Over the next 2 years, two new products from the luxury Genesis brand – the GV80 and GV70 – will enter the market. They will compete with the BMW X5 and X3, respectively.
Tests of the mid-size GV80 crossover are in full swing. A prototype has been recently seen on public roads. It is longer and wider than the Hyundai Santa Fe and is similar to the same-named concept (pictured) unveiled at the New York Auto Show in 2017.
Exterior and interior
The production version will have the same name and muscular design. “G” means Genesis, “V” – versatile, “80” – a position near the top of Genesis lineup.
A certain resemblance to Bentley is explained by the fact that the chief designer of Genesis previously worked in that company.
The GV80’s interior elements may carry over from the 2020 Genesis G90. Expect a large infotainment screen, upscale leather and wood trim.
By some cues, we can assume the GV80 is built on the rear-wheel drive architecture of the Genesis G80 sedan. Own platforms are important for Genesis to differentiate from the parent Hyundai.
An all-wheel drive version will likely arrive too.
On one of the early mules a new 3.5-liter V6 engine was tested, as well as an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. A 3.3-liter 6-cylinder 365-hp motor from the G70 and G80 and a plug-in hybrid modification will be also available, we believe.
Previously focused on sedans, Genesis is shifting to SUVs in the USA. This is a competitive segment, and it won’t be easy for the Korean brand to battle BMW and Mercedes-Benz with their X5 and GLE.