You must visit Guangzhou or Shanghai if you want to see the automobile of the future. Last week, Genesis, Hyundai’s premium brand, and Buick (that is deemed a luxury model in China) unveiled two new electric cars, one an all-wheel-drive SUV as well as a minivan from Buick, even though it is far from “tiny.”
The Genesis Electrified GV70 Genesis already produces a gasoline-powered GV70 SUV. The battery-powered version will only have dual electric motors and can race to 60 mph within 4.5 seconds in “Boost Mode,” according to the company. Charging speeds of a maximum of 350 kW are achievable, allowing the battery to be recharged from 10% to 80% capacity in under 20 minutes.
Green Car Reports claims that one of the 2 motors can be turned off under certain circumstances, presumably to boost range, but the business doesn’t specify which one. The car also incorporates the dual-mode 400/800-volt architecture featured in previous Hyundai Motor Group electric cars that use the E-GMP chassis, according to GCR.
The electric version appears nearly identical to the gas-powered predecessor, with the exception of a new grille and a reworked rear tray that lacks exhaust openings. The style is lauded by Autoblog, but the falling character line at the back of the car seems out of place. In fact, everything after the rear doors appears to be a shambles from the side. Most manufacturers now have similar lines that appear to start and end at random, but we expect more from Genesis, which benefits from Hyundai’s generally strong design team.
According to Autoweek, the Electrified does sport the Preview Electronic Control Suspension from upscale GV80. It utilizes a camera to gather data about the path ahead, then adjusts the dampers automatically to deliver the smoothest ride feasibly. The Electrified GV70 also has an active noise-canceling system as well as a 3.6 kW vehicle-to-load capability, which allows the user to use the car’s traction battery to power a variety of domestic appliances and other electric devices.
According to GCR, the automobile will undoubtedly come to America and may even be manufactured there. Without a doubt, the ultimate configuration of the government’s EV rebate policies will influence the final decision on where the car will be built.
Buick GL8 Flagship Concept
Buick also unveiled its GL8 Flagship Concept at the Guangzhou exhibition. If you thought the GV70’s look was a little strange, the GL8 is even more so. It appears, like many modern minivan designs, that two independent concepts were bunched up together by a committee. It also has a grille which might make a BWM iX pale.
“With its combination of colors, wing-shaped headlamps, glass canopy roof, and finely sculpted body, the exterior is designed to be luxury and ‘dynamic’ looking,” according to Autoblog. There isn’t a single item on the car that doesn’t stand out, and the highlights don’t stop when you open the doors. “There are 4 seats inside, which have a design of zero gravity lounge-style,” Autoblog writes. The multi-colored floor could be explained by the fact that the cabin is influenced by Chinese mountain and river scenery.
A tea tray, a touchscreen which is on the steering wheel, a 30-inch driver display, a heads-up display which spans the full windshield, and a new music system with speakers in the headrests are among the highlights. [The Mazda Miata was the first to do so 30 years ago.] All of the car’s functionality, according to Buick, can be operated using voice commands.