In the age of SUVs and Crossovers, new electric sedans from the Hyundai Motor Group will excite traditional car fanatics! Kia EV8 "Stinger" and the platform-sharing Genesis G70 to be launched in 2024!
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Amidst the onslaught of crossovers and SUVs to fill most of the production planning sheet of not only the Hyundai motor group but just about every EV manufacturer in the world, many are wondering if there will be any normal vehicles to be expected in the electric future.
Luckily, Hyundai won’t give up on the standard cars and continue to offer many exciting EVs with a great sleek look and performance that are bound to get your heart pumping. So let's explore what we can expect in terms of electric sports sedans to come in the next few years, which might be considered out of style to some, but still excite many car fanatics.
Sedans' lower and sleeker profile making them more aerodynamic, as well as being lighter as they tend to have simpler construction and more compact form factor. This might be the reason why exclusive EV companies like Tesla have opted to start off and remain focused on sedan models such as Model S and Model 3.
This is because of sedans' lower and sleeker profile making them more aerodynamic, as well as being lighter as they tend to have simpler construction and more compact form factor. This might be the reason why exclusive EV companies like Tesla have opted to start off and remain focused on sedan models such as Model S and Model 3.
This is the reason why there is a big hope for the upcoming Hyundai IONIQ 6, for its incredible efficiency that is rumored to achieve 400 miles or 650 km of range. Nearly 100 miles more than the IONIQ 5 and the EV6 crossovers. Of course, this is not all due to the extremely aerodynamic body shape and structure that makes the sedan low-drag and light, as new engineering played a part, but it's easy to understand why sedans are preferred over crossovers when it comes to creating efficient electric vehicles.
Electric sedans like the IONIQ 6 is expected to be much more efficient than IONIQ 5 crossover (for more info: https://youtu.be/2a08ao-2YuU)
Also, you can’t ignore the fact that sedans are still very popular in countries like Korea, the home of the Hyundai motor group, where models like Hyundai Grandeur compete for the number 1 sales position every year. As well, perennial favorites such as Toyota Camry and Honda Civic sedans still remain a couple of best sellers in the US.
This is the reason why Hyundai is not giving up on sedans and is looking to expand the sedan lineup after the release of the Genesis electrified G80 and IONIQ 6 this year, although the existence of such models appears meaningless to many people in Europe, where sedans, especially ones that are as big as the IONIQ 6, which measures nearly 5 meters long.
After the release of the IONIQ 6 sedan this summer, the next sedan model expected to appear is Genesis’s award-winning G70 sedan. Korea’s first-ever Motor Trend Car of the Year, which stunned the world with its BMW beating performance and quality, is up for renewal in 2023 for the model year 2024. Genesis’s first-ever dedicated electric sedan will largely be based on the IONIQ 6 and is to utilize most of the running gears from the corporate parts bin. This includes the world-famous 800-volt EGMP exclusive EV platform renowned for its blazingly fast 18-minute charge time of 18 minutes 10 to 80% to charge its 77.4 kWh battery, which is also shared with the IONIQ 6. The expected range of the electric G70 is as high as 400 miles or 650 when equipped with the most efficient rear-wheel-drive single motor configuration good for 225 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The second-generation Genesis G70 will be an E-GMP based electric sports sedan (for more info: https://youtu.be/YCR38dnWVjY)
Other power electric options will include a 314 hp, 479 pound-feet of torque dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration, as well as a 429 hp high-performance system that offers 429 hp and 446 pound-feet of torque that can be boosted to 483 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque for about 10 seconds. The high-performance version is expected to offer 0 to 60 mph time of fewer than 4 seconds. However, the pièce de résistance of the all-new electric G70 is expected to be the ultra-high-performance model that could be fitted with a Kia EV6 GT derived power electric system of up to 576 hp or 546 pound-feet or torque to offer mind-bending 0 to 60 mph time of fewer than 3 seconds, which is enough performance to trounce the likes of the BMW M3.
Styling-wise, the G70 will be just as exciting as it will inherit the design theme of the stunning X concept. Like the X concept, it will feature the long elegant body lines accentuated by Genesis's two-line light signature that extends from the headlamp, side fender markers to the tail lamp. It will essentially be the 4 door model of the X concept, or a miniaturized version of the flagship G90 sedan, which also adopted the X concept design language to a tee.
The All-New Genesis G90 flagship sedan adopted the Genesis X-concepts design theme (for more info: https://youtu.be/XHwo_KMO5kc)
Another incredible feature of the new G70 is to be the wireless charging capability, which would be the second application of such innovative technology after the world’s first commercial implementation in the Genesis GV60 crossover. This feature will allow owners to charge their G70 by parking it over a special charging pad that could be installed in a home garage or parking space. Without the need to plug in the charging cable, electricity is transferred via a magnetic field, similar to wireless chargers for phones. The charge time when using the wireless feature is expected to be equivalent to using a wired level 2 charger.
Wireless charging seems gimmicky right now, but it’s expected to become an integral part of autonomous driving electric cars in the near future, as wireless charging would allow the self-driving car to be charged without any human intervention. As the charging pads could be installed not only in the parking space for convenience, but the capability to be charged while driving to eliminate the downtime needed for charging as the charging capability improves to the level of wired charging. Ultimately, this technology will eliminate the concept of charge time of battery size altogether if all the paved roads are wireless charging capable.
Genesis GV60 is the first Hyundai Motor Group car to feature the wireless charging system (for more info: https://youtu.be/roEKbG_I0bQ)
Genesis as the pioneer of this technology wants to be at the forefront and make sure all of its electric vehicles are equipped with the feature even at this infant stage so that the brand will grow with the technology that’s so important to self-driving autonomy of the future.
As such, Genesis strives to be the company to offer the most advanced self-driving technology in the industry as well. And the all-new electric G70 will be no different by offering the level-4 self-driving feature, which makes the sedan a virtually driverless car. This state-of-the-art technology will be implemented in the upcoming IONIQ 5 Robotaxi from 2023 before its commercialization in products like the G70, as well as the GV90 electric SUV that’s expected to be released in 2024.
Another electric car to benefit from some of the advanced technology featured in the new G70 electric sedan will be the platform sharing Kia’s version of the Genesis sedan. Expected to be called EV8 according to the naming convention of the Hyundai group that dictates that even-numbered models are to be sedans and coupes, it will be Kia’s 2nd dedicated electric sedan of the lineup.
The New Kia EV8 will feature the design elements of the EV6 and the Stinger.
You might be wondering why the EV8 is the second sedan and not the first as there were no other sedan proceeds it. Believe it or not, the EV6 is actually classified as a sedan according to the products development code of CV, which stands for semi-medium electric Kia sedan. This is in contrast to the platform sharing IONIQ 5, which was known by the development product code NE, which stands for Semi-medium electric Hyundai SUV. So, there is no surprise when some pundits referred to the first dedicated electric sedan from Kia as a new Stinger. However, the new Stinger nomenclature would be handed over to the all-new electric sedan, which is expected to be bigger in size in comparison to the EV6. The EV8 is to have a length close to 5 meters as the IONIQ 6 counterpart, which more closely matches that of the Stinger with a length of 4830 mm or 190 inches. In contrast, the EV6 was only 4695 mm or 185 inches.
This kind of long length will ensure a sleek swoopy form factor that would make the original Stinger proud. As depicted in the artist’s rendering. The EV8 retains the EV6’s iconic rising beltline, as well as the brand’s characteristic digital tiger nose, but offers a unique coupe-like low stance and sloping roofline reminiscent of the original Stinger, along with a hint of the sexy Kia K5 rear-end mixed in for a good measure. The addition of a rear hatch instead of a notchback truck would definitely be an homage to the original 5-door fastback, and actually, be appealing to the European buyers that may have found the 3-box IONIQ 6 impractical.
Similar to the lineage of the Stinger that traces its roots to the G70, the new Stinger would also share the drivetrain and the underpinning with the Genesis sedan. The all-new sleeker Stinger with the asphalt-tearing 576 hp driving all 4 wheels may be a dream come true for many fans of the legendary Korean GT car that, although short-lived, created history on Korean sports cars.
Will the EV8 claim the name "Stinger"?
Expected to be a luxury premium product of the Kia EV series, it’s estimated to command a starting price of $55,000, when it’s released in 2024. As with the case with the current price difference between the Stinger, the all-new Genesis G70 should be higher in price at around $60,000.
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