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Genesis GV60 (2021): Electric crossover with face recognition

Genesis GV60 will probably start at the end of 2021 from around 50,000 euros

Presented after the electrified G80 genesis with the GV60 now his second fully electric car. The compact SUV uses the E-GMP base of Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 and is thus the first Elektro-Genesis on a specific e-platform. According to Genesis, the GV60 is said to be the brand’s sportiest vehicle to date, which seems a bit strange when you look at the G70 and its shooting brake version. The Koreans have not yet announced any information on prices and market launch. AUTO BILD estimates that the electric SUV is still End of 2021 comes on the market – at prices from around 50,000 euros. (Overview: These new cars are coming in 2021!)

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The most important key data for the Genesis GV60

● Electric SUV / E-Crossover from Genesis
● First Elektro-Genesis on a dedicated e-platform
● E-GMP platform
● Approx. 480 km range
● Cameras instead of exterior mirrors
● Market launch probably at the end of 2021
● Price from approx. 50,000 euros

Genesis GV60 shows similarities to the Mercedes GLC Coupé

In terms of size, the Genesis GV60 is in the same league as the Mercedes GLC. Unsurprisingly, the GV60 gets it brand-typical split lights. The well-known crest grill sits lower to optimally cool the battery and electric motors. In order to optimize the aerodynamics, the GV60 relies on a “clamshell engine hood” (in German: mussel shell), which merges into the fenders and is flush with the wheel arches. The wheel arches, like the lower parts of the aprons and sills, are made of unpainted plastic, which gives the car a more robust appearance.
Genesis GV60

Exciting detail: the arrow-shaped element seems to connect the rear window with the side windows.


the Roofline falls even for an SUV coupe very steep off what gives the silhouette the sportiness mentioned by Genesis. At the rear there are also two-part lights, which – as with the GV70 and G70 Shooting Brake – extend into the trunk lid. The tailgate has a kind rotating disc on, although this is almost certainly a clever cladding of the C-pillar. A large spoiler with an integrated third brake light is emblazoned below the rear window. Overall, the rear section strongly reminds us of the Mercedes GLC Coupé, even if the GV60 design comes across as a bit more playful. (Overview: all new electric cars by 2026)

Luminous ball as a gear selector lever

Genesis GV60

The choice of colors in the cockpit is strongly reminiscent of the presentation colors of the current BMW M4 Competition.


A look into the passenger compartment reveals a large, curved glass panel behind the wheel. It contains two screens for digital cockpit and infotainment. The steering wheel has two unusually wide spokes with buttons and two control satellites. The two front seats are separated by a floating center console on one of them hemispherical control unit for gear selection sits. Genesis calls this part “Crystal Sphere”. It should light up atmospherically when the car is switched off and inform the driver of oncoming vehicles. Exactly how this works is not explained. Other technical features include flush door handles and – instead of classic exterior mirrors – Cameras, which transmit the image to small screens in the interior at the level of the dashboard. As in the Audi e-tron, this technology could only be an option, as it is currently not yet approved for use in the USA.

Access also possible via face recognition

You don’t actually need a key for the GV60, because the car opens with facial recognition. As with many smartphones, a camera scans the biometric features of the face and compares them with the stored profiles. Genesis works with infrared technology so that this is also possible in the dark. However, a maximum of two profiles can be stored. According to Genesis, the registered faces are stored in encrypted form and can be deleted at any time. The technology is particularly interesting for situations in which you actually cannot or do not want to carry your car key with you, for example when you go to a lake to swim or go jogging. This means you don’t actually need your car key with the GV60, because like the GV70, it can also be started with a fingerprint.
Genesis GV60

The infrared camera should help to make the key superfluous. It recognizes faces even in the dark.


800 volt technology thanks to the Ioniq 5 platform

Apart from the platform, nothing is known about the technology yet. However, one can expect a similar range of drive options as with the Ioniq 5 and EV6. For the Ioniq 5 there are two Rear-wheel and two all-wheel drives to have between 170 and 305 hp, whereby the entry-level variant in the more luxurious GV60 could be skipped. Then it would start at 217 hp and probably just like with the Kia end at 585 hp.

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It probably will two batteries with 58 and 72.6 kWh capacity give that Ranges between just under 400 and around 480 kilometers could enable. As with Hyundai and Kia, the highlight will probably be that 800 volt technology, with which the batteries can be charged to 80 percent in around 18 minutes. (There is a € 900 wallbox subsidy!)

The Genesis GV60 is also coming to Germany

Genesis GV60

The roof line drops off very sharply, which should limit the trunk that can actually be used.

Market launch of the Genesis GV60 should still End of 2021 The price of the electric crossover should be slightly higher than the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 at the latest. The Hyundai currently starts at 41,900 euros. The GV60 could start at around 50,000 euros. (All information about the environmental bonus!)

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