Genesis GV60: The first battery-electric car from the luxury Hyundai brand

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Hyundai’s noble brand Genesis presents its first electric car, the GV60. Claim: “A new standard for luxury electric cars with high performance and functions that are emotionally connected to the customer,” as Jay Chang, global head of the Genesis brand, puts it. Sure, a little distinction is needed to stand out from the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric cars that are already available on the same basis (“E-GMP”).

The manufacturer calls it a Coupé Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). The calm lines are elegant, while the short overhangs with a long wheelbase of 2900 mm create an optical compactness. The low-set radiator grille and a bowl-shaped front hood that is pulled downwards create a remarkably calm front compared to the aggressively designed corrugations and holes in many German electric vehicles. The coupé roof profile ends at the rear with an unmistakable spoiler below the rear window. Progressive details include cameras instead of side mirrors and flush fitted door handles that extend electrically as soon as the key approaches the car.

The interior design is only just beginning to break away from conventional ideas. So there is no longer the massive center console, as the electric drive made it completely superfluous, but as atavistic organs there are still an island floating in front and a bulge in the lower front footwell. Instead of the selector lever, the upper part stages a crystal ball that is supposed to “create an emotional connection between the driver and the vehicle”. It rotates 180 degrees when the GV60 is switched on and then presents its underside. As expected, the CAR-Integrated Cockpit (CCIC) uses a panorama display behind the steering wheel, plus additional screens in the middle of the dashboard.

Instead of a key, the vehicle can open up to two saved persons via Face ID using a camera in the B-pillar, Genesis calls this “Face Connect”, plus fingerprint authentication. Face Connect also calls up the saved personal settings for the head-up display (HUD), driver’s seat, steering wheel, side mirrors and infotainment. OTA software updates are not only imported for infotainment system functions, such as navigation, the digital instrument cluster, and the head-up display (HUD), but also for other key areas including drive control, adaptive suspension, control of brakes, Steering wheel, airbags and driver assistance systems.

The GV60 is available in three versions: a rear-wheel drive model, an all-wheel drive model and a performance model with all-wheel drive. Each has a 77.4 kWh battery, which is supposed to give the rear-wheel drive model a tentatively promised range of 451 km per charge. Its motor offers 168 kW and 350 Nm. The all-wheel drive model has a 160 kW engine at the rear and a 74 kW engine at the front. Genesis gives its total output with 234 kW, the torque with 605 Nm, the range with a maximum of 400 km. The performance model should bring 160 kW each to the front and rear axles, a total output of 320 kW, with a torque of 605 Nm. The manufacturer puts its range at 368 km per charge. In the all-wheel drive model, the drive shafts of the motor that is not required can be uncoupled in order to avoid drag losses.

In boost mode, which the driver can activate on the steering wheel, there is so much power available for 10 seconds that the vehicle should accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4 seconds. A drift mode enables a dynamic driving experience due to a redistribution of drive and braking power as well as a corresponding control of the “electronic slip differential” (E-LSD), which is normally responsible for the most perfect possible slip suppression.

At the front, Genesis uses a lower wishbone and a steering knuckle with support via a spring-damper strut (McPherson), at the rear there is a five-link suspension. The GV60 has adaptive predictive suspension that uses information from the front camera and navigation system to adjust damping in advance.

A “multi-rapid charging system” can invert the 400 to 800 volts present at certain charging stations in order to accelerate charging. When charging at 350 kW with the “ultra-speed charging function”, the battery should be able to be charged from ten to 80 percent in 18 minutes. A maximum of 11 kW is possible with alternating current. In addition, the GV60 offers a V2L function with which its battery can operate other electrical devices up to 3.6 kW.


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