In 2025, Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis will celebrate its tenth anniversary. And the Korean manufacturer wants to seize this opportunity to take the step towards a fully electric range. From 2025 they only want to launch electric models, in 2030 the entire range must consist of EVs and by 2035 Genesis wants to be completely carbon neutral. They are not putting all the eggs in one basket: in addition to BEVs (electric cars with a battery), they also want to bet on FCEV (electric cars with a fuel cell).
So much for the theory, because currently the Genesis range does not have a single electrified model. But that should soon change, because the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6 get a premium cousin: the Genesis GV60. Technical data are currently lacking, we only know that the EV builds around the new E-GMP architecture on which the Ioniq 5 and the EV6 are also built. We would therefore be surprised if Genesis would reach for other electric motors and other battery packs.
Both the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6 rely on a handsome body design, the Genesis GV60 also features remarkable lines. The “radiator grille” retains its distinctive shape, but as this is an electric car it moves to the bumper and creates a closed area between the headlights with the brand’s signature double horizontal line. The shell-shaped bonnet extends to the wheel arches in gray plastic, while the lower lip of the front bumper, the underside of the body and the lower edge of the rear bumper are all in the same color to create a beltline at the bottom of the car.
The wing mirrors of the Genesis GV60 have been replaced by narrower cameras. Just like the A- and B-pillars, they are completely black so that they merge into the mass, making the roof seem to float. The low beltline of the side windows suddenly climbs up at the back for more dynamics. The vaulted roof has a pronounced slope at the level of the boot lid, which should enhance the sporty side of the Genesis GV60. An originally shaped chrome strip zooms the glass surfaces from above. At the rear, the rear aims to be simple, characterized by twin horizontal light blocks on each side in response to the headlights. A spoiler brings a touch of sportiness at the bottom of the rear window and integrates the wide third brake light.
The interior of the Genesis GV60 is drawn very horizontally, with a large screen that serves as a dashboard and infotainment center. A module with physical buttons for controlling the climate control is placed under the strip on the dashboard. The steering wheel with two horizontal spokes resumes the classic control buttons (telephone, radio, etc.) and also has a start button. On each of the door panels is a screen for the images from the outdoor cameras.
As is known, an electric car generally uses a gearbox with a single reduction ratio. Still, an interface is needed to be able to select the different modes – Drive, Rear, Neutral or Parking. After Jaguar introduced a dial in its first XF, Genesis now comes with the Crystel Sphere, an innovative spherical gearbox control:
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