Genesis GV60 revealed as brand’s first dedicated EV

Premium Korean brand unveils new electric crossover as second of three EVs due in the next 12 months

Premium car brand Genesis has unveiled the GV60 - its first electric car built on a dedicated platform.

The GV60 is the marque’s second EV after the all-electric version of its G80 saloon and will sit below the GV80 and GV70 SUVs in the line-up.

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Based on the E-GMP platform, the GV60 is a crossover with coupe-inspired styling and, Genesis says, will be its most “athletic” model yet.

The GV60 features an extension of Genesis’s “two lines” design approach with two sets of light units front and rear. At the front these lie beneath a clamshell bonnet that reduces shutlines and sit above a lower, wider version of the brand’s crest grille which is meant to enhance the dynamism of the car and help cool its batteries.

At the back they’re tucked under a low-level tailgate spoiler and wrap around to the rear three-quarter panels.

From the side, the GV60’s windows are outlined by chrome trim and pinch in at the rear to create a coupe-style look, while pop-out door handles and cameras in place of wing mirrors are intended to cut drag and improve efficiency.

Inside , a double digital screen setup dominates the dashboard and monitors for the wing cameras are mounted high in the doors.

A circular theme is apparent throughout the cabin, with a “crystal sphere” drive selector at the heart of the floating centre console. Genesis says this will illuminate when the car is parked and “intuitively informs the driver of oncoming driving conditions”, whatever that may mean.

Technical details of the GV60 haven’t been released but we do know that it shares its platform with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. That means it will feature 800V EV architecture allowing for 350kW charging, the potential for two- or four-wheel-drive and a range of close to 300 miles on a charge.

Dominique Boesch, managing director for Genesis Motor Europe, said: “When we launched in Europe, we committed to bringing three electric cars to the region within our first year; we are proud to confirm the GV60 will be our second electric car for Europe, following soon after the launch of the electrified G80.

“The GV60, Genesis’ first on a dedicated electric platform, will provide a totally new experience as a luxury electric vehicle based on our unique brand identity and will also benefit from our unique customer focused offering where service come before sales."

Full pricing and spec for the GV60, which is expected to go on sale in 2022, will be announced closer to its launch.