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2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 impresses with loads of luxury and potent performance

Unveiled at Auto Guangzhou 2021 in China last November, we’re finally getting our first in-person look at the 2023 Electrified GV70, a battery-powered utility vehicle and the third EV to join the Genesis brand’s lineup. Essentially an all-electric version of the already lovely GV70, this vehicle slots in above the also wonderful (and all electric) GV60 crossover. Unlike that vehicle, however, the 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 isn’t based on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform. Instead, it uses the same architecture as its internal-combustion counterpart.

This amped-up SUV is the next step forward as Genesis works to transform itself into a zero-emissions brand by 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2035. Ambitious, but admirable goals. Keeping things simple, the Electrified GV70 is basically the same as the combustion-powered version, which is already one of the nicest compact luxury utility vehicles you can buy today.

A few design cues do distinguish the 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 from its internal combustion siblings, though not many. Perhaps the most obvious one is the closed crest grille, which also houses the charging ports. The lower front and rear fascia have also been modified to improve the crossover’s aerodynamics. Unique wheels will be offered and the rear bumper has no cutouts for exhaust tips since, you know, EVs don’t have exhaust systems. Initially, Genesis showcased the Electrified GV70 in a matte exterior color called Atacama Copper, which appears to be exclusive to that model. Otherwise, there aren’t many hints at this crossover’s electrified nature.

Most of the interior carries over from the internal combustion model and gets the same horizontal design treatment. The Electrified GV70, however, utilizes more eco-friendly materials throughout the cabin to highlight Genesis’ focus on creating sustainable yet luxurious vehicles. One of the combinations exclusive to the Electrified GV70 is two-tone Glacier White.

All Electrified GV70s get a dual-motor layout and AWD as standard. In other global markets, the crossover makes 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in Boost mode. Genesis says that this will enable the Electrified GV70 to hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds with Boost mode active. We suspect that these electric motors may be the same units found in the GV60. Final power outputs for the North American-spec vehicle will be revealed closer to the crossover’s launch here.

The battery should clock in at 77.4-kilowatt-hours, the same as you can get in the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP-based vehicles like the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5. North American figures are not available at this time, but the global-market model is rated for about 400 km or 248 miles in the Korean EV certification system. Like the GV60 and Electrified G80, the Electrified GV70 has a 400/800-volt charging architecture, enabling it to DC fast charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes, a phenomenal performance. The Electrified GV70 will also offer vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability, enabling it to put out 3.6 kW of power, which is enough to run a variety of home appliances, a handy feature to have.

A new Disconnector Actuator System (DAS) debuts on the Electrified GV70. It allows for seamless connection and disconnection of the motor and drive shaft depending on the driving conditions. The system takes into account everything from vehicle speed to the drive mode you’re in and seamlessly switches between single- and dual-motor operation to reduce unnecessary power loss and improve efficiency. An electronically-controlled suspension that uses navigation data and the front camera to collect information on the road ahead is also offered. Genesis added Active Noise Control-Road (ANC-R) to reduce keep the cabin quiet by canceling out unwanted sounds using four sensors and eight microphones working simultaneously. The Smart Regenerative Braking System 2.0 enables one-pedal driving capability and adjusts the level of energy recuperation based on driving habits, road conditions, and real-time navigation data.

The 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 goes on sale in Korea before making its way across the Pacific to North America. It will be the third all-electric Genesis model here and is part of the brand’s commitment to becoming a fully electric manufacturer by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. The Electrified GV70 will also have the honor of being the first Genesis model and the first electrified vehicle from the Hyundai Motor Group to be made in the US, since it will be assembled in Alabama.

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Updated (12:00 pm EDT, 11/04/2022): Added first look walk around video and addition information to the article.

Written by Stefan Ogbac, Craig Cole
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