Luxury automaker Genesis has made waves in the automotive world with the announcement of legendary racer Jacky Ickx joining its team, signaling a strategic move to revitalize the brand. However, during the presentation, keen observers noticed what appears to be a glimpse of the facelifted version of the GV60 electric SUV, inadvertently leaked by the brand. If confirmed, the subtle yet effective changes showcased in the leaked images could further align the GV60 with the Genesis family aesthetic.
Despite being relatively recent to the market, the GV60 has enjoyed modest success since its launch a few years ago. Positioned alongside its Kia and Hyundai counterparts, the GV60 boasts similar technological underpinnings but distinguishes itself with a range of luxury features and a refined driving experience.
Speculation surrounding the leaked images stems from a since-deleted video featuring Jacky Ickx's introduction to the Genesis team, wherein an updated GV60 adorned with a tag labeled “JW F/L” was visible. Notably, “JW” corresponds to Genesis' internal codename for the electric SUV, leaving little doubt about the vehicle's identity.
Details gleaned from the images suggest subtle revisions to the GV60's front end design, with a focus on refining the distinctive fishnet grille treatment seen across Genesis models. Notable changes include larger vertical intake strakes flanking a new trapezoidal grille design, adorned with a small wide oval at its center.
While the leaked images primarily highlight cosmetic alterations, observations indicate continuity in the GV60's overall silhouette and rear lighting signature, consistent with Genesis' design language. Notably absent in the images are physical wing mirrors, typical of U.S. spec models.
Uncertainty looms over potential updates to the GV60's powertrain and the timeline for its official debut. However, with its inadvertent appearance in the presentation video, speculation suggests a potential unveiling later this year, possibly arriving in North America within the next 12 months as a 2025 or 2026 model year vehicle.