Genesis EV Rolls Closer to Production

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
genesis ev rolls closer to production

As it slowly fleshes out its lineup, fledgling premium brand Genesis can’t be without an electric vehicle. It’s 2020, after all. Thankfully, living under the Hyundai Motor Group umbrella means having access to a number of goodies — among them, Hyundai’s new modular electric architecture, which will underpin the fully-electric Ioniq brand.

As spy photos show, a small Genesis EV is already undergoing testing.

Photos published by Motor Authority show a compact, four-door liftback that’ll probably arrive with crossover billing.

Last year, Genesis global boss Manfred Fitzgerald told Australian outlet Drive that the brand would have an EV on offer sometime in 2021. “We are absolutely committed to alternative propulsion,” he said. “I think you will see that Genesis will have every alternative covered in a relatively short space of time.”

Last week, Hyundai revealed plans for a lineup of Ioniq-branded electric vehicles, all riding atop the automaker’s new E-GMP platform. The upcoming Genesis model will arrive after the market arrival of the next-generation G80 sedan and its platform-mate GV80 SUV. A compact GV70 utility will also appear late this year or early next. The latter two models should go a long way to bringing Genesis’ sales volume to meaningful levels.

As for the EV, little is known, but the spy shots give us an idea of what to expect in terms of shape. It’s not exactly the Mint concept (seen above). Pricing will surely undercut compact EVs on the way from Germany, and remain competitive with Tesla’s lower-end offerings. With Hyundai’s E-GMP models all boasting 800-volt electrical architecture, recharging times could be a selling point for the premium electric.

[Image: Genesis]

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  • Dwford Dwford on Aug 17, 2020

    Are they really going to bring out some compact econo-box looking EV to compete with Tesla?

  • Jmo2 Jmo2 on Aug 19, 2020

    It looks like the Volvo C30 I test drove but didn’t end up buying.

  • ToolGuy T E L L U R I D E is not on this list(I can keep my poster on the wall)
  • ToolGuy My impression is that Honda has been coasting on its reputation for awhile now.(To Honda's credit, they aren't standing on the Self Destruct button like Toyota seems to be)
  • Fred I owned a 2001 MR2 for 15 years nothing ever went wrong with the vehicle. It was always exciting to drive most people thought it was a boxster. The only negative was storage and legroom considering I'm a little over 6:4 the only reason it was sold was as a second car and a grandchild on the way we needed something more practical.
  • V16 I'm sure most people could find 155,365 reasons to choose another luxury brand SUV and pocket the difference.
  • ChristianWimmer I don’t want this autonomous driving garbage technology in any car.My main fear is this. Once this technology is perfected, freedom-hating eco hysterical governments (crap hole Germany, UK and the European Union in general) will attempt to ban private car ownership because “you don’t need to own a car anymore since the car can come to you, drop you off and then proceed to service the next customer”... no thanks. Having your own car is FREEDOM.Go away, autonomous driving. I also enjoy the act of driving a car. I want to drive, not be driven.