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2022 Genesis Electrified G80 debuts as company’s first electric vehicle

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The Electrified G80 is the company's first electric vehicle.

Genesis is launching its first electric vehicle (EV). The 2022 Genesis Electrified G80 takes the typical parts of the G80 sedan and combines it with an electric powertrain.

“Today is very special because it represents a variety of firsts for the Genesis brand, not only because this is Genesis’ very first appearance at Auto Shanghai, but also as the first time we are unveiling a new product outside of Korea,” said Jay Chang, Global Head of the Genesis brand. “The Electrified G80, the perfect balance of athleticism and elegance, marks the beginning of our journey into the EV market, representing Genesis in the era of electrification.”

The exterior of the Electrified G80 is nearly the same as the traditional G80. The car’s Crest Grille features an inverted G-Matrix pattern. It houses the car’s charging door, which is located in the grille’s upper right corner. The charging door features a two-line design. The two lines mimic the design that features in the lighting of the vehicle.

Nineteen-inch wheels are available.

Specifics for the U.S. market version of the car will be revealed closer to its arrival stateside. Until then, we’ll have to make do with what is already confirmed.

The 2020 Electrified G80 offers an estimated maximum range per charge of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) as measured using Korean EV certification. However, the company estimates far less range, just 427 kilometers (265 miles). That number pales in comparison to the Mercedes EQS’s 770-kilometer (478-mile) estimated range and the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus gets 402 miles of all-electric range.

Charging happens at a rate of up to 350 kilowatts, getting from 10 to 80 percent of a charge in just 22 minutes.

Every Electrified G80 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Drivers who put the throttle down can get from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds when the car is in its Sport driving mode.

Drivers can connect or disconnect motor and drive shaft based on different driving conditions, enabling the car to switch from rear- to all-wheel drive on demand, and enabling fuel savings when desired.

Genesis has given the car Active Noise Control – Road, a feature that was first available on the GV80. There’s also Electronic Control Suspension with Road Preview tech, which reads the road ahead and adjusts the suspension accordingly ahead of the vehicle encountering a disturbance.

The Electrified G80 also provides a V2L (Vehicle to Load) feature that enables customers to use 3.6 kilowatts of electric power, half of what the Ford F-150 PowerBoost’s Pro Power OnBoard delivers, making it possible to use electric appliances outside the vehicle with ease.

The cabin of the EV features recycled materials – natural dyes for leather that is upholstered on the seats, console, and rear-seat armrest; natural recycled wood trim; and recycled PET fabrics.

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