The luxury brand's first-ever EV has arrived.
This may look like the Genesis G80 sedan, but it's actually the 2022 Genesis Electrified G80, the South Korean luxury brand's first-ever electric model. It made the business decision to skip over hybrids and plug-in hybrids entirely and go straight to battery electrics. Making its debut at this year's Shanghai Auto Show, the Electrified G80 (yes, it's the official name) looks nearly identical to the ICE-powered version and that's certainly not a bad thing.
With standard all-wheel drive, the sedan has an estimated driving range of over 310 miles, though that's based on the Korean EV certification system. Genesis stresses range figures will vary by region. Thanks to 350 kW rapid charging, the battery will charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in only 22 minutes. Zero to 60 mph takes only 4.9 seconds in sport mode.
One particularly interesting feature enthusiast drivers will appreciate is the Disconnector Actuator System (DAS) that can connect or disconnect the motor and driveshaft for different driving conditions. In other words, it's possible to switch between RWD and AWD. Doing so also helps to increase efficiency and reduce unnecessary power loss. When equipped with 19-inch wheels, the Electrified G80's efficiency is rated at 4.3 km/kWh, or 2.67 miles/kWh. But this figure could change for the US market version.
A 400/800V multi-rapid charging system comes standard, enabling owners to use more than one type of charging infrastructure. Essentially, owners can use an 800V rapid charging system without requiring a converter. Something that could come in handy is the Vehicle to Load (V2L) capability, meaning it's possible the vehicle can be utilized as a charger for electrical appliances. It even has a solar roof for added efficiency.
The Active Noise Control-Road feature, currently only found in the GV80 SUV, reduces cabin noise by measuring and analyzing road noises and responding with soundwaves in the opposite frequency. The adaptive suspension system can even be controlled by information fed to it from a front-facing camera.
The main exterior styling differences from the standard G80 include a more aerodynamic crest grille with an inverted G-Matrix pattern and a charging door located on the grille's upper right corner. Sustainability was another key focus for Genesis and this is reflected in the interior with a variety of natural and recycled materials. The leather upholstery has natural dyes and there's eco-friendly natural wood trim and other PET recycled fabrics.
Genesis says more information, including US market specs, will arrive later this year.