Genesis, Hyundai’s premium brand, unveiled its first electric car from scratch, the GV60, last year. This 4.51-meter long compact crossover, conceived as a rival to the Mercedes-Benz EQA and Volvo C40 Recharge, will also be the smallest model produced by the Korean manufacturer.
The company has now confirmed its commercialization in two European markets of great importance, Germany and the United Kingdom (it is hoped that later it will reach other regions of the old continent). The order books will open in the coming weeks, although the first deliveries will not take place until the end of the year.
The Genesis GV60 sits on the E-GMP modular platform, already seen in the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and KIA EV6. This advanced architecture has an 800-volt electrical system, which allows our protagonist to go from 10 to 80% charge in just 18 minutes (its peak power will be 239 kW in direct current).
Unlike the IONIQ 5 and EV6, which are also available with a 58 kWh pack, the GV60 will only be offered with 77.4 kWh capacity batteries. It will be available in three versions, one rear-wheel drive (Premium) and two with all-wheel drive (Sport and Sport Plus), the first being more efficient and the last two more powerful.
The Genesis GV60 will exceed 515 kilometers WLTP of autonomy
Thus, the Premium access model will have 228 hp (168 kW) and 350 Nm of torque, the intermediate Sport will go to 318 hp (234 kW) and 605 Nm, and the superior Sport Plus will reach 435 hp (320 kW) and 605 Nm. In addition, this latest variant will feature a Boost Mode that will increase power to 489 hp (360 kW) and torque to 700 Nm for 10 seconds, allowing it to do 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds.
So far, only the homologated autonomies have been revealed under the Korean cycle, which usually shows lower figures than the European WLTP (the Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai IONIQ 5 and KIA EV6 announce respectively 406 km, 429 km, and 475 km in their country of origin, while in Europe they reach 484 km, 481 km, and 528 km).
In the case of the Genesis GV60, the Premium version achieves 451 km of range, the Sport 400 km, and the Sport Plus 368 km. However, the brand has confirmed that the rear-wheel-drive variant will be capable of exceeding 515 km WLTP, thus bettering its main rivals.