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2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 First Look: A Great SUV Is Now an EV

Last week Genesis unveiled the 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 at Auto Guangzhou 2021. It is the third EV in the Korean luxury brand lineup, including the Electrified G80, and will slot above the smaller GV60. The Electrified GV70 uses the same framework as the gas-powered version of the luxury compact SUV, our 2022 MotorTrend SUV of the Year.

n terms of design, the differences between the electric GV70 and its fuel-based counterpart are subtle. Out front, the regular GV70’s grille opening is closed and integrates a concealed EV charging port. Upon closer observation, you will also notice the functional side air vents and updated lower radiator grille, which improves aerodynamics. Genesis streamlined the rear end by removing the gas model’s exhaust outlets and diffuser. The model shown wears a coat of Atacama Copper Matte exterior paint.

The Electrified GV70 is only available in dual-motor, all-wheel-drive configuration. Each motor—one is mounted at the front axle and another at the rear—develops about 215 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque. Together, the electric motors produce a combined output of 483 hp and 516 lb-ft. Genesis claims the massive jump in power will launch the luxury crossover from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds. This model is the first to come equipped with e-Terrain mode, an SUV-specific feature for driving on rugged surfaces.

When the goal is to drive conservatively to preserve range, the Disconnector Actuator System (DAS) will automatically disconnect the motor and driveshaft. Depending on driving conditions such as vehicle speed and driving mode, the system seamlessly switches from using single or dual motors, helping reduce unnecessary power loss and boost efficiency. Furthermore, the Electrified GV70 gets Smart Regenerative Braking System 2.0 and ANC-R (Active Noise Control-Road). 

While Genesis did not disclose the battery size, the Electrified GV70 delivers approximately 249 miles of range based on the Korean EV certification system. Able to handle up to a 350-kW charge rate, the 400/800-volt rapid charging setup allows the battery to charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in as little as 18 minutes. Additionally, the Electrified GV70 has a vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability that enables it to generate 3.6 kW of output, which can power the home or appliances if need be. 

The 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 is another example of the electrification of future Genesis models and shows the automaker’s commitment to growing its EV lineup. Whether the all-electric luxury compact SUV will be for sale in the North American market remains to be seen.

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