The Genesis GV80 luxurious crossover SUV has been noticed testing on public roads in prototype type.
The primary of two new SUVs due from Hyundai’s upmarket Genesis model within the subsequent couple years, the GV80 shall be a mid-size car concentrating on the BMW X5. It’s anticipated to achieve showrooms in late 2019, possible as a 2020 mannequin, and a smaller GV70 SUV aimed on the BMW X3 will path it by a few 12 months.
Beforehand, we noticed engineers in take a look at mules that featured the brand new mechanicals hidden beneath the makeshift our bodies of cobbled-together Hyundai Santa Fes. Modifications made to the Santa Fe physique indicated the Genesis GV80 could be an extended and wider car, and it turned out to be simply that in prototype type.
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As the latest spy pictures and video present, it is clear the GV80 will look similar to the Genesis GV80 idea revealed on the 2017 New York Worldwide Auto Present. It is anticipated to hold the idea’s title into manufacturing, in addition to the sharp design. The G represents the Genesis model whereas the V is for the flexibility of an SUV. The 80 positions the SUV alongside the mid-size G80 sedan close to the highest of Genesis’ lineup.
Anticipate the GV80’s last design to be muscular and imposing, no less than if the strains of the GV80 idea and prototype are something to go by. The hints of Bentley should not come as a shock as Genesis’ design chief Luc Donckerwolke beforehand had the identical position at Bentley.
The most recent images present the inside, nicely, a few of it. Draped with tarps to disguise the design and know-how, little might be seen. Nevertheless, we are able to make out a pair of spherical dials on the middle console that at the beginning appear to be BMW iDrive-style controllers, however then seem to recess and will have a show on their faces.
2020 Genesis GV80 spy pictures
We have seen the luxurious inside of the 2020 G90, and the GV80 ought to take cues from that cabin. Nevertheless, these controllers seem to have a distinct design and so does the steering wheel. Nonetheless, we are able to count on plenty of leather-based, a big infotainment display, and open-pore wooden.
It is not clear what platform Genesis plans for its SUV. One chance is a stretched model of the Santa Fe’s platform or that of the brand new three-row Palisade, however the brief entrance overhang and lengthy dash-to-axle ratio lead us to consider it is a rear-wheel-drive structure, maybe the G80 sedan’s platform. All-wheel drive would positively be an choice as it’s on the G80 sedan. The rear-drive underpinnings would assist to additional differentiate Genesis’ lineup from Hyundai’s.
Genesis is already going to the difficulty of launching a devoted supplier community to separate itself from its father or mother, so distinctive platforms would additionally make sense.
Genesis GV80 idea, 2017 New York auto present
A doc hooked up to a window of one of many early, cobbled-together take a look at mules hinted new Three.5-liter V-6 may very well be in improvement. The doc additionally indicated that the take a look at mule was fitted with an automated transmission and all-wheel drive. The 365-horsepower turbocharged Three.Three-liter V-6 within the G70 and G80 is also within the playing cards. We additionally count on a plug-in hybrid choice to type a part of the powertrain equation at Genesis sooner or later.
Having chosen to deal with sedans to this point, Genesis has been caught out by the buyer shift to SUVs within the U.S. With SUVs at the moment outselling sedans, the GV80 cannot come quickly sufficient. Nonetheless, it will not have a simple time available on the market as BMW and Mercedes-Benz launched redesigns of their rival X5 and GLE SUVs in 2018.
Keep tuned for updates as improvement continues.