The plug-in hydrogen fuel cell powered SUV gives a glimpse of the brand’s first SUV model

The Genesis GV80 SUV has been shown at the New York motor show, with a new plug-in hydrogen fuel cell powertrain.

Hyundai’s upmarket sister brand Genesis hasn’t yet produced an SUV, so it’s likely that the GV80 concept gives us a glimpse at the brand’s first such production model, given the prevalence of the segment in the US and European markets. It appears that Genesis has squarely aimed the car at the same market segment as the Jaguar F-Pace, given the two cars' design-led approach and similar size.


Genesis claims that the GV80’s powertrain is similar to examples which will be used further down the line, as parent company Hyundai continues hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicle (EV) development.

Inside, ash wood has been used on the dash as well as the floor, with carpets eschewed in favour of floorboards. The dashboard is dominated by a curved 22.0in digital display, which can be used separately by the driver and passenger, and extends into the instrument cluster. Software incorporated into the system includes handwriting recognition and capacitive touch, so the touchscreen can be used with gloves on.

There are two seats in the rear of the QV80, each with an infotainment touchscreen.  

The styling of the GV80, including the spine running the length of the car, and the 23in alloy wheels, are likely to be toned down before production. However, the car carries an evolution of the brand’s current design language which is likely to make it to the next generation of Genesis models. 

Genesis hasn't revealed any more details of the plug-in hydrogen fuel cell powertrain powering the GV80, but it's likely that the concept encompasses both battery electric technology, as well as persevering with the brand's hydrogen fuel cell efforts.

Read more: 

Genesis New York Concept challenges BMW 3-Series

Hyundai Genesis review

Hyundai luxury brand Genesis set for 2018 UK debut

Genesis G80 3.3T Sport revealed in Los Angeles

2016 Hyundai Genesis G90 - specs and pictures

Our Verdict

Hyundai Santa Fé

Does this new Hyundai Santa Fe build on the recipe for success of its forebear?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out