The Genesis GV60 has been certified for sale in Australia ahead of its launch in the second quarter of 2022.

    According to government approval documents, three GV60 variants have been approved for sale: a single-motor rear-wheel drive base model and two dual-motor all-wheel drive models.

    The base model rides on 19-inch alloy wheels, with the mid-level dual-motor model riding on 20s and the flagship dual-motor model wearing 21-inch alloy wheels.

    CarExpert understands the GV60 could be offered locally with new features like exterior camera mirrors and thermal battery pre-conditioning.

    The preconditioning feature allows the car to adapt its battery temperature while travelling to ensure optimal charging conditions upon reaching a charging point entered into the navigation system.

    Camera mirrors, as seen on the Audi e-tron, see the conventional exterior wing mirrors replaced with external cameras, from which footage is displayed on screens inside the cabin.

    The GV60’s wireless vehicle charging feature, however, is understood to be off the table. Genesis is debuting the feature with the GV60, however it won’t be activated in markets until after the necessary infrastructure is established.

    Genesis has previously confirmed it’ll offer the GV60 globally with a choice of three powertrains, and the approval documents suggest all three are coming here.

    It’s worth noting, however, that sometimes vehicle variants appear in these approval documents that don’t end up being sold here.

    Genesis has yet to confirm local pricing and specifications.

    The base rear-wheel drive model has 168kW of power and 350Nm of torque, while the mid-level all-wheel drive model combines a 160kW rear motor with a 74kW front motor for combined outputs of 234kW and 605Nm.

    Finally, the range-topping performance model has two 160kW motors for a peak power output of 320kW, and an identical peak torque figure of 605Nm.

    In its Boost Mode, which primes the motors to provide peak output for 10 seconds, the fastest GV60 hits 100km/h in 4.0 seconds from standstill.

    In its most aggressive mode, Genesis says the regenerative braking system allows for true one-pedal driving. Drivers will be able to toggle different regen levels using the paddles behind the steering wheel.

    All models can tow 750kg (unbraked) or 1600kg (braked) according to the approval documents.

    Every GV60 variant uses a 77.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and Genesis claims the single-motor variant offers up to 516km of range.

    Thanks to the 800V charging hardware baked into e-GMP, the GV60 is capable of charging from 10 to 80 per cent in 18 minutes on a 350kW public DC fast charger.

    It’ll charge at 11kW plugged into the right kind of AC wall box, and like the related Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 can output 3.6kW of power to run appliances or charge (slowly) another electric car.

    The GV60 uses the same active adaptive suspension system as the GV80 SUV. It uses a camera to scan the road and, combined with sat-nav data, adjust the damping on the fly.

    Along with technology designed to mimic a limited-slip differential on the rear axle, the GV60 features a Drift Mode. It’s activated by putting the car in Sport, turning off the ESC, and holding the steering wheel paddles for three seconds.

    It debuts a new face unlock feature for the brand, which will adjust the driver’s seat, steering wheel and side mirrors based on the driver’s customised settings.

    Once you’re inside, a fingerprint sensor in the start button allows the GV60 to start without a key. It can also be used to authenticate payments for charging, and to lock the car into Valet Mode.

    Other features available in Korea include an 18-way power driver’s ‘ergo motion’ seat with massaging, reversing guide lights, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, Genesis’ Intelligent Front Lighting System, and Highway Driving Assist 2 with lane-change assist.

    Like its more affordable cousins, the GV60 is also offered with the Blind-Spot View Monitor, a surround-view camera, and Remote Smart Parking Assist.

    It’s unclear if we’ll miss out on any features offered in the Korean-market model like the Ioniq 5 has.

    Riding the same E-GMP dedicated electric vehicle architecture as the GV60 and EV6, the Ioniq 5 is offered in Korea with an augmented reality (AR) head-up display and a solar roof.

    Neither feature is offered locally on the Ioniq 5, though the head-up display can be found on the EV6 GT-Line.

    The GV60, in Korea at least, is also offered with the AR head-up display.

    The GV60 won’t be the only electric Genesis coming here this year.

    Also due in the first half of this year are the GV70 Electrified and G80 Electrified, battery-electric versions of the internal combustion-powered GV70 SUV and G80 sedan.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

    Buy and Lease
    Uncover exclusive deals and discounts with a VIP referral to Australia's best dealers
    Uncover exclusive deals and discounts with a VIP referral to Australia's best dealers