Genesis’s first electric car is an SUV codenamed JW EV [Update]

Update 2: First spy shots revealing the Genesis JW with virtual mirrors (optional fitment) like the Audi e-tron and Honda e have surfaced online, courtesy blog.naver.com user OGDA (osh1605). These pictures also fully reveal the headlamp design of the new electric SUV that gets individual LED pods.

20 August 2020

Update 1: Clearest spy pictures of the Genesis JW EV to the date have surfaced online, courtesy blog.naver.com user soonjung8116. The images reveal the sloping roofline and short overhangs of the electric car. Head over to the source link to view all the new images.

Genesis JW EV spy picture

8 August 2020

Genesis, the luxury arm of Hyundai, has been unveiling new products from the beginning of 2020 and now the brand’s first EV, codenamed JW EV electric SUV, scheduled for launch in 2021, pops up on the web through a set of spy images. The prototype identification tag stuck to the glass serves as confirmation.

Genesis is developing the JW EV on parent company Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (e-GMP). The vehicle has a hatchback-like profile for enhanced aerodynamics and should come with wheel air curtains, rear spoiler and diffuser, floor undercover and a closed-wheel design for maximizing the travel range.

Reports in the past said that Genesis is planning to sell 22,000 units of the electric SUV per year with commercial production set to start in June 2021. Apart from the platform, no other details are available but guided by the promises made for the Kia CV/Kia Imagine (another model on the e-GMP), a range of 500 km and 80 per cent charging in 20 minutes (through a 350 kW charger) are expected on the Genesis electric SUV. The JW EV is expected to take on the likes of Tesla Model Y, Mercedes EQC and Audi e-tron. Given the brand’s values, we can expect Genesis to load up the JW EV to the tooth with the latest tech and features. The spy shot below, courtesy bobaedream.co.kr, confirms that a 4WD variant of the Genesis JW is under development.

Genesis JW 4WD spec card
The Genesis JW will likely come in both 2WD and 4WD configurations.

Towards the end of January 2020, reports said Genesis had planned three new SUVs, and the brand confirmed the complete lineup in a video released to detail the Genesis G80. Genesis had just launched its first SUV, the GV80, which is built on an entirely new rear-wheel-drive platform called M8. Following the GV80, the company is planning a smaller GV70 crossover that will get its own platform that will also be a rear-wheel-drive one. The third SUV is the all-electric JW EV that we are talking about, which does not feature in the teaser.

The JW EV is part of Hyundai Group’s (Hyundai, Kia and Genesis) plan of new EVs in the first part of the new decade. At the beginning of 2020, Hyundai’s Executive Vice Chairman Euisun Chung announced that the group would be investing more than $87 billion in the development of 23 EVs by the year 2025.

Genesis brand upcoming models
The GV80 (left) and the GV70 are the first two SUVs for Genesis, which is to be followed by the pure-electric SUV.

The e-GMP architecture development will help Hyundai to reduce costs by enabling components sharing between models and through high production flexibility. The platform also will be equipped with the world’s first integrated drive axle (IDA) technology for a more stable and quieter driving experience.