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2022 Genesis Electrified GV70 teased ahead of Guangzhou debut

The 2021 Guangzhou auto show, which starts later this week, will be a big deal for Genesis because it will be showing its third all-electric vehicle there. This new battery-electric model is a variant of its compact luxury crossover, the GV70 and it will join the GV60 and the Electrified G80. The 2022 Genesis Electrified GV70 will also be the first model from the brand to be built in the United States at Hyundai Motor Group’s Alabama manufacturing plant.

Genesis took to Instagram to give a glimpse of the 2022 Electrified GV70. Like its sedan sibling, the crossover gets an enclosed version of Genesis’ crest grille and a revised lower front fascia. The dead giveaway that this is a GV70 is the shape of the grille and quad headlights, which are the same as the internal combustion model. Expect more exterior design tweaks on the 2022 Genesis Electrified GV70 to improve its aerodynamics and distinguish it further from its internal combustion counterpart.

Like the Electrified G80, the Electrified GV70 rides on a platform built to accommodate standard internal combustion, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains. It likely won’t have a front trunk like the smaller GV60 since most of the powertrain components will live under the hood. The Electrified GV70 will get 400- and 800-volt charging capability just like the GV60 and Electrified G80. To lower the center of gravity, the battery, which should have a capacity of at least 77 kWh, will be mounted under the floor. Expect a dual-motor layout to be standard with an output of 365 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which is similar to the Electrified G80.

Genesis announced earlier this year that it will only launch battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from 2025 and onward. The Electrified GV70 is the third vehicle to launch as part of that offensive alongside the GV60 and Electrified G80. More vehicles will follow including the production version of the X Concept. In total, there will be eight vehicles planned for launch starting in 2025. There are two sedans and two crossovers coming that follow the vehicles that make their debut this year. The flagship G90 luxury sedan is expected to get an all-electric version in addition to the internal combustion version. Genesis’ upcoming flagship crossover, the three-row GV90, is also getting an all-electric version alongside the mid-size GV80.

On the other end of the segment, the next-generation G70 sedan will likely become an all-electric model. Considering the time frame of its life cycle and Genesis’ goal to only launch EVs from 2025 onward, it makes total sense that the sportiest and smaller four-door model will go all-electric for its second generation. It could likely move to the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform, sharing its underpinnings with the GV60, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Kia EV6.

Hyundai Motor Group aims to launch nearly two dozen battery-electric vehicles across its three nameplates by the middle of this decade. In addition to Hyundai’s three Ioniq models, Kia will be launching at least nine vehicles on the E-GMP platform and the second-generation Niro family, which will include an EV model. Genesis’ launch cadence will likely see its major nameplates become all-electric when they get redesigned. The G70 sedan may be among the first to do that followed by the next-generation GV80 and G80.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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