The shapely Genesis G90 flagship sedan could soon be joined by a full-sized, electric SUV.
Korean outlet ETNews reports Genesis will launch an SUV in 2023 that may wear the GV90 nameplate.
It’ll give the Korean luxury brand an SUV closer in size to the likes of the BMW X7, but with a distinct difference: it’ll be available only with electric powertrains.
It’ll use the E-GMP architecture which will soon find its way under two other large SUVs from the Hyundai Motor Group: the Hyundai Ioniq 7 and the Kia EV9, both of which were teased in concept form this year.
ETNews reports discussions are already taking place with suppliers, with prototype production coming soon.
The Kia EV9 concept measures in at 4930mm long, 2055mm wide and 1790mm tall, with a 3100mm wheelbase.
This is 50mm shorter but 80mm wider and 40mm taller than the Hyundai Palisade large SUV. The Concept EV9 also has a 200mm longer wheelbase than the Palisade.
The EV9 and Ioniq 7 concepts both have a claimed electric range of over 480km.
Kia also said its concept can be DC fast-charged at speeds of up to 350kW, allowing you to charge it from 10 to 80 per cent in 20 to 30 minutes. This fast-charging capability is also present on other E-GMP models.
While the brands didn’t release powertrain details, previous reports have indicated the production Ioniq 7 will have a 100kWh battery pack and an optional dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain with 230kW of power.
While the smaller, E-GMP-based GV60 electric crossover has thus far missed out on its Kia EV6 cousin’s high-performance 430kW powertrain option, albeit still offering a 320kW dual-motor option that’s plenty peppy, it could be a different story with the trio of full-sized electric SUVs.
Genesis could seek to distinguish its SUV from its mainstream counterparts by offering a powertrain option with higher outputs.
We also expect a more lavish interior with some of the luxury brand’s exclusive features, like face ID unlocking, fingerprint start, and the ‘Crystal Sphere’ gear shifter.
Genesis has said it plans to establish an eight-model electric vehicle line-up by 2030, whether those vehicles by hydrogen fuel-cell or battery-electric vehicles.
It also says its goal “is to offer alternative propulsion in all segments of our product portfolio”, with a target of 400,000 global sales by then.
Its first dedicated electric vehicle is the GV60 mid-sized SUV, though it’s introducing electric versions of its existing GV70 and G80 models. All three of these will be launched in Australia in the first half of 2022.