Hyundai's nascent luxury brand, Genesis, has revealed an electric version of its flagship G80 sedan. Shown at the 2021 Shanghai auto show ahead of a global launch later this year, the electrified G80 is the brand's first EV. It will go on sale alongside the conventionally fuelled G80, the GV70 crossover, and the larger GV80 SUV in the brand’s global line-up.
G80 EV’s twin-motor setup puts out 370hp and 700Nm
EV’s exterior design remains near-identical to the conventional G80
Genesis evaluating India entry with an SUV
Genesis G80 EV: powertrain details
The G80 EV uses a twin-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain that offers performance on par with the new bespoke EVs from Genesis' sibling brands, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.
Headline features include an 800V charging system allowing for charge speeds of up to 350kW, a 'vehicle to load' (V2L) external device-charging function and a disconnecting actuator system that switches between two- and four-wheel-drive as needed for maximum efficiency.
Combined, the twin motors endow the G80 EV with 370hp and 700Nm, allowing for a 0-96kph time of 4.9sec in Sport driving mode. The battery size hasn't yet been confirmed, but the electrified G80 is said to be capable of more than 500km of range on China's NEDC test cycle.
Genesis G80 EV: exterior and interior details
The Genesis G80 EV sedan is visually identical to the standard G80, revealed a year ago, save for the addition of a closed-off grille and bespoke front bumper. It maintains the same premium focus inside, too, with a widescreen infotainment display dominating the dashboard, minimalistic control panel and heavy use of leather.
Genesis G80 EV: technology
The electrified G80 also has an Active Noise Control-Road (ANC-R) system that uses an array of sensors and microphones to analyse road noise in the cabin and create "sounds at opposite phase" to cancel it out.
In addition, the suspension system adjusts to suit the road surface using a front camera, in combination with the satnav, to give the "optimum driving experience."
Various sustainability measures, including a solar panel in the roof and recycled interior materials, are expected to become hallmarks of Genesis' EV line-up.
Genesis in India
We had reported back in 2019 that Genesis was looking to enter the Indian market, with the first model likely to be an SUV. The brand currently has two SUVs on sale in international markets – the GV80 and the Hyundai Tucson-based GV70 – though which could arrive first remains to be seen.
Furthermore, the conventional Genesis G80 sedan was spotted testing in India earlier this year but there is no news yet regarding its launch here. Similarly, it is yet unknown whether Genesis will also bring the electric G80 sedan to India.
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