The Car Connection Genesis GV60 Overview
Genesis first fully electric vehicle, the GV60 becomes the smallest SUV in the Korean luxury automaker's lineup and is perhaps its most important as the brand begins its transition towards electrification.
The GV60 is based on the same Hyundai E-GMP platform that is also found under the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, though the GV60 is noticeably shorter than both of those vehicles with tiny overhangs front and rear that make it appear a bit stubby. But despite its lack of length, the GV60 is efficient with the space it does have offering a cabin that is comfortable and airy for four adult passengers and a good amount of cargo room behind the rear seat (24 cubic feet).
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Exterior styling borrows from Genesis other vehicles, though it's been funkified somewhat. The pentagon grille is still here, but instead of its traditional place right below the hood opening it's been dropped nearly to the ground covering up the front bumper. The headlights and taillights provide the parallel lines that have become Genesis' design signature, and the chrome strip running above the side windows terminates in a sharp kink behind the C-pillar that's meant to evoke a lightning bolt, aka electricity. Get it?
All GV60s come with the same 77.4-kwh battery pack, matching the longer range versions of the Ioniq 5 and EV6. There are two GV60 models, both featuring a dual-motor all-wheel drive system. The base GV60 comes with a 74-kw motor up front and a 160-kw motor at the rear, which produce a combined 314 hp and 446 lb-ft. A Performance model bumps that front motor up to 160 kw as well, raising output to 429 hp and 516 lb-ft. Performance variants also come with a 10-second boost mode, activated via a neon yellow button on the steering wheel, that can bump horsepower up to 483 in bursts. It also adds an adaptive suspension with a camera that scans the road ahead of the vehicle and prepares the suspension for bumps or road imperfections that are headed its way.
Range is higher on the less powerful base model, which has an estimated 248 miles and Performance versions are rated at 235 miles. The GV60 is built on an 800-volt charging architecture, allowing it to charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes.
The GV60's interior is a masterclass in design, functionality, and standard features. There are interesting shapes and textures all over the cabin, with a circular theme that repeats on the climate controls, the doors, and even the glovebox opening. Atop the dashboard is a pair of 12.3-inch displays, both standard, one serving as the instrument cluster and the other a touchscreen to control the infotainment system. The infotainment can also be controlled via a rotary dial found between the front seats that sits in front of a glowing orb that is displayed when the vehicle is off, then turns over to reveal a drive selector once the GV60 is on.
Turning on the GV60 can be accomplished without a key or a phone, there is an infrared camera in the B-pillar that uses facial recognition to lock or unlock the vehicle and it can then be started via a fingerprint scanner on the center console. Both features work fast enough to be seamless and give the GV60 a unique party trick that separates it from the growing field of small electric SUVs.
Standard features include a 14-way powered driver's seat, heated/cooled front seats, a wireless charging pad, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power liftgate, and a large glass roof that makes the cabin feel airy. The GV60 has no safety options, because all of its safety features come standard. Those include a surround view camera system, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, blind-spot monitors with a blind-spot live video display in the instrument panel, and the ability to move the GV60 straight forward or backward with the key fob to get it into or out of tight parking spaces.