When we think of the Korean luxury brand Genesis, it’s often their large sedans or SUVs, such as the G80 and GV80, that come to mind. They do have a signature style that stands out from the rest of the vehicles in the segment. More importantly, they don’t share much, in terms of design, from their Hyundai counterparts. But a new model will change all that.
This is the Genesis GV60, and it’s the brand’s first-ever electric vehicle. It’s based on a dedicated EV platform, specifically, the E-GMP architecture which is seeing use in the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6. Because of its shared architecture, the GV60 has similar proportions as the Ioniq 5 and the EV6, featuring a somewhat hatchback design. However, Genesis did make some changes to make the EV look like the other models in its lineup.
For starters, the GV60 adopts the brand’s signature split headlight and taillight design as the other Genesis models. There’s also the shield-shaped grille, which is now located at the lower portion of the front fascia. The design makes the EV look more aggressive rather than luxurious. Possibly the most interesting design bit is the clamshell hood, which allowed the front end to be styled the way it is. Despite being a crossover, the model also sits relatively low, further enhancing its hatchback-like design.
Step inside, and it’s all Genesis-derived. There’s blue upholstery all around paired with chrome trim and accents. Front and center is a digital instrument cluster and infotainment display integrated into one housing. If you didn’t notice earlier, the GV60 also has side-view cameras instead of traditional mirrors. Possibly the highlight of the cabin is what Genesis calls the Crystal Sphere. It’s effectively the electronic gear selector, which the company says “intuitively informs drivers when the vehicle is ready to drive.”
The company has yet to release details of the GV60’s powertrain. However, we can expect it to be similar to the Ioniq 5 and the EV6. Both models offer various battery and motor setups. Since Genesis is a luxury model, expect a two-motor setup to be standard. More information will be released in the coming months.