Genesis, the luxury arm of the Hyundai and KIA family, ushered in its first ever electric model, the Genesis G80, at the 2021 Shanghai Autoshow. Genesis have been ramping up their presence in China, with this being the first ever time they participate at the show, as well as their recent announcement this month announcing their official launch in China. The car will fit nicely in the luxury saloon segment, taking on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQE and the Audi e-tron A6.
Genesis G80 – The First of Firsts
The Electrified G80 is Genesis’ first EV model, presenting a new standard for luxury electric sedans. It builds on the heritage of the G80 with its perfect balance of Athletic Elegance, while also offering customers much more value with its electric powertrain. This car is certainly impressive when it comes to its power, it can go up to 500 km from a full charge, and can be charged from 10 to 80% in around 22 minutes, courtesy of a 350 kW rapid charger.
The car comes in an AWD option, delivering a total 272 kW and 700 Nm torque via the two onboard motors, and capable of hitting 100 km/h from standstill in 4.9 seconds.
It is technically AWD, but a Disconnector Actuator System (DAS) allows for switching between 2WD and AWD to reduce unnecessary power loss and increase efficiency, based on the driving mode selected.
The Electrified G80 also provides V2L (Vehicle to Load) feature that enables customers to use electric power of 3.6kW, which is higher than the level used by an average household, making it possible to use electric appliances conveniently outside of the vehicle.
In order to ensure a comfortable driving experience, Genesis equipped the vehicle with ANC-R (Active Noise Control-Road; formerly known as RANC). It reduces the level of noise significantly by measuring and analyzing road noises with four sensors and six microphones inside the vehicle, and by simultaneously creating sounds at opposite phase. The Preview Electronic Control Suspension (Pre-view ECS), suspension which can be controlled by information supplied through the front camera and navigation system, also helps to create the optimum driving experience.
The design inherits the G80’s design character – ‘Athletic Elegance’ and ‘Beauty of White Space’ for the exterior and interior, as well we various elements that differentiate high-end EV sedans.
The Genesis signature Crest Grille evolves into an aerodynamic crest featuring an inverted G-Matrix pattern that emphasizes the G80 EV’s mission for sustainability. The charging door is located in the grille’s upper right corner, and is invisible when closed. Inside the charging door, Two Lines chrome design has also been applied, highlighting its design identity and consistency.
The Electrified Genesis G80 also features various latest technologies that emphasize sustainability. The solar roof integrated in the roofline can generate electricity using sunlight with a solar panel that increases energy efficiency.
Genesis will provide exclusive color options for the G80, including the Matira Blue (exterior) and the Dark Green Two-tone (interior).
No word on when it would hit the streets, we’ll update when we know more.