Genesis’ electrified GV70 has officially arrived in North America, with production set to begin in December.
First unveiled a year ago, the GV70 is the third electrified model on Genesis’ line-up – following as it does the electric GV60 SUV and G80 sedan – but will be the brand’s first model to be built outside of South Korea when production begins in Montgomery, Alabama. The GV70 will make its latest public showing later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show from November 18 to 27.
While Genesis has freely showcased the look of the electrified GV70, few details have been revealed regarding the drivetrain, barring confirmation that the SUV will be exclusively all-wheel drive, meaning an electric motor per axle (which could produce a combined, speculated 430 hp).
One e-motor can be automatically disconnected, though, for two-wheel drive. Genesis doesn’t specify whether this will be FWD or RWD, stating only that this inclusion will help “reduce unnecessary power loss.”
North America specifications will only be released closer to the launch date, but Genesis itself has suggested a 4.5-second 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint time for the GV70’s most powerful example, which will feature Boost Mode.
Moreover, the GV70 will boast 350 kW charging capacity, meaning the battery – likely to be the same 77.5 kWh example available on the GV60 and/or Hyundai Ioniq 5 – can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent “in under 20 minutes.” The Electrified’s subtly more rounded nose and a second-generation braking regeneration system – which also includes ‘i-pedal,’ akin to Volvo’s One Pedal system – suggest 400 km of electric range on one charge is feasible.
Focus instead has been on the practical side of the GV70 as Genesis looks to “engage with youthful and energetic … customers.” Based on the ICE-powered GV70 means the electrified example inherits a large interior (likely to be even more so given its more carefully packaged electric underpinnings) and sustainable cabin, built using eco-friendly materials. Occupant comfort is also a priority: Genesis has already confirmed the GV70 will boast Preview Electronic Control Suspension, a system that uses the vehicle’s satnav and front cameras to gauge the road ahead and automatically adapt the suspension for a smoother ride.