Genesis is testing a car that, despite its camouflage, is immediately recognizable as the GV70. The fact that Genesis makes it such a secret depends on the powertrain.
With the GV70 Genesis hopes to make it difficult for cars like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Genesis unveiled the new SUV at the end of December, and yet our spy photographer got a heavily wrapped one in front of the lens. The biggest hint to this mystery came from the exhausts. At least, from its absence. This GV70 travels electrically and that is directly the confirmation where the recently registered name ‘GV70e’ refers to: a fully electric version of the GV70.
It is not inconceivable that the camouflage does hide some external changes. Genesis may be taking a similar approach to BMW with the iX3, where this will be a competitor. A slightly different grille and some design elements that subtly indicate that it is an electric variant, are probably included. The fact that G70e, G80e, G90e, GV80e and GV90e are also registered as names, is a precursor that the brothers of this GV70 will also use the electric power. Interesting for the Dutch market, since Genesis also wants to try it in Europe.
We are still in the dark about specifications. The regular GV70 comes with a 304 hp 2.5 turbo engine that likes petrol, but also with a 3.5-liter blown six-cylinder that produces 380 hp. Diesel is also possible; a 210 hp 2.2 four-cylinder is recommended for this. The drive is via the rear wheels or all four wheels. So count for the electric version soon on about 300 hp power and probably versions with rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. In the latter case, it is probably a more powerful variant. In terms of range, we are aiming for 500 km according to the WLTP cycle.
This GV70e will also include a smaller fully electric model that is now known under code name JW. That car sits on the modular EV platform of parent company Hyundai, E-GMP, and is therefore only available electrically. There are rumors that it will eventually go by the name GV60e.