This year marked the start of Genesis’ battery-electric vehicle offensive when it launched the Electrified G80 at the 2021 Shanghai auto show. The brand will continue launching more EVs through 2022 because two more are scheduled for debut: the GV70 EV and the GV60. Genesis will show the GV60 first, which is marked as CUV EV on the included launch schedule within Hyundai Motor Group’s investor presentation, followed by the GV70 EV in 2022.
The GV60, which uses the project code JW or JW1, will be the first Genesis vehicle on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform, which is dedicated specifically to EVs. It’s expected to take design cues from the Mint Concept first introduced at the 2019 New York Auto Show. If its sister car, the Kia EV6, is any indication, a high-performance variant will sit at the top of the range featuring 577 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque from its two electric motors and a 77.4-kWh battery.
As for the GV70 EV, it’ll retain the same RWD-based architecture used in the internal combustion model, the G80, and the larger GV80. Like the latest Hyundai Motor Group platforms, this one can accommodate battery-electric powertrains, as evident in the Electrified G80. Expect the GV70 EV to borrow the same dual-motor setup from the Electrified G80 where it’s rated at 365 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The battery capacity should be upward of 70 kWh.
In late 2021, Genesis will present the next-generation G90 full-size flagship sedan in its home market of Korea. That model should find its way to the North American market by at least the end of 2022. Since that will use a long-wheelbase version of the same architecture used by the G80, GV80, and GV70, it’s likely to get an all-electric variant too. However, that could arrive at least a year after the internal combustion models have been on sale.