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2022 Genesis G80 detailed: Electrified Korean Mercedes EQS rival set to arrive in Australia within 12 months

Korean upstart, Genesis, is set to bring its first electric car to Australia by 2022.

Hyundai’s premium arm, Genesis, has used the Shanghai motor show to reveal a fully electric version of its G80 flagship limousine. It is the first time the brand has revealed a product outside of its home market of Korea.

Dubbed the Electrified G80, the EV limo is the brand’s first fully electric model and will have “more than 500km range” on the NEDC cycle, available exclusively as an all-wheel drive.

Dual 136kW electric motors will drive the Electrified G80, with a total output of 272kW/700Nm, good for a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 4.9 seconds. It will also feature a torque vectoring system, allowing it to switch on the fly between 2WD and AWD to increase efficiency. Genesis has not yet offered more detailed specification, like battery capacity, although says the Electrified G80 will be able to charge from 10 – 80 per cent in just 22 minutes at 350kW.

Sporting near-identical looks to its combustion counterpart, the G80’s design features a blocked-out version of the brand’s giant grille, as well as unique alloy wheels. The brand says the Electrified variant will be available in the unique blue colour as pictured, and with a dark green two-tone interior colour option.

The changes to the G80's design are minimal for this electric version. The changes to the G80's design are minimal for this electric version.

Genesis says it has effectively employed active noise cancelling using the car’s stereo system to make the cabin much quieter. It will also feature electronically controlled suspension components which will work in tandem with the front-facing camera arrays to pre-prepare the ride for incoming road imperfections. A similar system is employed on high-end Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Some features unique to the G80 include extensive use of recycled materials to make up its interior trims, and a solar charging roof.

The G80 also features an 800V charging system, allowing a maximum charge input of 350kW. Like the incoming Ioniq 5, the Electrified G80 also features a vehicle-to-load system with an output of 3.6kW, allowing the G80 to fully power electric devices both in and outside the vehicle.

The Electrified G80 will feature a noise-cancelling system to enhance cabin ambiance. The Electrified G80 will feature a noise-cancelling system to enhance cabin ambiance.

While the Genesis Electrified G80 will debut for the Chinese market, where the brand’s electrification efforts are focused, an Australian launch for its electric flagship is confirmed for “early 2022”.

The Electrified G80 reveal comes shortly after the first showing of the Genesis X electric GT concept car which could point to a future Audi e-Tron rival using the Hyundai Group’s EV-only e-GMP underpinnings. The Electrified G80 will reside on the combustion car’s current platform, however a Genesis interpretation of the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 is expected to be imminent.

Next up for the Korean luxury upstart in Australia is the GV70 mid-size SUV, and the facelifted G70 sedan on which it is based, both of which are set to arrive before the end of Q2.