Genesis brings three E-models to Europe

Genesis brings three E-models to Europe

Hyundai's luxury Genesis brand has announced details of its European debut this year. The official sales launch for Germany, Switzerland and the UK is scheduled for the summer - initially with combustion models, but with three pure electric models to follow from the end of 2021.

First, the BEV version of the G80 luxury sedan, recently unveiled as the Electrified G80, and then two more electric models - one of which will be on an all-EV platform. The latter is believed to be the Genesis GV60, which, like the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, will be based on the company's own 800-volt E-GMP platform. However, the Koreans are yet to reveal more details about the presumed E-GMP model and the second BEV, which will be based on a hybrid platform. There are reports that it could be the GV80 SUV, which is related to the G80.

The market launch is to be with the combustion engine version of the G80 and GV80, shortly after which the somewhat smaller G70 and GV70 models are to be available to order. In addition, as a "clear commitment to the region", there is to be a model developed specifically for the European market this year - according to "Auto, Motor und Sport", this is to be a sporty estate version of the G70. All combustion engine models are also to be retuned at Hyundai's European development centre in Rüsselsheim.

Genesis was once a model name for a luxury sedan sold under the Hyundai brand - in the meantime, the Hyundai Genesis was officially available for purchase in Germany as well. Five years ago, Genesis was then built up into its own premium brand.