The new EV crossover from Genesis is almost here and it’s just the beginning

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Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has built up momentum. This coincides with the increasing demand for EVs, which is why the Korean luxury brand has recently announced the addition of a new EV crossover. The car wears the designation JW and has been spotted testing on the open roads. It is expected to hit the showrooms in the second half of 2021, following in the footsteps of Hyundai Ioniq and Kia CV. Here’s what we can expect from the latest addition to the brand’s EV lineup.

Drivetrain & Performance

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There is much we don’t know yet with regards to performance and drivetrain, but the JW will utilize Hyundai’s E-GMP platform, which will be shared with the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia CV. We know that the platform is rear-wheel-drive-based and will be used even for the more high-performance Genesis models.

What we do know is that the platform will allow for a range of 500 km (311 miles) and will be able to recharge to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

It’s also worth noting that with the new E-GMP modular platform comes the first multi-charging (400V/888V) and bi-directional power conversion function.

There is also another version in the making in conjunction with the battery supplier SK Innovation, which is said to be capable of 500 miles (804 km) with two quick 10-minute charges. Moreover, the JW will be among the first EVs to feature wireless battery charging, practically rendering charging cables obsolete.

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The platform will be used in a high-performance version and will allow for a 3.5-second sprint to 60 mph (97 km/h) and a top speed of 260 km/h.

Although it is unknown whether the JW will have such a version, we do expect two different drivetrain options. The first one will be a two-wheel-drive, and the second one – all-wheel-drive.

The Genesis JW looks to be aimed at cars like the BMW iX1 and Audi Q4 E-Tron. If their performance figures are anything to go by, we can expect the base version of the JW to have around 180 horsepower, while the optional twin-engine EV would have around 250 horsepower. Of course, those numbers are an estimate, since at this point we don’t have any details regarding the power output.

Exterior

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The upcoming JW is still heavily-camouflaged, so we can only speculate about the overall design of the car. There are numerous renderings of it across the internet, giving a fairly good idea of what it might look like. From what we can see, the Korean EV features the signature Genesis headlights, with a split dual design. The same goes for the taillights, which continue with the same split design.

On the images, we can see that the front hood of the car is a clamshell. This begs the question: will it have a usable frunk, in addition to the rear cargo area, or will it simply accommodate the charger, like in the Jaguar I-Pace for example? The images also show what appears to look like a ducktail on the rear deck of the JW. However, it’s more likely that it is an integrated spoiler. It might also turn out to be a retractable rear spoiler, but that’s not very likely. The JW also features cameras instead of side-mirrors – a notable change from earlier prototypes. However, this will be an optional extra.

Interior

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Sadly, there aren’t any images showing the interior, but we believe we’ll see a layout familiar from cars like the GV-70. The only thing we know about the interior is what we’ve been promised by the manufacturer.

Genesis says the interior will be very driver-centric, but also very spacious.

It is also said to be dominated by very high-quality materials and feature the latest tech, rivaling the best in the business. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be available, as well as many other features, such as a digital car key, cloud-based voice recognition, and touch controller with handwriting function.

Price

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We are yet to learn the exact retail price for the Genesis JW. This will most probably happen around summer, right before the car hits the showrooms. Judging by its main competitors, we expect the JW will start at around $45,000.

Competition

BMW iX1

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One of BMW’s first all-electric crossover vehicles is said to hit the market around the same time as the JW. It has a more traditional design, rather than the coupe-inspired Genesis, which in theory should mean a bit more cargo space. In any case, the iX1 will come in two versions – a single-motor 180-horsepower base version and a dual-motor variant with 250 horsepower (186 kW). In the latter, the sprint to 60 mph (97 km/h) will be dealt with in around 6.5 seconds. The estimated range is around 286 miles (460 km). The batteries can recharge up to 80 percent in around 35 minutes. US prices are expected to start at around $49,000.

Read our full review on the BMW iX1

Audi Q4 E-Tron

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Another greatly-anticipated EV crossover comes from Ingolstadt. The Q4 E-Tron is said to be compact on the outside (4.59 meters / 180.7 in) and spacious on the inside. The dual-motor electric drivetrain provides 302 horsepower (225 kW), which is good for a 6.3-second sprint to 60 mph. Thanks to a large 82-kW battery, the range is over 280 miles (450 km). Like its Bavarian competitor, it features a more traditional two-box design, typical for most SUVs. However, the styling is a lot more aggressive, in comparison. Prices for the Q4 E-Tron start at around $45,000.

Read our full review on the Audi Q4 E-Tron

Conclusion

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The Genesis JW is the brand’s second all-electric vehicle that’s going to go on sale this year. This is the beginning of the brand’s mass-electrification plan, which sets out to introduce 23 fully-electric vehicles by 2025. The brand has already proven its intentions to give the German trio a hard time on the market, matching and even surpassing them in terms of integrated technology and stats, as well as beating them in terms of price. The luxury brand Genesis was the obvious direction forward for the parent company, which made rapid progress from the budget car manufacturer that it once was, to a force rivaling the older and more established brands in the industry.

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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