New for 2020: Genesis has pulled the wraps off its first ever SUV, the GV80. The company had teased its mid-size luxury competitor just a week ago. The SUV has debuted in the Korean Spec only for now. The US reveal will be held at the end of January 2020.
The GV80 continues the “Athletic Elegance” design language Genesis showed off on the 2017 concept of the same name. That translates to a bold diamond-shaped grille up front, with unique, bisected headlights flanking it. It’s a big rig, the GV80, but the gently curving character line along the flanks gives it a more graceful and less aggressive stance. It is built on a Genesis specific platform which will also underpin the next-gen G80 sedan.
The cabin is as you would expect from a luxury brand and something even the Germans would take note of. Staples like leather and real wood abound inside. The interior design is minimalist, with the vents integrated into the dash for a clean look. It also features a 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with a writing pad for the navigation for people who prefer longhand instead of pressing on a screen.
Genesis has debuted the GV80 with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel in the Korean market. The output stands at 273 hp and 433 lb-ft. This engine however will not be coming to the US and we will get two gasoline engines instead. One will be the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder possibly pushing out 290 hp and a modified version of the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 also used by Kia and Hyundai will likely power the GV80 as well. It will come with rear-wheel-drive as standard while AWD will be an optional extra. Speaking of optional extras, the GV80 will feature two-row seating as standard and the third row will be an optional extra.
There is no clarity on the pricing yet but Genesis price tags tend to undercut the competition, so we expect pricing to start at roughly $55,000 when equipped with the turbo engine, rising to about $70k for a fully-specced V6.
Genesis GV80 Features
The GV80 will feature the 14.5-inch split-screen infotainment system. It will also come equipped with handwriting recognition for the navigation system. It will also feature augmented reality navigation where cameras upfront will stream the feed to the screen which will have a virtual path for greater accuracy. It will also come with an ‘active motion driver’s seat’ which is likely designed to reduce fatigue by countering the affects of g-forces while cornering. The mid-size SUV will also come with front and second row heated and ventilated seats.
The Genesis GV80 also boasts of something called the ‘Road Active Noise Cancellation’ which generates sound waves to counter road noise and help make the cabin quieter.
The GV80 also has an impressive list of standard safety features that are likely to make their way to the US market as well. It gets smart cruise control with machine learning which claims to adapt and improvise the system depending on how the driver drives. Other features include common active driver aids like blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic detection, and driver attention alert warning.
|Engine /||2.5L 4-cyl/ 3.3L V6T (est)|
|Horsepower (hp) /||290 / 390 (est)|
|Torque (lb-ft) /||268 / 379 (est)|
|Transmission /||8-speed AT (est)|
|Drivetrain /||RWD / AWD|
|Fuel Economy /||NA|
|Price (USD) /||$55,000 – $70,000|