2023 Genesis GV60 EV trimmed and luxury staircase extended from Ioniq

Genesis has set up new platforms under its gas vehicles over the past few years to give the still-new luxury brand some necessary distinction from its Hyundai roots. But with the new 2023 GV60 and the rumored upcoming GV90, it is returning to that dynasty as both of these vehicles are based on the Hyundai e-GMP platform.

This first blush is not a bad association. This platform works remarkably well under both the Ioniq 5 and the EV6, both cars receiving strong recommendations from our staff. But expectations are different for the Genesis model, which completes the Korean tramway of the new, smaller electric SUV (or twiner hatchback, or larger wagon, whatever it is for you). It has to take on more luxuries for electrification than its counterparts. I traveled to Austin, Texas to see if the GV60 could offer a different kind of experience than its counterpart, and for the third time on the Hyundai E-GMP platform it was as captivating or unpleasant.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The first way the GV60 differentiates itself is its powertrain. Its 77.4-kwh battery pack matches the long-range versions of the Ioniq 5 and EV6, but Genesis offers a performance trim layer with more power. The base advance model has the same output as the AWD version of the Hyundai / Kia, a 74-kilowatt front motor and a 160-kilowatt rear motor produce a combined 314 hp and 446 pound-feet of torque. I have increased the tested performance model step by step, bumping up to 160 kW to match the front motor to the rear. Horsepower also jumps to 429 hp even though the torque figure remains the same.

From the first launch it is clear that the GV60 Performance has more juice than the Ioniq 5 or EV6, jumps off the line more vigorously and zips up at highway speeds with unlimited comfort. And if that’s not enough for you, performance models also offer a boost mode that is activated via a green button on the steering wheel. Pressing outputs up to 483 hp and 516 pound-feet for 10 seconds, increasing to 54 hp and 70 pound-feet, respectively. As soon as this button is activated, the GV60 becomes more of a rocketship (it’s especially fun to assemble mountain highways) and the initial tip of the throttle seems to be more responsive.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Genesis says there is a theoretical limit to how many times you can hit this button in a row as the elements get hot. But in the name of science I pressed the button six times in a row for an extended minute of fun and the GV60 didn’t even blink. It was also a hot day in Austin in the mid-90s, but it seemed to have no effect. The system doesn’t enable Smartly Boost mode if you don’t press the accelerator when you hit it, so if you press the button while slowing down for a corner, your 10 seconds won’t start until you return to throttle.

While the GV60 accelerates, stops, and starts with a verve, it’s the angles that confuse the whole presentation a bit more. Performance models add an electronically controlled suspension with a road preview (a camera that scans the front road with holes and the like), a setup we’ve chosen for another Genesis SUVS, the GV70. In this case something went wrong with the tuning, the GV60 doesn’t do a great job of separating the cabin from the broken sidewalk and at the corners, the nose rebounds too much and destabilizes the front of the car.

Unstable ride and unexpected handling, and this puts the GV60 behind both the Ioniq 5 and the EV6.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The GV60 is about 200 pounds heavier than its compatriots, which contributes to a smaller reduction in range. The Advance has a range of approximately 248 miles, compared to 256 miles (Ioniq 5) and 274 miles (EV6) for Hyundai / Kia’s AWD equipped versions. Performance models move backwards at a range of 235 miles.

Our drive route was about 140 miles, so no fast charging was required, but the GV60 is estimated to have the same 800-volt fast charging number as the other two cars. It can handle up to 235 kilowatts of power, let alone 10-80% charge in just 18 minutes or add 64 miles in five minutes.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The interior where the GV60 shines brighter, if you have a choice of interiors, white or blue (performance only) helps to make the interior design more pop. In black you will lose a lot of detail and the cabin looks very dirty. The GV60 doesn’t have a sliding center console like the Ioniq 5, but it does have a large storage space underneath that can be accessed by both front and rear passengers. The components are great and the performance model combines Napa leather upholstery, a massaging driver’s seat and heated rear seats to give the GV60 a more luxurious certificate.

Although 177.8 inches long and 62.6 inches long (the Tesla Model 3 187.1 / 63.9 inches) is one of the smallest and smallest vehicles in the class, the interior still seems spacious enough for four adults with ample backseat legroom and even headroom for tall passengers. . It’s 4.7 inches smaller than the Ioniq 5, which makes the cargo room a bit smaller, but it’s still enough 24.0 cubic feet behind the back seat.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The standard 12.3-inch side-by-side screens will look familiar, this is the setup of both Hyundai / Kia shares. Where the GV60 starts to show is another technology. The B-column has a small camera mounted that powers a facial recognition system, while the center console now has a fingerprint reader on the edge. Both systems were surprisingly easy to set up, taking only 90 seconds for both to start and end. Once this was done, a Genesis representative took the car keys from me and said, “You don’t need these.”

This is a feature for those who like to run or surf without an easy place to keep your valuables. I don’t have any of these things, but it’s quite satisfying to use a quick stop on the B-column to open (or lock) the GV60 and then a tap of the fingerprint sensor prepares me to go.

Genesis assures us that the system, which uses an infrared camera so that it can operate in low light conditions, can detect whether it is actually your face or a picture of you, for example. Once you use your face to unlock the doors, your personal profile is activated and the driver’s seat, steering wheel, mirror and infotainment choices are loaded. The GV60 can store up to two sets of face and fingerprints

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

The other part of the Genesis interior that stands out is the crystal ball that inverts when the GV60 is off. Its color can be changed in the infotainment system and the ball becomes a simple visual reference to tell if the car is running যা which can be harder to say in EV than you think.

The 2023 GV60 starts at $ 59,980 (with গ 1,090 destination charge) and offers a 12.3-inch screen for Advance instrument cluster and infotainment, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, leather upholstery, and heated / cold front seats. From there, performance starts at $ 68,890, adding Napa leather, a massaging driver’s seat, heated rear seats, 21-inch alloy wheels and the aforementioned powertrain upgrades mentioned above.

This results in a large price difference between the GV60 and the Ioniq 5 or EV6, especially in the performance configuration — but then again, the GV60 is a luxury car where the others are not. We’ll have to wait to get behind the wheel of an advance version to see how the suspension responds and gives a final verdict. The self-contained GV60 is rather good, but its counterparts are great and that’s what it’s all about.

2023 Genesis GV60

2023 Genesis GV60

Put it in contrast to the GV60’s luxurious relative and it actually looks even better. Its interior is much higher quality than the Model Y and much more powerful than the Audi Q4 E-Tron, although we still haven’t been able to drive the car for a good jolt. There are more competitors on the horizon, with the Lexus RZ and Mercedes-Benz EQBO coming into the pipeline. This is going to be a very crowded segment and it will be interesting to see how the GV60 compares to these external competitors, and not just its own stable.

The GV60 will go on sale May 17 to select retailers in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York with the aim of increasing availability later this year. These geographic restrictions sound more like Eoniq 5 than the nationwide distribution of EV6, which debuted in 19 states.

Genesis provided accommodation, transportation and food Green Car Report To bring you this firsthand drive report.

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