Hyundai’s upmarket division Genesis has had the focus on the sedan models so far but with the SUV sells booming the brand is now changing the course in that direction. The Genesis GV80 Concept presented at the 2017 New York Auto Show hinted the arrival of the first SUV model from the brand and the upcoming mid-size GV80 was spotted in the form which seems production ready. The model should hit the market as the 2020 Genesis GV80 and go against the established names in the industry like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE, etc. The reports indicate also that Genesis has another smaller GV70 SUV in the plan to compete in the segment with the BMW X3.
The brand’s new model should borrow sharp styling cues from the mentioned concept model while inside the cockpit we should expect a similar design as in the brand’s sedans. The engine range should also mimic the powertrain options in the sedan lineup with the possible introduction of the new V-6 unit.
2020 Genesis GV80: Design
The 2020 Genesis GV80 is still the unsolved mystery as Geneses hides details about the model while we can draw some cues from the prototype version.
First of all, it’s not known yet what platform the new Genesis SUV will use. Judging by the spy photos the model is likely based on the rear-wheel-drive architecture of the G80 sedan. Some sources suggest also the stretched Santa Fe’s platform or the unit from the new Palisade model. Still, the first scenario seems like the most probable.
On the other hand, the styling of the model seems to have inhered the sharp design cues from the Concept version. The mesh grille seems to have the similar design as on the GV80 Concept but slightly redefined proportions. The horizontal oriented headlights follow also the pattern form the concept car but with the enlarged dimensions and more conventional design.
Inside the cabin, the mid-size Genesis SUV should use similar design cues as the brand’s newest sedans. Still, the model will get a unique steering wheel and reports claim also the new controllers for the model.
The GV80 will, of course, employ the high-quality materials combined with contrasting surfaces and trim details. The latest tech will be used and advanced safety systems like adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitors, etc.
2020 Genesis GV80: Powertrains
As for the engine options, the new 3.6-liter V-6 could be in the progress and arrive with the 2020 Genesis GV80. The model will offer both rear-drive and four-wheel drive option and automatic transmission.
A 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine used in the G80 should also be the option. This engine makes 365 hp and torque of 376 lb-ft in the sedan model. Other options from the sedan a 3.8-liter V6 and potent 420 hp 5.0-liter V-8 could also be the part of the deal. The plug-in hybrid version should appear at some point.
2020 Genesis GV80: Release, Price
The 2020 Genesis GV80 should reach the showroom late in the year. Closer to the launch date more details will surface as well as the price. The model should start in the upper $60,000-range.