The 2021 Guangzhou Auto Show was the setting chosen by Genesis to present to the world the 100% electric version of its GV70 compact crossover, which arrives with the unmistakable name of Electrified GV70. Fortunately, the venue should not be a cause for alarm for those interested in purchasing the electric version of the award-winning Genesis GV70, as the Electrified GV70 is to be distributed not only in China, but also in various global markets, including the from the United States.
Unlike the GV60, which uses a dedicated platform for electric vehicles, the Genesis Electrified GV70 It uses the same architecture that underpins the regular GV70, replacing the internal combustion engine, transmission and gas tank with a pair of electric motors and a battery.
The Electrified GV70’s motors are mounted on each axle of the vehicle, giving it all-wheel drive capability and achieving a maximum combined maximum power of 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. We say ‘maximum’, because the crossover will be able to automatically switch to two-wheel drive when it doesn’t need additional power as a way to save energy. The Electrified GV70 also features an e-Terrain drive mode for off-road driving, and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) in just 4.5 seconds with all-wheel drive engaged.
Another consequence of sharing platforms with his gasoline-powered sister is that both trucks look practically identical. Still there are ways to tell them apart. The lack of exhaust pipes, unnecessary on the electric version, is one of them, but the solid grille of the electric version, with an engraved diamond pattern that mimics the texture of the original grille, is the most obvious.
Genesis did not give details on the battery size of the Electrified GV70 but did say that the crossover will have a fast charging capacity of 350 kW to charge the battery from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes and that it will have charging capacity. bidirectional at 3.6 kW, allowing you to use battery power to power electrical appliances when needed.
Genesis also announced that with a fully charged battery, the Electrified GV70 will have a range of more than 312.5 miles (500 km). However, it must be clarified that this autonomy was estimated based on the methodology of China’s CLTC cycle, and that, even if they share the same battery, it will not necessarily be valid for the version that arrives in the United States, whose autonomy will be calculated based on the methodology established by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA for its acronym in English.
There is no date yet for the Genesis Electrified GV70 to hit North American markets, but rumors indicate that when it does, it will be as a 2023 model made by the Hyundai Group at its Alabama assembly plant. Something that is yet to be confirmed.