Currently reading: 2021 Genesis G80 arrives with 375bhp turbo V6 option
Hyundai offshoot's new luxury flagship is lighter and packs more technology than its predecessor
Felix Page Autocar writer
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31 March 2020

Hyundai’s luxury arm Genesis has revealed the new third-generation version of its flagship G80 saloon, which is claimed to offer significant performance and technology upgrades over its predecessor. 

Sitting atop an all-new, bespoke rear-wheel-drive platform, the Lexus ES rival retains the long wheelbase, short overhangs and rakish, coupé-style roofline of the previous model, but bears the results of a subtle styling overhaul influenced by the brand’s GV80 SUV. 

At the front, a large, shield-shaped grille is flanked by a pair of distinctive split-cluster headlights, while the previous car’s small air intakes, positioned under each headlight, have made way for an extended lower grille that spans the width of the car. 

The brand claims the new car’s window line, which slopes more obviously towards the rear of the car than that of the outgoing G80, is inspired by iconic classic cars. A full-length chrome strip is said to strengthen ‘forward visual motion’, in the same way as various styling cues featured on parent company Hyundai’s new Prophecy concept

Larger 20in alloy wheels, dual shield-shaped exhaust tips and a prominent rear spoiler indicate the car’s performance potential, which is delivered by a choice of two turbocharged petrol engines or a 2.2-litre diesel four-cylinder, which can each be specified with rear- or all-wheel-drive. 

The most potent option, a 3.5-litre turbo V6, sends 375bhp and 391lb ft - significantly more than the outgoing car’s 3.8-litre unit - to the wheels by way of an eight-speed automatic gearbox which is standard to all models. The mid-range 2.5-litre turbo four-cylinder produces 296bhp and 311lb ft, while the diesel option puts out 207bhp and 325lb ft.  

Inside, the new G80 offers improved rear legroom and headroom, courtesy of a lowered rear bench which also allows for a more heavily raked roofline. The dashboard is dominated by a 14.5in infotainment touchscreen; Genesis says minimal use of physical buttons and switches improves the interior’s appearance and enhances ease-of-use.

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The G80’s new platform, aside from allowing for improved interior space, also lowers the body and centre of gravity for improved driving stability. It also weighs 125kg less than its predecessor, with aluminium used for around 19% of the body components. 

Safety functions featured as standard to all models include motorway driving assist, intelligent cruise control, collision avoidance assist, blind spot monitor and pre-active safety seats which automatically pull the passengers’ seat back forwards in the event of an accident to minimise injury.

There’s an emphasis on user-friendly technology, too; alongside remote parking, smartphone connectivity and handwriting recognition, the G80 offers ambient interior lighting, a pair of rear-mounted infotainment touchscreens, automated air filtering technology and a posture-correcting drivers seat.

In the South Korean market, the G80 will feature an in-car payment device which will also allow drivers to pay for things like tolls and fuel without leaving the vehicle. 

Launching initially in the brand’s home market of South Korea, the new G80 will arrive in other global markets, including North America and Russia, in the second half of this year. Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald previously told Autocar that the brand was plotting a UK launch in 2020, though this is likely to be pushed back as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

When Genesis does arrive in the UK, it is unlikely to bring the G80, as demand for large luxury saloons is not as strong here as it is in the US and the Middle East. Hyundai managed to sell just 50 examples of the original Genesis saloon in the two years it was on sale here.

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31 March 2020

If it comes here and you can find one in a couple of years time.

I was tempted by a used Skoda Superb Laurin and Klement with 272PS but the reliability of the VW mechanicals and just a 3 year warranty put me off - at least this G80 should prove more reliable and have a longer warranty.

1 April 2020

Easily the best looking mid-size sedan on the market, and the interior is lusciously sumptuous.  Genesis is on a winner with this one.

31 March 2020

What a disgusting thing. A car brand that stands for nothing at all. Copy Audi. Copy Aston. A wee shake of Mercedes. More Aston for the badge. And a wee bit of Bentley too. A bit of this and a bit of that. Absolutely zero original thought. 

A faux car for faux people. Yuck!

 

31 March 2020

I see Mercedes, Audi,and Vauxhall, any more?, I'm not saying it's bad, I'm saying there's nothing  new, different, have the styling department run out of ideas?

31 March 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

I see Mercedes, Audi,and Vauxhall, any more?, I'm not saying it's bad, I'm saying there's nothing  new, different, have the styling department run out of ideas?

 

Always negative, wonder why you bother your carer reading these pieces out loud to you. Why not self isolate for at least 20 years,,,unless you can provide better solutions to the deficits you see and just whinge about...little whinging petey.

31 March 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

I see Mercedes, Audi,and Vauxhall, any more?, I'm not saying it's bad, I'm saying there's nothing  new, different, have the styling department run out of ideas?

 

Always negative, wonder why you bother your carer reading these pieces out loud to you. Why not self isolate for at least 20 years,,,unless you can provide better solutions to the deficits you see and just whinge about...little whinging petey.

I didn't say I didn't like it, I said, there's nothing different these days.

31 March 2020

Admitted this is a UK motoring magazine talking about a car designed primarily for the Chinese and US markets but understand this is exactly what those markets want. Genesis is creaming the sales of 7 series S class, and A8 et al to the baby boomers here in SW Florida. The styling is deliberately 'similar' so as to appeal to those buyers. I have two Bentley owners at my building who at lease end bought Genesis and cannot praise the ownership experience enough.They get the same basic features and luxury for 30+% less than they were paying. And with better reliability and way better customer service. Believe me, this vehicle will sell in line with or above expectations, but agreed not in the UK. And I have 'lived' with a Genesis for 1 week, its effortless.

31 March 2020
Another Genesis with styling cues nicked from other brands, normally German ones. Mercedes, Audi has BMW features are so obvious in this new G80. Although I have to say that it has immense presence and looks super expensive, more akin to high end brands rather than premium offerings.

31 March 2020
If this was a new Audi or Beemer you would be cursing it to hell. It's actually incredible refreshing. I say Jaguar, take note!

1 April 2020
Virtually every single comment I've read on the g80 on English-language news sites from the US and others as well as on many European ones has been full of praise for the beauty and elegance of its design, and yet here we are with a bunch of squealy whingers on autocar throwing a hissy fit on how awful it looks. How could I have possibly guessed lol.

Bet these are the same people who think the S Korean response to covid-19 has been s**t compared to the UK's.

Just give it up

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