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Baby GV70! The Entry-Level Genesis GV60 SUV is Coming!

Updated: Feb 21, 2021

Genesis GV60 SUV is here to Fight Tesla Model Y! New Genesis SUV EV with 310 miles Range featuring E-GMP Platform, one of the world's most advanced EV Platform!


Genesis has recently confirmed the name of its upcoming entry-level SUV. The GV60 will be the name of the pure-electric-powered SUV from the Korean luxury brand. Until now, the GV60 has been identified simply as JW, which was the internal development code of the company. As the naming suggests, the GV60 will be slotted below the Genesis GV70 sports SUV. However, despite its more compact exterior, the GV60 is expected to be roomier inside due to the longer wheelbase and the dedicated EV architecture that allows for a flat floor design. The wheelbase of the GV60 is actually as long as the Hyundai Palisade’s 114-inches or 290 cm! This incredible proportion is possible because the GV60 is the first of 3 pure electric vehicles that are based on the Hyundai motor group’s E-GMP dedicated EV platform that allows separate front and rear motors driving all four wheels without any drivetrain in between.

"The E-GMP platform is shared with the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia CV, and its versatility and modularity will allow it to form a basis for other future EV’s from Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia including coupes such as Ioniq 6, based on the Hyundai Prophecy, and larger SUVs such as Ioniq 7"

The new e-GMP or Electric Global Modular Platform also offers skateboard-like chassis that allows for a perfectly flat and useable interior space that’s far more efficient than any conventional vehicle. Also, shift-levers and driving controls will be moved to the steering column to create completely barrier-free interior space that would allow for full flexibility in seat positioning.

World's Most Advanced EV Platform: E-GMP

The E-GMP platform is shared with the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia CV, and its versatility and modularity will allow it to form a basis for other future EV’s from Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia including coupes such as Ioniq 6, based on the Hyundai Prophecy, and larger SUVs such as Ioniq 7. The E-GMP is also rumored to serve as a basis for the Apple Car as well. If that deal does materialize, the self-driving Apple-Car project is rumored to involve 100,000 cars produced from 2024 at the Kia’s US plant in Georgia.

The spy photos of the GV60’s interior reveal the compact SUV’s sporty yet distinctively more luxurious appointments compared to its platform sharing Ioniq 5 and Kia CV. The higher-end models feature the liberal use of real metal all around, and the luxurious-looking seats that feature quilted full-leather with contrasting piping. Interestingly, the base model seats feature partial quilted-leather inserts within the Alcantara outer cover, which is oddly opposite to the industry norm. However, this set up makes more sense because the Alcantara on the shoulder and the bolster area would be more ideal to hold your body in place, and the quilted leather insert would offer more comfort against your back.

The exterior design of the GV60 is sleek and futuristic as well, as it is based on the stunning Genesis Mint concept, which caused quite a stir with its innovative design and the promise of state-of-the-art technology when it was debuted at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

The frontal styling is sleek with its reinterpreted, low-mounted Genesis crest grille, split LED headlights, and a sculptured hood. The view from the side reveals smooth surfacing combined with an upright glasshouse and blacked-out pillars for a floating-roof effect, while the rear is dominated by a fastback-style tail with split taillights mimicking the frontal lamps.

The spy photos also revealed huge 255 40 21-inch Michelin Pilot performance tires on the very purposeful looking black wheels accompanied by just as impressive Genesis adorned silver brake caliper.

The highlight of the state-of-the-art technologies includes camera mounted rear mirrors that would drastically reduce drag-coefficient and improve visibility. Also, underpinning the digital driver’s display and infotainment touchscreen is NVIDIA’s Drive platform, which incorporates audiovisual, navigation, connectivity, and AI-based ‘connected car’ services. It’s also expected to feature the LiDAR technology that would see the GV60 being offered with Level 3 autonomous driving. This setup would use a combination of camera radar and LiDAR sensors to help in various driving situations, including crash prevention. Powerplant wise it’ll use dual electric motors powering all four wheels and a 72-kWh battery pack good for an estimated range of 310 miles or 500 km and it will achieve 80% of the full charge with just 18-minutes of charging with its 800V charging architecture. As good as that sounds, further improvements are already on the cards, with South Korean battery supplier SK Innovation developing new cells that could enable a range of 804km or 500 miles via two quick 10-minute charges.

Finally, the GV60 will be one of the first mainstream vehicles to offer optional wireless charging capability, enabling owners to ditch those cumbersome charging cables. P & C technology will also be offered; it verifies users and automatically handles payments with the simple act of plugging into a charging station.

The Genesis GV60 will compete against EV’s like the Tesla Model Y, Mercedes-Benz EQB and EQA, Audi Q4 e-Tron, Volvo Polestar 2, and BMW i-X1. It’ll also be accompanied by electrified versions of the current Genesis lineup, mimicking BMW’s strategy of offering both conventional vehicle-derived EV’s and a dedicated EV sub-brand like the i-series.

However, unlike originally anticipated, the GV60 will not be called e-GV60 like the upcoming e-G80 electric sedan, as GV60 is a stand-alone electric vehicle, whereas the e-G80 is an electrified version of the internal combustion engine-powered G80 sedan.

The expected production date of the GV60 is now August of 2021, a couple of months of delay from the originally anticipated date of June. When it’s released in the US, now possibly in the late 2021 or even early 2022 as a 2023 model, with the estimated price of between $45,000 to $60,000.



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