Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, fully refurbished its midsize sedan to rival its Japanese and German counterparts.
Genesis G80 Exterior
The all-new luxury G80 sports a fastback silhouette displaying the best proportions of a rear-wheel driving sedan. The latest model uses aluminum materials, making it 125 kilograms lighter compared to the second-generation model, which launched in 2016.
The luxury sedan is 4,955 millimeters long and 1,925 millimeters wide and is 15 millimeters lower. It also has a 3,010-millimeter wheelbase with a new 20-inch wheel fender and a horseshoe-shaped deck lid surface giving it a sleek, sporty and streamlined look.
The Genesis G80 repeats the carmaker’s signature over-sized crest front grille and two parallel-lined headlamps, which blends smoothly with its parabolic roofline. Genesis said that the two design elements give the brand its identity creating a dramatic impression.
Genesis G80 Interior
The luxury sedan’s interior provides a spacious cabin exemplifying the concept of “Beauty of White Space.” The cabin focuses on emptying the space rather than filling it with many buttons and switches. The dashboard has a 14.5-inch infotainment display located at the center console allowing for a minimum number of hard buttons.
An additional touch panel for the air conditioning controller further enhances the minimalist style of the interior.
Hyundai increased the rear seat area by raising the headroom by 4 millimeters and expanding the legroom by 2 millimeters. At the same time, the automaker lowered the second-row seats creating additional space.
The third-generation G80 comes with three engine options, 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline, 3.5-liter turbocharged gasoline, and 2.2-liter diesel.
The 2.5 turbo creates 304 horsepower with 43 kilogram-meters of torque. The 3.5-turbo generates a maximum of 380 horsepower with 54 kilogram-meters of torque. Lastly, the 2.2-liter diesel provides up to 210 horsepower and 45 kilogram-meters of torque.
Genesis reported that it equipped all engine options for the new sedan with a torque converter and a centrifugal pendulum absorber. The absorber reduces the engine’s torsional vibration by creating a counter vibration.
Infotainment System and Safety Features
The G80’s high-tech infotainment system features home connect, digital key, Genesis car-pay, dual monitor in the passenger seat, and valet parking mode.
Safety features include smart cruise control, multi-collision brake, pre-active safety seat, and highway driving assist.
The new G80 model’s price starts from 52.4 million won ($42,780) for the 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine model, 59 million won ($47,829) for the 3.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine model, and 54.9 million won ($44,505) for the 2.2-liter diesel engine model.
Since the launch of Genesis as a luxury brand of Hyundai in 2015, it expanded its vehicle lineup by introducing its first sport utility vehicle (SUV) GV80 last January. The car manufacturer said it would also add an electric vehicle and compact SUV model by next year.