Specs Surface for All-Electric Genesis GV70
The Genesis brand has been running full throttle in an attempt to take a seat at the table generally occupied by the likes of BMW and Mercedes, rapidly introducing new models in important segments and setting tongues wagging about the quality of its cabin materials. Those in the B&B of a certain age will recall this is the playbook used (to much success) by Lexus back in 1990.
Its latest? An all-electric version of the generally excellent GV70 crossover, set to make its debut at the LA Auto Show later this month. But we’ve got a few specs – notably horsepower and torque – ahead of the big reveal.
While there aren’t any breathless press releases for GV70 on the Genesis media site, its consumer-facing pages show the car is expected to make 429 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, a sum putting it in good company with the hottest variant of its brother, the GV60. A so-called Boost Mode juices output in the GV70 to 483 all-electric ponies in 10-second bursts. Electric motors live front and rear, giving the model all-wheel drive, and both produce identical amounts of power to arrive at the 429 hp total.
Its battery is listed at 77.4 kWh, a sum identical to that of the pack found in the much smaller all-electric GV60. That model is some 8 inches shorter than the GV70, and its roof is a couple of inches lower to the ground. Oddly – well, until one considers the realities of modern auto design – their wheelbase measures are nearly identical. Eggheads at the EPA have rated the GV60 Performance, a trim of that car that shares both battery size and power output with the electric GV70, at a total driving range of 235 miles on a full charge.
However, independent testing in real-world conditions pegs the actual range somewhere in the ballpark of 270 miles, a sum much closer to the Tesla Model Y which is officially rated just over 300 miles. Knowing the GV70 will weigh more than the GV60 but has an equivalent battery size, we would not be surprised to see the EPA rate it near 220 miles of range but have its real-world performance come in closer to 250 miles.
The GV70 Electrified will likely be visually different from the GV70 gasser in a number of subtle ways. Look for the typical easy-to-change items like wheels and brake caliper colors but pay attention to the car’s front and rear bumpers when it goes on sale next year. While the news around back will almost certainly be limited to a small visual tweak in getting rid of the sewer-cannon exhaust pipes, be sure to check out the GV70 E’s slick front grille and its near-invisible door for the charging port. If it’s anything like the one on its Dreadnaught-class electrified G80 sedan, it’ll be an imperceptible flap baked into that diamond pattern the brand likes to deploy on the noses of some of its machines. It ranks up there with the fuel flap on a McLaren P1 or old-school shoebox Chevy in terms of being undetectable.
Initially, the 2023 electrified GV70 will only be sold at select Genesis retailers in California, Arizona, New York, and a few other states like Connecticut, Jersey, Nevada, Utah, and Washington. Pricing will appear closer to its expected on-sale date in spring 2023.
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