Genesis is no longer without a dedicated electric vehicle, as the brand pulled the wraps off of its GV60 SUV. The little electric hatch, which shares its underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, wears bodywork that … well let’s just say it’s interesting. Who knows, maybe the looks of this new Genesis will grow on us in time. There are certainly many small details that warrant praise. This includes the car’s clamshell hood that envelopes the front fenders, its trick C-pillar decor, and its smart-looking rear hatch, which includes a nicely integrated rear spoiler.
We find the car’s interior to be stylish, elegant, and appointed with a number of rich materials. While we doubt the side-view cameras and accompanying interior mounted screens will reach our shores, we’re very certain the EV’s “Crystal Sphere” shift lever will. The lever serves as a mood light when the car is off, per Genesis. Turn the GV60 on and the lever does a little dance and flips over so the driver can switch between Reverse, Neutral, and Drive.
Genesis is mum on powertrain details, but if the GV60 follows the lead of its platform-mates, we imagine the GV60 will offer both single-motor rear-drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain options, as well as the choice of two battery packs: a smaller 58-kWh unit or a larger 77-kWh pack.
Similarly, the Korean luxury brand is coy when it comes to the car’s pricing and availability in North America. We wager the GV60 will sticker for north of $50,000 and enter our market sometime in 2022, likely as a 2023 model year vehicle.
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