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Who said sedans were dead? The 2023 Genesis G80 Electrified, tested

Who said sedans were dead?  The 2023 Genesis G80 Electrified, tested
enlarge / The Genesis G80 is a fine medium-sized luxury sedan and now there is a fully electric battery-powered variant.

Jonathan Gitlin

Recently, Ars tested the new Genesis GV60, a sharp little electric crossover. While that car was Genesis’ first EV to use the brand new E-GMP platform, it is technically the brand’s second EV. That’s because there’s also a fully battery-electric version of the Genesis G80 sedan. Dubbed the G80 Electrified, it was first shown in Shanghai last year, but has now arrived on these shores.

The company introduced the internal combustion engine powered G80 in 2020 and it is a competent take on the midsize luxury sedan. But the platform (known internally as M3) is designed to support both combustion and electric powertrains – few automakers can afford the cost of designing an all-new ICE-only architecture, given looming regulations around the world.

As you’d expect, the G80 Electrified shares much of the same EV tech as the GV60, which impressed us. It’s a bigger, more expensive car – $79,825 plus destination fees – but manages to be even more efficient and luxurious in the process.

If you’re sensing a somewhat Bentley-esque look to the G80, you’re not alone – a side effect of the fact that some of the British brand’s design team relocated to South Korea a while ago. Genesis’ signature “two-line” design element is present and correct, with the turn signals extending to the other side of the front wheel arches, then picking up again at the rear of the car as its taillights. As an EV, the Electrified variant has less need for cooling, so instead of a large, open grille, the panel is encased in diamond plate – this undoubtedly helps the G80 Electrified achieve a drag coefficient of just 0.26.

Genesis' signature double lines appear front and rear.
enlarge / Genesis’ signature double lines appear front and rear.

Jonathan Gitlin

Lifting the hood reveals where the engineers have hidden much of the electric powertrain. There is no storage franc here, but rather the power electronics and accessories. A consequence of putting the car’s power electronics up front is the presence of the charging port in the nose, which both saves weight on cabling in the car and makes it quite easy when it’s time to charge.

There is currently only one powertrain configuration for the G80 Electrified, which combines a pair of 182-hp (136 kW) permanent magnet electric motors, one for each axle. Combined power is up to 365 hp (272 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm), powered by an 87.2 kWh (gross) lithium-ion battery pack. That’s enough for a range of at least 282 miles, according to the EPA (453 km).

Like the E-GMP EVs, the G80 Electrified also runs on 800V, allowing it to charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 22 minutes on a suitable DC fast charger. Buyers get three years of unlimited 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America stations, and based on my testing, the car uses plug-and-charge, so it’s just a matter of opening the cargo door, plugging in the car, and then remembering to get a back half an hour later. Meanwhile, a 240V, 48A AC charge should fully charge the pack in 7 hours and 22 minutes, Genesis says.