerative Braking System’ analyses driving habits and road conditions to alter the level of energy recuperation, too. Full one-pedal driving is possible, and the Electrified GV70 is also equipped with an e-Terrain driving mode to tackle tricky surfaces.
For improved refinement, noise-cancelling technology has been fitted to reduce tyre roar, which works by using microphones and sensors to project inverted sound waves through the car’s speakers. The GV70’s forward-facing camera and navigation system are also used to analyse upcoming road conditions and prime the suspension to suit.
Genesis hasn’t revealed what the Electrified GV70 will cost, but we expect it to undercut the Mercedes EQC when it arrives next year, with a starting price of around £60,000.
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