Genesis unveiled their first EV - the eG80

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Hyundai’s premium brand Genesis was born just a few years ago and is already bringing some very competitive models to the market. Initially focused purely on luxury sedans and, more recently, SUVs, the brand is now officially stepping into the EV market. Now, the company has revealed the all-electric Genesis eG80 at the 2021 Shanghai International Automotive Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2021), and it is the first Genesis model to be unveiled outside of Korea.

Drivetrain & Performance

2022 Genesis Electrified G80 Exterior
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The Genesis eG80 promises a sophisticated driving experience through a perfect blend of comfort, smoothness, and performance. The Genesis G80 has already made it clear that it is not a performance sedan, but it can double as one, should you require it to. The electric version will follow the same principle.

The Genesis eG80 offers an exceptional range.

According to the NEDC standard, the luxury sedan is capable of 311 miles (500 km) on a single charge.

Based on the Korean EV certification system, the estimated range is 265 miles (427 km), which is still a very respectable figure. Moreover, a 350-kilowatt charging system allows for the battery to replenish from 10 to 80 percent capacity in just 22 minutes. The eG80’s efficiency is 4.3 km/kWh when equipped with 19-inch wheels.

The Genesis eG80 comes with all-wheel drive as standard. According to the manufacturer, the luxury EV is able to do the 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) sprint in 4.9 seconds in sport mode. With such performance, we can assume that the electric drivetrain will deliver around 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Nm). The eG80 also features a Disconnector Actuator System (DAS), which allows the vehicle to switch between RWD and AWD in order to improve efficiency and reduce powertrain loss.

2022 Genesis Electrified G80 specifications
Powertrain Electric
Power 400 HP
Torque 516 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.9 seconds
Range 311 miles
Drivetrain AWD
2022 Genesis Electrified G80 Exterior
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A 400/800V rapid charging system allows for multiple charging infrastructures to be used. Through the driving motor and inverter, the voltage level can be boosted from 400 to 800V in order to optimize the charging procedure.

Among the other features of the electrified G80 is the Vehicle 2 Load (V2L), which allows customers to use power up to 3.6 kilowatts – more than the average household.

This for the easy use of electric appliances outside the vehicle.

The luxury EV sedan will also feature level 3 autonomous driving, also known as “eyes off” driving, which allows the driver to focus on other activities but only up to a certain speed.

Exterior

2022 Genesis Electrified G80 Exterior
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Just like its ICE-driven version, the eG80 boasts the brand’s signature “Athletic Elegance” design language. The two-piece headlight and taillight design once more make an appearance, as does the diamond-shaped front grille. As expected, on this EV version, the signature Crest grille is closed, as the electric drivetrain does not need to “breathe” in the same manner an internal combustion engine does.

The lower front section differs from the internal combustion engine version by having a more restrained look. The air inlets are smaller and more focused on the center of the front, although the mesh features a similar pattern. On the side, we see a new multi-spoke wheel design, although that might be available on the ICE-equipped G80 as well.

2022 Genesis Electrified G80 Exterior
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The rear is practically the same with the exception of the exhaust tips, which are now gone. This allows the reverse lights to be positioned more towards the outer edges of the car.

Overall, the exterior changes are subtle but enough to set the EV apart from its V-6 twin-turbo counterpart.

Interior

2022 Genesis Electrified G80 Interior
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The interior of the eG80 is, as expected, the same as the G80. The highly-finished interior once again features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.5-inch infotainment screen. We might see some new color and possibly material options for the two-tone interior, again specific to the EV version, together with unique to the model trim.

The Genesis eG80 may be a luxury car, but it is also about sustainability. The company has sourced various natural or recycled materials, like natural dyes for the seats, armrest, and console. The interior of the electrified G80 also features natural wood trim, recycled wood, and environmentally-friendly, recycled PET fabrics.

Price

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We are yet to get the prices, but considering that the base G80 starts at $47,700 and the V-6 twin-turbo “Premium” from $65,100, we can expect the electrified G80 to start at around $69,000.

Competition

Tesla Model S

2017 Tesla Model S Exterior
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When we talk about fast EV sedans, we have to mention the Tesla Model S. Although not necessarily as luxurious as the Genesis eG80, the Tesla has some strong selling points. Among other things, it has the advantage of being the car that created the segment to begin with. Even in its base version - the P90D, it’s a quick car. With all-wheel drive and the combined power of 469 horsepower and 713 pound-feet (967 Nm), it manages a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.1 seconds, despite weighing 4,960 pounds (2,250 kg). It also has a bright and spacious interior and a generous cargo space of 31.6 – 63.3 cubic feet (895 – 1,792 liters). The Tesla also has a slightly better range at 316 miles (509 km). That said, even for the base P90D you have to pay $79,900.

Read our full review on the Tesla Model S

Jaguar I-Pace

2019 Jaguar I-Pace Exterior Wallpaper quality
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For around $10,000 less than the Tesla, you can get the first electric Jaguar. The I-Pace is a good amount cheaper, but you also get less of almost everything. Even the top of the range EV400 makes 396 horsepower and 513 pound-feet (696 Nm) which is sent to all four wheels. This is still enough for a 4.5-second sprint to 60 mph, despite the weight of over 4,700 pounds (2,100 kg). You still get a very respectable 298-mile (480 km) range and quite possibly the best interior currently in the segment. The adaptive air suspension allows for an 8-inch (20 cm) rise in ride height. You still get generous amounts of space in the interior as well as the 23.2-cubic feet (656-liter) hatchback-style cargo area.

Read our full review on the Jaguar I-Pace

Conclusion

2022 Genesis Electrified G80 Exterior
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The Genesis brand has already proven that it can compete with some of the best in the premium segment and even beat them in terms of price and standard equipment. With the eG80, the Genesis brand starts the electrification process of its lineup. The standard G80 already offers unparalleled levels of luxury and comfort for its price and its EV counterpart – the eG80 offers the same for those who want to move with the times or simply want a more eco-friendly luxury vehicle with an element of nostalgia in the form of simple old-school comfort.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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