The third battery-electric vehicle in Genesis’ lineup has debuted at the Auto Guangzhou 2021 and it’s doubling down on sportiness. Called the Electrified GV70, this electric crossover will slot above the smaller GV60, which made its premiere earlier this year. Unlike that vehicle, the 2022 Genesis Electrified GV70 isn’t on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform. Instead, it uses the same architecture as its internal combustion counterpart.
Several design cues distinguish the 2022 Genesis Electrified GV70 from its internal combustion sibling. 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. 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 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in Boost mode. Outside of that, the two electric motors make 214 hp and 257 lb-ft each. 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 size hasn’t been revealed yet but considering the global market model is rated for about 400 km or 248 miles in the Korean EV certification system, the Electrified GV70 could have at least a 75-kWh pack. That also hints at the crossover’s weight. Since it’s not on a dedicated EV platform, the Electrified GV70 could be quite heavy. Like the GV60 and Electrified G80, the Electrified GV70 has a 400/800-volt charging architecture, enabling it to DC charge at peak rates of 350 kW, futureproofing it and giving it the capability to accept more energy without needing a converter. This enables it to DC charge for 10 to 80 percent in under 20 minutes. The Electrified GV70 also has vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability, enabling it to put out 3.6 kW of power, which is enough to power a home and appliances.
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 on 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 2022 Genesis Electrified GV70 goes on sale in Korea first before making its way across the Pacific to the North American market. 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 U.S.