2023 Genesis GV60: Gadgets on Wheels

New entrants to an established industry like the automotive space have to go further to make a long lasting and strong first impression. When Korean luxury brand Genesis emerged six years ago, it flaunted quality on par with the German standard maker, but at a price that made car buyers drool. However, good value isn’t the only thing that Genesis has, as it’s now shifting to electric vehicles loaded with cool tech.

We got our hands on the new all-electric 2023 Genesis GV60, which features plenty of brow-lifting technology. Whether it’s a convenient or helpful driving aid or just a gimmick, the truth is that Genesis is stocking its new EV with all sorts of goodies for technicians to enjoy.

Digital and Biometric Buttons

If you’re ready to ditch your physical keys, the GV60 has several options. A proper smartphone or wearable device allows the use of a Digital Lock.

Genesis is the luxury vehicle division of the South Korean giant Hyundai Motor Company

Currently, only Samsung and Apple devices with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) features are compatible with the Digital Key feature, which allows you to leave your physical key behind and use your device to unlock, lock, and start the car. .

You can even share digital keys with friends or family with the Digital Key phone app. So far, only BMW and very few Kia and Hyundai models support the Digital Key, making this feature feel quite innovative.

Speaking of smartphone technology, the GV60 borrows another set of features from the latest flagship handheld: biometric identification. Like your smartphone, this vehicle is equipped with a facial recognition camera placed on the outside of the B-pillar.

After setup, walk to the car and it will unlock the door if it recognizes your face. There is also an in-vehicle fingerprint reader, next to the infotainment controller. Using this, you can start the car with your finger; no key required!

The biometric feature can also bind your finger or face data to a user profile in the car to automatically change radio presets and seat position for each registered user. Usually, this is done using the seat memory button, but come on, it’s not that cool.

Connected Features

Even if you don’t have a supported phone for digital locks, Genesis has a connect service and a phone app that uses your phone’s cellular network to remotely lock and unlock your car. It may not be suitable for everyday use, but it will help provide peace of mind when you leave your parked car somewhere.

Connected features also help you find your car in the parking lot, monitor the GV60’s range, get roadside assistance, and more. It also provides over-the-air (OTA) updates to car software, updating your infotainment or navigation systems without having to visit a dealer.

Like many modern cars, the GV60 features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, although it doesn’t currently offer a wireless connection to the infotainment screen, which is disappointing. Users can connect their device to the car with a USB-C cable to use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Safe and comfortable

Safety is another very large branch of technology in the automotive industry. The Genesis GV60 is equipped with safety features such as a forward collision avoidance system that can detect pedestrians and cyclists, a blind-spot collision avoidance feature, parking collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control oriented towards highway driving, and a luxurious remote parking system.

That last item means if you have a tight parking space, you can exit before parking, and park the GV60 remotely from outside the vehicle.

Safety features are also extended to passengers. When exiting the vehicle on a busy road, the car’s blind spot monitor can detect approaching traffic or motorcyclists and lock the car door momentarily to prevent accidents.

There is also a very sensitive rear seat passenger warning. While other cars remember the order of opening and closing doors or using airbag sensors to alert you if there is a passenger in a certain seat, the GV60 has an in-car radar that can detect the slight movements of pets or children to provide a warning of something forgotten. passenger.

Users may also be concerned about the security of the biometrics and personal data mentioned above. This is all encrypted and stored on the vehicle. Only the driver can access it to delete the profile.

Filled in and Out

Since the Genesis GV60 is an electric vehicle, electric performance is a major talking point. The GV60 supports charging speeds of up to 350 kW, which, in theory, should allow it to charge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes.

You’ll need to find a DC fast charger that’s suitable and has ideal battery and charger conditions to maintain that power delivery, but if all goes to plan, the car should be able to charge up pretty quickly. When fully charged, the GV60 offers a range of between 235 and 248 miles, depending on trim level, but all models support that fast fast charging system.

But what if you want to use the EV to charge something else? Inside the vehicle, next to the rear seat, there is a 240 volt outlet, which allows you to charge your laptop or operate small appliances in the car.

This will help make things more productive during your next recharge stop. But the vehicle is also equipped with an external vehicle-to-load (V2L) function that delivers 3.6 kW of power to outdoor devices, making it ideal for campgrounds or tailgate parties.

The Technology Behind the Drive

Finally, the luxury technology in the Genesis GV60 extends to the driving experience as well. The GV60 Advanced features 314 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque driving all four wheels for a 0-60 MPH sprint in about 6 seconds.

The Performance model boosts power to 429 hp, but features a round Boost button on the steering wheel that temporarily boosts output to 483 hp and 516 lb-ft. For 10 seconds, you get the full grunt of this powertrain, allowing the vehicle to reach 60 MPH in about 4 seconds.

It’s an incredible speed, although it’s crazy that this mode lasts ten seconds – on the road, using it for five seconds is more than enough to get you into serious trouble. But if you have some personal props to play with or a skidpad, you can also take advantage of the drift mode, which will help you turn tires into smoke!

Gimmicks and gadgets don’t stop there. Since this is an EV, it is very quiet and has an active noise canceling feature to remove wind or tire noise from the cab. If you don’t like it, the vehicle has the option to play some fake engine sounds through the audio system with several options for you to choose from.

A car only needs to get you from Point A to Point B, preferably in a safe and feasible time. But when you’re spending $58,890 (for the Advanced model) or over $67,890 for the Performance model, there needs to be something more to justify the price.

All of these technologies are unnecessary, but some of them help add a sense of opportunity to the vehicle, reduce the boredom of daily commutes, or enhance the ownership experience. This helps spread the reputation of Genesis when you show off all that stuff to your BMW, Mercedes or Audi owner friends, which will help the Korean luxury brand gain a few more followers in no time.

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