Ever wonder how styling cues and details from a Sport Utility Vehicle would look like when used on another type of vehicle, say a sedan? It may tend to look rather odd, don’t you think since the two are obviously different in terms of size and overall character.
Well, the Genesis brand, Hyundai’s luxury division, seems to think otherwise as it gives us the latest-generation G80 sports sedan with a whole load of styling features taken from the recently-unveiled GV80 premium SUV.
Debuting today, the new G80’s most prominent similarity with its GV80 SUV cousin is the quad headlight fixture that not only ties it in with the new breed of Genesis but also suggests a new family face. This is complemented by the same shield shaped grille, with the Genesis logo sitting proudly up top and silver lines on the corners. Again, these come from the GV80.
Moving over to the side, a few more GV80 styling elements come into play. You’ve got the 20-inch alloys, the dual turn signal light clusters right behind the front wheel wells, and the character line that connect the headlamps to the taillights.
Step inside and more of the GV80 can be seen in things like the massive 14.5-inch infotainment display, as well as the 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster interface. The former can be controlled by the brand’s Touch and Write system and features the now en vogue Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mobile device connectivity. About the only thing that isn’t a GV80 carryover is the four-spoke steering wheel.
The new Genesis G80 also gets a trio of turbocharged engines that range from a base 2.5-liter inline-4 that produces 300 bhp and 311 lb-ft of torque, moving up to a 3.5-liter V6 that’s good for 375 bhp and 391 lb-ft of torque. There is also a 2.2-liter inline-4 diesel that puts out 207 bhp.
As impressive as these numbers are on paper, Genesis did take the time to help ensure that they will translate into driving performance in the real world. The new model is around 110 kg lighter, thanks to 19 percent of construction made up of aluminum. The new rear-wheel drive platform also has a lower center of gravity for improved handling, along with a wider cabin for more passenger space.
There are also tons of new tech that provide comfort, well-being, safety, and even a bit of convenience for passengers. These come in the form of the double-filter climate control system that ensure only the cleanest air flows inside the cabin, an infotainment system that lets rear passengers receive their own media vis-a-vis those being seen or heard by the front occupants, and a slew of active and passive safety equipment
In addition to the now usual automatic emergency braking and lane departure collision avoidance systems, the G80s safety suite uses the latest in radar and camera technology to not only detect obstacles on the road or in one’s blind spot, but likewise intervene in order to avoid a mishap. The adaptive cruise control even utilizes Machine Learning to study the driver’s driving habits to ensure a safe drive. (assuming, of course, that the driver is indeed a sfe and smart one behind the wheel)
The Genesis G80 goes on sale in South Korea beginning today and in other markets later this year.