The Hyundai Group has taken the EV industry by storm this year, introducing three brand-new electric vehicles. Despite the rapid population, if not saturation, of the crossover market segment, the group’s work has risen to the top — first with the Kia EV6 and the award-winning Hyundai Ioniq 5. The auto group is looking to steal the spotlight again with the GV60 from their luxury brand Genesis.
All three brands debuted distinct designs and technical prowess that display a thoughtful pivot from their internal combustion lineups while maintaining links to their pasts. The Genesis GV60 has gone a step further and built a vehicle that can contend with the stars of the performance electric crossover market.
The car has all the specs of a more performance-based EV with an AWD powertrain that comes standard for all models. The GV60 base model produces a combined 314 horsepower, while the performance model puts out a whopping 429 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the unique Boost Mode feature, the car boasts 483 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque for a 10-second thrill ride, propelling it from 0–60mph in an estimated 3.4 seconds. The car’s power puts it in the range of faster EVs, including the Rivian R1T, Hummer EV, and the Mercedes EQS.
While the car’s power is impressive, its standout engineering prowess shows in its battery.
The car’s range is well below the 300-mile mark, with the performance version notching 235 miles and the long-range base model maxing out at just under 250. However, thanks to the Hyundai Group’s 800V electric platform, the E-GMP, the car can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, a rate on par with the Porsche Taycan.
The GV60 design incorporates a few of the telltale characteristics in Genesis design language, including split headlights and a pentagonal grille. The design plays with nature-inspired shapes. The bulbous hood and sloped rear provide hints that the car was perhaps insect-inspired.
In addition to the playful design characteristics, the car also contains plenty of super cool tech. The initial GV60 design targeted for the Asian market replaces the side-view mirrors with cameras with accompanying screens on the inside — it’s doubtful that this feature will make it to the states. However, the driver-side door locks have facial recognition cameras that can unlock the door without pressing a button. Starting the car is entirely keyless with the help of the fingerprint scanner on the inside.
Genesis decorates the five-seat interior with faux leather and a sprawling touch screen with a climate control center that looks oddly reminiscent of a vintage radio or jukebox. The main attraction is the crystalline globe that provides lighting when the vehicle is off and turns over to reveal a shift-by-wire gear lever when the car is on.