Genesis Caught Testing New Tesla Model Y Rival

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It will share the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

It's no secret that Hyundai Motor Group is plotting a massive electric car expansion with a new range of models that will ride on the automaker's new Electric-Global Modular Platform. By 2025, Hyundai Motor Group plans to offer as many as 23 fully electric models and sell at least one million units annually.

We'll get to see the first model to utilize this platform next month when the Hyundai Ioniq 5 debuts, followed by Kia's first dedicated EV codenamed the CV. Now, our spies have caught Genesis testing a new electric crossover that will share the same E-GMP platform.

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Codenamed JW, the new Genesis EV will be a compact luxury crossover rivaling the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 e-tron, and Mercedes EQC. Unfortunately, the prototype is heavily camouflaged, but the proportions are more compact than the GV80. It also appears to take the form of a coupe-style crossover with a stylish sloping roofline.

Like the GV80, the new Tesla Model Y fighter sports split headlights and taillights and the conventional side mirrors are replaced with cameras. Other design details are obscured by the camouflage covering the electric SUV's sleek body.

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Hyundai Group's new EV platform will support a range of over 310 miles on a single charge based on the WLTP cycle and charge the battery up to 80 percent in only 18 minutes or add up to 62 miles of range in five minutes. As for performance, EVs riding on this new platform will be capable of generating as much as 600 horsepower.

As well as the JW crossover, Genesis is also planning to roll out a fully electric version of the G80 sedan rumored to be called the eG80. Genesis has already officially confirmed the JW crossover will debut sometime in 2021, while reports have claimed it will start production in June.

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