Genesis has unveiled the all-electric version of the GV70 mid-sized SUV – and it’ll be in Australia in the first half of 2022.
Known as the Electrified GV70, the all-electric SUV has a focus on the Chinese market but will also be sold in other countries as part of a bold expansion for the fledgling luxury brand of Hyundai.
The Electrified GV70 is one of three new electric cars the brand will start selling in Australia in 2022, with most expected around the middle of the year. The others are the Electrified G80 and GV60.
In line with other EVs in the Hyundai lineup the electric models will have a price premium.
A Genesis Australia spokesperson confirmed the Electrified GV70 would sit above the 3.5-litre V6 version of the same car, which is priced from $84,276 plus on-road costs.
It will also likely slot in between the smaller GV60 and Electrified G80 sedan, suggesting a start price into six figures.
The Electrified GV70 gets two electric motors, each making 160kW and 350Nm, for a combined output of 320kW and 700Nm.
There’s also a boost mode that temporarily increases the maximum combined power output to 360kW, although the combined torque peak is unchanged at 700Nm.
Using boost mode the Electrified GV70 can top 100km/h in 4.5 seconds.
Peak charging power is claimed at 350kW, the same as for the Ioniq 5. However, overseas reports and our own EV charging test suggest the peak power the latest Hyundai EVs will take is about 230kW.
Still, that makes it one of the fastest charging EVs in Australia and means a 0-80 percent charge in around 18 minutes.
The EV range is expected to be around 400km and the Electrified GV70 will get the vehicle-to-load (V2L) function that allows an adaptor to plug into the charge port and provide up to 3.6kW of power to do anything from powering or charging external devices to charging another EV.
Unlike other recent Hyundai EV announcements – including the Ioniq 5 and upcoming Ioniq 7 and Kia EV9 – the Electrified GV70 doesn’t use the much-hyped E-GMP architecture that was developed for use under a range of electric vehicles from Hyundai, Genesis and Kia.
Instead, it takes the underpinnings of the GV70 that’s already on sale in Australia and adapts them for electricity.
So don’t expect the benefits that come from starting an EV design from scratch and being able to position batteries and electric motors in the ideal locations.
The Electrified GV70 will also have an available advanced suspension system called Preview Electronic Control Suspension. Also called Pre-view ECS, it uses a forward-facing camera and satellite-navigation data to pre-emptively adjust the suspension for bumps.