Although auto shows are being cancelled left & right due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some auto manufacturers are still unveiling their new models. Earlier in the year, Genesis unveiled their first SUV, the GV80, and now it has unveiled the updated G80 sedan.
The exterior design of the all-new Genesis G80 takes a lot of inspiration from the GV80 SUV. It features similar headlights, turn signals, diamond-like grille, and rear taillights. The almost coupe-like design is accented by what Genesis calls “the Parabolic Line” which extends from the front headlights to the rear taillights.
The interior design is more of the same as the GV80 SUV. A 14.5-inch infotainment screen is the main attraction of the dashboard with vents just below it. The driver has a 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster to look at through the unique 4-spoke steering wheel. Leather and open pore wood trim complete the overall interior design of the Genesis G80.
Under the hood of the G80, two new engines will be offered. A base 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 304 hp & 311 lb-ft of torque and an optional 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 producing 380 hp & 391 lb-ft of torque. Sadly the V8 option of the old G80 is gone. Genesis doesn’t mention what transmission will be available with the engines but a good guess would be the same 8-speed automatic that was announced with the reveal of the GV80 SUV.
Expect to see a lot of the same convenience and safety features in this new Genesis G80 as found in other Hyundai/Genesis products. One of these is the Remote Smart Parking Assistance which is also found in the Hyundai Nexo. This system helps move the vehicle forward or backwards out of a tight perpendicular parking spot with just the remote, making it easier to get in and out of the vehicle without dinging the car doors.
Production is set to start in a few months with deliveries in the second half of the year.