Genesis Drops the 2022 GV60 With Loads of Tech and Luxury
The South Korean crossover has a promising future, especially with all this new techby Josh Conturo, on LISTEN 06:18
Genesis has been giving car shoppers a fairly convincing alternative to the established luxury brands of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi for years now. Now, Genesis has revealed the all-new GV60, and it has more tech and is more luxurious than we expected.
Interior and exterior styling
One of the most standout features of the new GV60 is the interior. Genesis says they have "[taken] on Genesis’ design ethos of the ‘Beauty of White Space’, while seeking to create a spacious and comfortable interior." The Crystal Sphere has been designed to be a focal point of the interior, as it functions as a mood light and the gear shifter.
Recycled leather is also a feature of the new interior as that material covers most surfaces. This interior comes in the colors; Obsidian Black, Torrent Navy, Ash Gray/Glacier White, Monstera Green/Camel Beige, and Monstera Green/Glassier White.
The exterior comes in several colors, including São Paulo Lime, Hanauma Mint, Atacama Copper, Vik Black, Royal Blue, and several shades of white and grey. Up front, the GV60 has quad headlights and a stretched diamond-shaped grill, and around the back, it features quad taillights. All this is helping the GV60 stick with the current design language of the manufacturer’s other models.
All of the tech
Then there is the featured tech, the most notable of which is called Face Connect. If you walk up to your GV60 and grab onto the door handle, an infrared camera in the B-pillar will recognize your face and lock or unlock the door. It can remember up to two faces.
Supposedly, it can also recognize faces in any circumstances, but we’ll have to see how it is in heavy mid-western or New York winters covered in road salt and snow.
This is cool and futuristic and all, but would it not be quicker to just press a button or pull a handle and open the door yourself rather than having to wait for the car to do its thing?
Other new tech includes fingerprint sensors that will activate or deactivate certain features such as valet mode. In theory, one can drive this car and never once need a key. Only time will tell how this entirely new system of only using biometrics to operate the car will work.
In terms of the display and infotainment, the gauge cluster and central infotainment are connected as one piece of glass, resulting in three-view displays. This is also the first Genesis to have a Bang and Olufson sound system.
Performance and power
Now, on to the performance. This is the first Genesis to ride on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) which also underpins the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. It will be available with rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive, each comes with a 77.4 kWh battery.
The base model is the only one available with rear-wheel drive and has a single motor producing 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque with a range of 280 miles on a single charge.
The mid-range all-wheel-drive model has a 99-hp motor for the front axle and a 214-hp motor for the rear. This gives a total output of 313 horsepower and 446lb-ft of twist with a range of up to 249 miles on a full charge.
There is also a performance model. This model will have two 214 horsepower motors, with a combined output of 428 horsepower and 446lb-ft, giving it a range of up to 226 miles.
To liven the driving up even more they have also included a boost mode that allows it to go from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds, plus there is a drift button that changes the power distribution to make the back end more tail-happy. There is also a MacPherson multi-link suspension system for the front wheels, a five-multi-link suspension system for the rear wheels, and an electronic limited-slip differential.
For those who cannot be bothered with sporty driving, there are three "virtual driving sounds." ’Futuristic’ "symbolizes the direction of future mobility," G-Engine, which mimics the sounds of an internal combustion engine, and E-Motor, which "reimagines the vehicle’s motor sounds."
There is also quite a sophisticated addition to the suspension; Preview Electronic Control Suspension (Preview ECS). This system uses cameras and sensors to see what the road looks like ahead and make adjustments in anticipation of, say, a speed bump or pothole.
That is something we would expect from Bentley or Rolls-Royce, much less Genesis.
Range and economy
If you are an economical driver who likes to squeeze out every yard of range, there is also a system for you. The AWD model’s Disconnector Actuator System (DAS) can connect or disconnect the driveshaft going to the front wheels. This allows the driver to switch between RWD and AWD, maximizing efficiency if used in the right conditions.
There is also a new battery conditioning function that regulates the battery’s temperature to help increase performance when the battery is cold and reduces the charging time. The GV60 uses a 400/800V charging system that can boost the 400V supplied by the charger to 800V. That allows the battery to charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, if you are connected to a 350kW charger, that is.
Since not everyone will always have access to such a charger, slow charging has been bumped up from 7.2kW to 11kW.
Genesis apparently took a page out of Ford’s book and has installed the Vehicle to Load function, which makes the GV60 able to be used as a mobile power source.