Just a few weeks ago, Genesis previewed their all-new G80 but didn't really reveal much about it. For starters, there were no interior photos, no other angles of the exterior, and they didn't even mention what engines it will have. Now, you can wonder no more as Hyundai's luxury division has laid it all down.
We now have a better look of its sleeker, more coupe-like exterior. The front end of the new luxury sedan takes cues from the flagship G90, as well as the GV80 crossover. There's a huge hexagonal grill taking center stage at the front, flanked by split headlights on each side. With three cars in the range sporting that look, expect more Genesis cars and crossovers to adapt that look in the coming years.
To give it an even sleeker look, Genesis had blacked out the door pillars to give the illusion of a hardtop design. In tune with the elegant theme, there are no sudden creases and sharp angles on the flanks. It simply has two strong character lines that run from the fenders to the doors, all the way to the rear quarter panel.
At the rear, there's a sloping trunk lid which kicks upwards at the tail end, along with tail lights that have the same split design as the front. A strip of chrome runs the width of the trunk, emulating the Genesis 'wing' badge. Last but not least are the dual exhaust finishers which reference the hexagonal grille of the car. Genesis calls it the Crest Grill design.
Inside, it adapts a wraparound cockpit which sees the door panels seamlessly integrating with the top of the dashboard. Its double-layer dash, on the other hand, has little in the way of sharp angles, employing gentle curves instead. Right in the middle is one of the widest infotainment screens available out there, measuring in at 14.5 inches. Instrumentation comes courtesy of a fully digital display and, as one would expect in a luxury vehicle, wood and leather are strewn all over the cabin.
The G80 is also packed with tech. It features semi-autonomous driving, as well as semi-autonomous parking. The car can also be controlled remotely from the smart key, handy if you need to get the car out of a tight space. Also, the rear displays of the G80 can be controlled individually and by touch. Other tech and safety features include Pre Active Safety Seat, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and 10 airbags.
There are three engine options for the all-new G80 consisting of two turbocharged gas mills and one turbodiesel. The base engine is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder that's good for 304 PS and 421 Nm of torque. Top-spec models, on the other hand, use a 3.5-liter V6 and that puts out 380 PS and 530 Nm of torque. As for the turbodiesel, it makes 210 PS and 441 Nm of torque from its 2.2-liter engine. If the specs sound familiar, that's because it's the same one used in the Santa Fe, albeit with a little more power and the same torque figure. Rear-wheel drive is the standard configuration with an all-wheel-drive being an option.
The 2020 Genesis G80 with its stunning looks and impressive spec sheet will be going against heavyweight German contenders such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It looks like we'll see some interesting comparisons once life goes back to normal.
Sadly, Genesis isn't available in the Philippine market although there were plans to bring it here. When we spoke to Maria Fe Perez-Agudo, President and CEO of Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) back in October of 2018, she did say that it might take a while before that plan comes to fruition. Here's to hoping it will all fall into place eventually.