Genesis’s first dedicated electric car, the GV60… you are from the future

Open the door with your face and start the engine with your fingerprint
The speed that is not enviable of a supercar
Focus on dynamism over comfort
Mileage and interior space are disappointing

The most unfamiliar thing when riding an electric vehicle after driving only an internal combustion engine is the start button. Since there is no engine sound, I do not know if the engine has started, so I press the button again.

often pressed An illuminated instrument panel signals the start signal. Therefore, the electric vehicle start button is also called the ‘power button’.

The first impression of Genesis’s first dedicated electric car, the GV60, that I recently met at Starfield Hanam was different. Glass embedded in the floating console at power-up

A marble-like thing spun around and the shift control panel appeared. It is an electronic transmission ‘Crystal Sphere’ (small photo) that acts as a mood light before starting the engine.

It is a unique device unique to the GV60 that does not have the same platform (E-GMP) as the Ioniq 5 (Hyundai Motor) and EV6 (Kia). boarding the future mobility

It is a function that was installed to create an atmosphere like it. At the GV60 public event in September, Genesis CEO Jang Jae-hoon said, “It’s a way to communicate with the driver.

It will set a new standard for luxury electric vehicles with its core features.”
Differentiated driving performance

Genesis's first dedicated electric car, the GV60...  you are from the future

The ability to open and lock the car door by face recognition without a key (Face Connect) is also a sympathetic concept pursued by Genesis. Face registration and recognition are performed with a small camera mounted on the B-pillar. After registering a face, touching the door handle, and staring at the camera, the car door opened. Facial recognition was fast. By combining a near-infrared camera and deep learning-based image recognition technology, it recognizes faces even in bad weather or at night, even when wearing a hat. The mask must be removed as the eyes, nose, and mouth must be visible. I can’t even recognize it when I’m wearing sunglasses.

It can be started only by fingerprint authentication. Registration was easy. Just like when registering a fingerprint on a smartphone, you can repeat several times by putting your finger on the sensor on the electronic transmission and releasing it. When the fingerprint was recognized, a message indicating that the engine could be started appeared on the instrument panel, and the ignition button was pressed.

The vehicle tested on this day is a four-wheel drive performance model, equipped with 160kW motors on the front and rear wheels, respectively, to produce a maximum output of 320kW (435 horsepower) and a maximum torque of 605Nm. It boasted the quietness and acceleration characteristic of electric vehicles. The driving texture was smooth, and the tires responded immediately even when the accelerator pedal was lightly pressed. The driving mode is divided into Eco, Comfort and Sport.

The performance model also has a boost button on the steering wheel. Regardless of the driving mode, when the boost is activated, the maximum output is amplified to 360 kW (490 horsepower) for 10 seconds and reaches 100 km/h from a standstill in 4 seconds. I checked the performance of the boost on the highway. The steering wheel became heavier and the car sprinted forward terrifyingly. The driver’s seat tightened the waist to hold the body.

I felt like I was driving a high-performance gasoline car, even though I only speeded up in Sport mode without a booster. Even in Comfort or Eco mode, no effort was put into accelerating. As we headed to a cafe in Gapyeong, the turning point, we encountered a curved road, and cornering was stable thanks to the electronic differential limiter that properly distributes the driving force to the wheels according to the road surface and driving conditions.

The driver’s and passenger’s side mirrors (OLED monitors) are inside the vehicle. The existing car’s exterior side mirror was occupied by a camera that transmits the situation behind the vehicle to the indoor monitor. When changing lanes, the monitor displayed the distance between vehicles in an easy-to-understand manner with red and orange lines. The digital side mirrors provide a wide rear viewing angle with a clear screen, but it seemed to take some time to get used to. The navigation system applied with augmented reality (AR) showed the real-time road condition when the fork was approached and informed the direction. In addition to the advanced driver assistance system, various driving sounds add to the fun of driving. The global audio brand Bang & Olufsen’s sound system doubles the luxury.

If you sign up now, you have to wait 1 year.

The combined fuel efficiency of the GV60 performance model revealed by Genesis is 4.1 km/kWh. It ran about 78 km that day and the battery consumed 17%. Most of the time I drove in comfort mode, except when I used boost three times while driving about 3km in sport mode. The level of mileage compared to the powerful performance is insufficient. The performance model can run up to 368 km after being fully charged. Compared to the standard rear-wheel drive model (451 km), there is an 83 km difference.

The GV60 is a coupe-type crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that breaks the frame of the existing Genesis model that emphasized grandeur as a luxury brand. The focus was on dynamism rather than comfort. The wheelbase (2900mm) is 100mm shorter than the Ioniq 5. The rear seats are also narrower than the Ioniq 5 or EV6.

The price of a test drive vehicle equipped with full options on the top model is close to 88 million won. If tax benefits and subsidies are applied, it costs about 77.8 million won in Seoul standards. Due to the shortage of semiconductors for vehicles, even if you sign a contract now, you can receive a vehicle after about a year.

Reporter Young-deuk Ko [email protected]

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