The Genesis GV60 is a futuristic small luxury crossover with exciting and impressive quirks and features that distinguish it from every other EV on sale. According to Car and Driver, it is Genesis’s first EV, which ranks number two out of six other EVs, including the BMW iX, Rivian R1S, and Mercedes Benz EQB.
The GV60 comes in two trims; Performance (which has a starting price of $68,985) and Advanced (which has a starting price of $59,985). The former comes with two electric motors that produce a maximum of 483 horsepower, and the latter produces only 314 horsepower.
The Advanced model has about a 250-mile range, while the Performance model has about 235 miles. Both versions come standard with all-wheel-drive. Charge time is also impressive; Genesis says you can charge from 10 to 80 in 18 minutes if you find the right charger.
To find this article, you want to know about the Genesis GV60’s interesting quirks and features. So, keep reading for more information.
Overview of the Genesis GV60
The GV60 competes with other impressive and luxury EVs such as the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Tesla Model and Model 3, Audi Q4 e-Tron, etc. Although, its detailed styling and eye-catching design set it apart from these other options.
The GV60 styling is similar to other Genesis models, but one significant difference is that it does not have a large grille that stretches between the dual-element headlamps. Instead, it has a slimmer grille across the front bumper.
It is based on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6, new electric crossovers but a luxury version. The initial rollout of the GV60 will only be in four states (California and New York) before it goes national.
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Interesting Quirks and Features (Performance Model)
When you lock the GV60, the door handles fold in, showing that it is locked, which is typical for every EV. But the bizarre feature here is that you can unlock your car without the key. All you need to do is face the GV60, look into a specific area, tap the door handle, and then unlock your car.
This is possible due to a little sensor on the car’s side, a facial recognition sensor. You can program your face to be recognized by the vehicle and use that to open and lock the car if you do not have your key.
You also do not need your key to drive the GV60; tap the little circle (a fingerprint scanner) on the center console so the car will detect your fingerprint. Then you can successfully turn on the car by pressing the start button. Your body is the key, which is a cool futuristic touch in this vehicle.
The Gear Selector
Another interesting quirk in the GV60 is the gear selector; it is designed as some sort of orb in the middle with RND written above. When you start the GV60, the orb will flip into an actual gear selector.
You can move the piece into R or D by twisting it and park the vehicle by pressing the little button in the middle. When you turn off your car, the orb will flip back into place, which is pretty cool.
The Steering Wheel
A yellow button on the steering wheel marked Boost allows you to get more horsepower than the 429 it produces. Push that button, and the horsepower temporarily goes up to 483.
This is a fantastic and impressive feature, giving extra power for about ten seconds. When the GV60 is in its boost mode, it can do 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds.
The center console in the GV60 looks fairly standard, but beneath it, a hole is opened from the backseat to the center of the car. This is pretty unusual but can be used as a storage area.
There are other unusual storage areas in the GV60, such as the glove box, which is just a tray in which you can put stuff. When it comes to unusual, the trim in the GV60 can be classified as one. It is somewhat a reflective material used on the seats and door panel.
The power mirror control is different from most vehicles; it almost looks like a video game controller because you wrap your arm around the handle and use your thumb to control it. There is a speaker on the same spot on the passenger’s side.
There is a voice in the GV60 activated when you do something wrong. For example, the voice will let you know if you leave the window open and walk out of the car.
Smart posture care is an interesting technology-based feature in the GV60 that can be accessed in the infotainment system. You enter your body’s dimensions (weight, height), and the car will recommend a seating position suitable for your posture. You do not need to adjust the seat yourself.
The 3D setup is another feature that allows you to change your car’s settings easily. It does this by showing an image of the vehicle, and then you can tap on what exactly you want to change.
The center infotainment screen is responsive and very easy to operate with an excellent camera system. The major drawback of this infotainment screen is that it does not have an informative home screen.
There is a little screen below the center screen for your climate controls. It is also easy to use and very responsive. The final screen in the GV60 is the driver’s gauge cluster screen. Although it is relatively configurable, there is not much information on the screen. You can adjust the info panel using a little touchpad on the steering wheel.
The back of the GV60 is pretty spacious for a tiny vehicle of 177 inches (it is considerably shorter than a Honda CRV). This is possible because the GV60 does not have an engine in front, so they can move the wheels out in the car, giving more space in the passenger compartment.
It has exciting quirks and features, such as a cup holder on the door panel and a built-in sunshade. There is also access to heated rear seats, USB-C ports, and a household-style power outlet located at the base of the rear seats.
The rear passengers can control the position of the front passenger’s seats through the little switches on the side of the front passenger seat.
The cargo space is pretty sufficient on the floor, but due to the sloping roofline, you cannot put large items in the cargo area. There is more cargo space underneath the floor; you can access this by lifting up a little handle. Or, you can remove the floor entirely.
There are some strange design details in the GV60; the trim on the side, which makes a jagged pattern, a rear spoiler that bisects the lower part of the rear glass, the third brake light which is on the rear spoiler, and the front trunk which you can access by pulling a latch in the driver’s footwell.
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