The Genesis Electrified G80: Gracefully Going Full-EV.

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Korean automaker Hyundai has chosen its Genesis G80 to go electric. And they’ve kept the same gorgeous styling and performance.
From a virtual standing start, Genesis has announced the Electrified G80 — and while many automakers choose to redesign their electric versions of existing models (I.e., the Ford Mach E and the BMW iX), the G80 is almost identical to the gasoline-powered model. Same super-luxury interior, same sleek exterior — minus the exhaust pipes and — and with the addition of chrome backing in the mesh of its grille, hiding the charge port. Genesis has not announced many details about the car’s powertrain except that all-wheel drive will be standard. Genesis states that the G80 hits 60 mph in only 4.9 seconds, a tenth of a second better than the next quickest G80 with a reported range of around 265 miles per charge.
Genesis Motors, the luxury vehicle division of the Hyundai Motor Group, initially envisioned along with the plan for Hyundai’s new luxury sedan Hyundai Genesis in 2004, the Genesis brand was officially announced as a standalone marque on 4 November 2015.

All Electrified G80s will be all-wheel drive (AWD), but this big Korean electric luxury sedan is also aided by a system that automatically disconnects drive to the front wheels for added efficiency.

The Electrified G80 is the first of several Genesis EVs in the pipeline, and if the Genesis G80 is any indication, we’ll be seeing them very soon.

Inside, the new Electrified G80 also looks much like the standard G80, but many of the materials have been chosen with sustainability in mind. The seats, center console, and armrests are covered in naturally dyed leather. The wood trim starts as pieces salvaged from furniture makers.

While the chassis of the new Electrified G80 is related to that of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, it’s a much larger vehicle. Genesis claims that the battery can be raised from a 10% charge to an 80% charge in only 22 minutes, provided you’re using a 350-kWh Level 3 fast charger. and of course, the setup also allows the electric G80 to be used to power other devices.

The 2022 Genesis Electrified G80 also has active noise cancellation. The system dramatically reduces interior noise levels by measuring them with various sensors and then simultaneously creating soundwaves of the opposite frequency.

Electronically controlled adaptive suspension also is standard. It uses a camera to monitor the road and is tuned to give the new Electrified G80 a smooth ride in all conditions.

2022 Genesis Electrified G80 Pricing

From all indications, the Genesis Electrified G80 to be priced at approximately $60,000 when it arrives in late 2021 as a 2022 model.

For the record, a 2021 Genesis G80, equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, starts at $47,700. The top 2021 G80, the 3.5T, ranges from $59,100 to $65,100.

Exterior Styling

The Genesis Electrified G80 looks much like a standard G80 — and it even has the same “Athletic Elegance” design — the electric version does have some differentiating elements. Most notably, the Genesis Crest Grille has evolved into an aerodynamic design featuring an inverted G-Matrix pattern that emphasizes the Electrified G80’s emphasis on sustainability.

An amazing effort by Genesis to enter the EV market (for early 2022) with a winning design and loads of tech and carbuilding experience. The G80 isn’t cheap, but it offers a full luxury ride and, from all reports, a powerful, capable EV that rivals many of the current rop of competitors.

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