The automotive industry’s march toward electrification continues apace, spurred on by government regulations, climate change pressures and, more recently, drivers eager to stop spending so wildly at the pumps. In that spirit, the 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 has been announced. This is the third fully electric vehicle to join the brand’s line-up as it follows the Electrified G80 sedan and the GV60 dedicated EV, both of which were introduced earlier this year.
The Electrified GV70 joins the luxury brand’s push to electrify its line-up. Genesis has stated that all new models introduced from 2025 and onward will be fully electric, and internal combustion engines (ICEs) will be eliminated from its line-up entirely by 2030. This is one way in which the brand’s size and relative newness makes it nimbler: with just seven years of history and six vehicles in its line-up, Hyundai Motor Company’s premium division also has the luxury of being able to pivot into electrification with relative ease.
This new electrified compact SUV shares elements of both Genesis EVs that came before it. On one hand, the Electrified GV70 is similar to the Electrified G80 in that it builds upon the platform of an existing ICE model and adapts it to accommodate an electric powertrain. For the most part, the differences take a trained eye to spot. The GV70’s grille has the same proportions whether electrified or otherwise, though on the EV the grille is closed to improve aerodynamics since engine cooling is not required. A charging port is tucked into the grille’s design, and a small additional storage area can be accessed beneath the hood, which is sculpted slightly differently than that of the ICE version.
Unique wheel designs, minor tweaks to eliminate the tailpipes from the rear bumper, and exclusive garnishes for the interior lighting are otherwise the only design differentiators. In a nod to sustainability, some interior upholstery has been replaced in the Electrified GV70 with a material that uses yarn made from recycled plastics.
The Electrified GV70’s similarities to the GV60 are in its drive system. The battery and motor setup has been pulled directly from the upper trim of the latter, the GV60 Performance, and will be standard in the Electrified GV70. A pair of 160-kilowatt electric motors, one mounted to each axle, combine to create standard all-wheel drive while producing a total of 429 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. The GV60 Performance’s Boost Mode is also found here, which raises those figures to 483 hp and 516 lb-ft for 10 seconds when activated. Range figures have not yet been provided for the Electrified GV70, but it’s possible to hazard an educated guess given that the range of the GV60 Performance is 378 kilometres. The Electrified GV70 is a slightly larger and heavier compact SUV, which puts it closer to the dimensions Canadians tend to prefer in their vehicles but is likely to render its range figure slightly lower in official testing.
The Electrified GV70’s 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery, also pulled from the GV60 Performance, is capable of Level 3 DC fast charging at rates of up to 350 kilowatts, which replenish the charge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. At the more commonly found Level 3 speed of 50 kilowatts, the Electrified GV70 takes 73 minutes to recharge from and to the same percentages. When charged via a 11-kilowatt Level 2 charger, which is the typical speed of a charger installed at home, the battery can go from 10 to 100 percent charge in 7 hours and 5 minutes.
As with related EVs such as the GV60, the IONIQ 5, and the Kia EV6, the Electrified GV70 will come with V2L (vehicle-to-load) technology. This allows the car to output power to small appliances and electronics such as laptops, low-draw power tools, video game systems, microwaves, guitar amplifiers, and much more. In the Electrified GV70, a household-style outlet in the interior and exterior access via an adapter for the charging port will both be standard.
Where the Electrified GV70 is unique among Genesis EVs is that it will be the first to be equipped with e-terrain modes. This allows the driver to select separate settings for driving in snow, mud, and sand, which adapts the responses from the standard electronically controlled suspension. Additional control is provided through a brake and motor-driven torque vectoring system, which distributes torque left or right across the rear axle to the wheel with the most grip.
The standard suite of safety features includes forward collision avoidance, lane keep assist and following assist, intelligent speed limit assist, 360-degree parking collision avoidance assist, blind spot collision avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, advanced rear occupant alert to detect pets or children left behind, and highway driving assist to combine these features into a semi-autonomous highway driving system. A surround-view monitor, remote smart parking assist, and a blind view monitor that projects camera views of blind spots onto the instrument cluster are available.
The 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 will go on sale early next year with deliveries beginning sometime in first half of 2023. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.