2021 Genesis EV spied ahead of Australian debut

Genesis is charging ahead with its electrification strategy, introducing a new, all-electric crossover alongside electric versions of existing products.

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We’ve now gotten our first look at the interior of Genesis’ first all-electric model which we expect to launch locally late this year.

Genesis confirmed last year it would introduce an EV in Australia in 2021 and CarExpert understands it’ll be this model.

Codenamed JV but expected to wear the GV60 nameplate, the new crossover is based on the same E-GMP architecture that underpins the upcoming Kia CV and Ioniq 5.

All three were spied testing in Sweden, revealing three very similarly-sized vehicles, each with their own distinctive design language.

The Kia and the Genesis, however, share one notable feature in common: a large digital instrument cluster and identically-sized touchscreen infotainment system that sit next to each other, forming one large block.

We can’t make out much else inside the Genesis’ cabin, though we expect it to offer a higher level of finish than the Hyundai and Kia.

This prototype is wearing different wheels to the last one our photographers spied, albeit still following a similar star-shaped theme.

Peer through the camouflage and you can make out Genesis’ signature bi-level lighting elements front and rear, while the sleek, coupe crossover roof line is virtually undisguised.

The Kia CV, in contrast, has a sportier look and appears to be lower and sleeker with radically different headlights and tail lights. It’s set to be revealed this quarter.

We also know what the Ioniq 5 will look like, with its razor-sharp, retro-inspired exterior.

As the Ioniq 5 is identical in length to the new Hyundai Tucson at 4630mm long, it’s likely the GV60 will be a similar size. For reference, the upcoming Genesis GV70 measures 4715mm long.

Details published by Hyundai Austria and reported by The Korean Car Blog show the Ioniq 5 will have dual-motor all-wheel drive when it launches, and a combined 230kW of power. It’ll be good for a 5.2-second sprint to 100km/h.

Kia has also promised it’ll introduce a high-performance electric car as part of its seven EV launches by 2027.

The upcoming E-GMP models should be competitive in terms of range, with the Ioniq 5 offering up to 550km of all-electric range on the tougher WLTP test with the larger 73kWh battery option, and 450km with the smaller 58kWh battery.

Like the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT, the E-GMP platform will use an 800V architecture for ultra-rapid charging at up to 350kW. That means an 80 per cent charge in just 18 minutes, or up to 100km of range in just five minutes connected to the right kind of charger.

The GV60 won’t be the only electric crossover in the burgeoning Genesis range.

Our spy photographers recently captured an electric version of the GV70 undergoing testing.

Though heavily camouflaged, we can see it looks much like the regular GV70. Expect a different grille and trim details, as well as the deletion of the exhaust outlets.

The prototype also wears distinctive new wheels.

Genesis is also readying an all-electric version of its G80 sedan. Whether it’ll follow that with an electric version of the GV80, which rides the same M3 platform, hasn’t been confirmed.

A poster on GVForums shared trademark filings the company had made for a raft of electric models, with the list comprising G70e, G80e, G90e, GV70e, GV80e and GV90e nameplates.

All involve the letter ‘E’ being applied to an existing Genesis nameplate except for GV90, suggesting Genesis could introduce an SUV larger than the GV80 in the future.

Genesis Australia has said it’ll take anything that’s been engineered for right-hand drive. Of Genesis’ current model range, only the G90 flagship sedan is left-hand drive-only.

Stay tuned for all the latest in the lead-up to the Genesis GV60’s reveal and local launch in the coming months.

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