We uncover the newest Genesis mannequin updates – and take the GV60 and Electrified GV70 on some uncommon manoeuvres…
Time flies. It’s simply two years since Genesis (Hyundai’s upmarket model) launched within the UK and Europe. Already, eight fashions have been launched – three of that are electrical.
I used to be amongst a gaggle of journalists invited to Berlin just lately for the possibility to have some enjoyable within the GV60 and GV70 EVs at a proving floor, and to be given an illustration of the improved technological options of the newest GV60.
I opted to drive an Electrified G80 to the take a look at facility about half an hour outdoors Berlin. Not simply a chance to reach in model, however an opportunity to reacquaint myself with this zero emissions luxurious saloon. Elegant and easy, and with a claimed vary of as much as 323 miles, it’s a hidden gem.
The GV60 and GV70 are inclined to seize a lot of the highlight for good motive. They’re each wonderful electrical autos in their very own methods, and now it was time to see how they carry out in difficult situations in a managed atmosphere beneath the steerage of instructors.
Our first take a look at was to drag an empty horsebox weighing 1,200kg in a GV70 SUV. This will not sound spectacular (thought the Electrified GV70 can tow a most of 1,800kg braked), however one of many nice myths is that electrical autos can’t tow in any respect.
Positive, EV towing capacities are at the moment not within the 3,500kg high league of huge petrol/diesel SUVs and pick-ups, however 1,800kg braked signifies that trailers and smaller caravans will be towed.
We didn’t simply pull a horsebox at common speeds, we got the possibility to see how the combo copes in excessive situations.
First we drove the GV70 at pace on a freshly soaked observe – the type of slippery floor that might fear a automobile driver and not using a horsebox attached.
Then we examined its acceleration and braking capabilities. No hanging about right here – foot flat on the ground and full prompt torque, adopted by a stamp on the brake pedal from excessive pace.
Lastly, an opportunity to sort out a slalom course – nonetheless with the horsebox in tow.
These are excessive eventualities for drivers with something in tow. And to say the GV70 carried out admirably can be an understatement.
Regardless of the slippery situations, the GV70’s driving help and security applied sciences kicked in, preserving the wheels from spinning and the horsebox in test.
The acceleration and braking take a look at was equally spectacular. As soon as once more, the automobile was composed and the horsebox remained remarkably ‘steady’ in a state of affairs the place alarming snaking and pitching is likely to be anticipated.
Once more, no swaying on the slalom course, the place automobile and horsebox appeared in excellent concord.
Total, at no time did the horsebox really feel or look uncontrolled, whereas the GV70 carried out as if the horsebox wasn’t there.
Subsequent it was on to a different smaller, artificially-soaked part of observe (round this time) for a enjoyable take a look at in a GV60 crossover, full with all-wheel drive and a mixed 429bhp.
There’s additionally a Increase button on the steering wheel that will increase energy the GV60’s energy to 483bhp for a 10-second interval, delivering 700Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque and a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds.
Crucially for our exercise, we may additionally activate Drift mode, which provides the GV60 the extra playful really feel of a rear-wheel drive mannequin.
As you realize, drifting is (fairly merely!) placing a automobile into oversteer and holding it there.
First I had a go along with all of the digital aids switched on. The end result was a automobile being pushed round in a decent circle with no drama.
Subsequent, the assorted options resembling traction management and ESC Digital Stability Management (all designed to maintain the automobile steady) had been switched off.
Simpler mentioned than executed, particularly in a confined area, however I feel I lastly managed a ‘circuit’ of drifting earlier than I misplaced it and spun spherical as my pace elevated.
All good enjoyable, however there’s a critical aspect to all of it. Not solely did the ‘workshop’ show how very succesful and protected the GV60 and Electrified GV70 are, it additionally confirmed that EVs will be partaking and dynamic.
Lastly, we received to check three intelligent items of safety know-how making their world debut within the Genesis GV60.
Utilizing state-of-the-art facial recognition software program and digital camera, Face Join permits a driver to unlock the doorways, prime the car for beginning and pre-load the consumer’s profile with out utilizing the important thing fob.
Setting the system up is a little bit of a faff, however as soon as it’s executed you merely look right into a digital camera on the B-pillar. It then scans your face, and hey presto!
As an additional layer of safety, there’s Fingerprint Authentication through a contact sensor within the centre console. Not solely will this let you begin the automobile, it’s going to mechanically load your consumer profile, together with settings for the multimedia, head-up show, seats and exterior mirrors.
It is a actually game-changing idea, however there’s extra. Digital Key 2.0 permits house owners to share entry to their GV60 with as much as three completely different smartphone customers, every with their very own particular person profile.
Genesis goes locations. Not simply when it comes to know-how, however by 2025 all new Genesis fashions shall be 100% electrical. By 2030, it will likely be a totally zero emissions model. And by 2035, it will likely be carbon impartial.