Genesis G80: New Details

The 2020 Genesis G80 large luxury sedan has officially had it’s covers taken off, and it’s quite a sight to behold. Not only that, but there are some pretty impressive performance figures that go with it, including an abundance of safety, technology and luxury.

Let’s get the important bits out of the way. The Genesis G80 will come with three engine options. A turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 223kW and 421Nm, a turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel that produces 154kW and 441Nm, and last but certainly not least, a turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine that develops 279kW and 530Nm. All engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission – the same found in the GV80 – the Korean brands large luxury SUV. Genesis has also made mention that the G80 will come in all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive platforms, but has not made it overly clear which engine will be paired with which drivetrain.

“The All-new G80 is the centrepiece of our lineup perfectly weighing athletic and elegant characteristics. This represents the clearest interpretation yet of the Genesis brand identity,” said Sang Yup Lee, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Genesis Design. “Our goal is to offer unique, design-inspired experiences for our customers.”

“The core of our brand lies within the G80,” said William Lee, Executive Vice President and Global Head of the Genesis Brand. “This segment represents where we started and we’re pleased that our newest offering achieves a perfect balance of discerning luxury and inspiring performance for our customers.”

Measuring in at 4995mm long, 1925mm wide, 1465mm tall and with a wheel base of 3010mm, the new G80 is longer and wider than before, and due to the extensive use of aluminium is also 125kg lighter than the previous model.

The very prominent Genesis “Crest” grille heads up the front end with what Genesis refers to as a Parabolic line that runs the length of the bodywork to finish at the tail lights. Genesis says this Parabolic line is “inspired by the elegant look of several venerable classic cars. This elegant line is counter-balanced by athletic “power lines” emphasising the strength of fender volume and the up-fitted 20-inch wheels. In addition, the chrome trim beginning from behind the front wheels stretches out along at the bottom of the door, crosses the side sills and swells upwards to the rear, strengthening forward visual motion.”

Inside the G80 you will find one of the most beautiful interiors we have seen in a long time. The steering wheel and sleek, thin air vents run across the width of the dashboard, splitting it into the panoramic area above and the control area below. Genesis claims that the number of hard buttons and switches was intentionally kept to a minimum, both for aesthetic purposes and ease of use. The new Genesis G80 also features acoustic glass in the windshield and doors, while extra sound insulation and sound deadening materials have been used to decrease NVH levels. The G80 features leather seating, steering wheel surfaces, soft-touch fabrics and coatings as well as open-pore wood trim finishes.

Sitting in the upper dashboard you will find a heads-up display, a 12.3-inch cluster and a 14.5-inch infotainment system display necessary information while driving. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now included in the infotainment system and the touchscreen is able to recognise handwriting.

“The all-new G80 brings all the existing strengths from the previous generations all the while upgrading the powertrain, platform and communication system with the state-of the art technologies,” said Albert Biermann, President, Head of Research & Development Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “It is a true, authentic Genesis.”

The Genesis G80 also excels in the safety department – featuring a host of updated and advanced driver-assistance systems included as standard:

  • Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II): This system helps assist the driver in a wider variety of situations than before, including during lane change manoeuvres when the turn signal is used, and when others merge in front of you.
  • Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning (SCC-ML): A world first, SCC-ML, as applied to the GV80 SUV earlier this year, incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) within the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature that helps the car to independently learn the driving characteristics of – and assist – its driver.
  • Pre-active Safety Seat (PSS): This adjusts a passenger seat to a safe position by pulling the seat back forward in order to keep the passenger safe in the event of a forward collision or sudden braking/turning.
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): This system may help automatically bring G80 to a stop in certain situations where there is a risk of collision with an approaching vehicle detected on the left or right side of the intersection. G80 may also help detect potential collision risks in certain situations where a pedestrian is detected in close proximity to the vehicle while in motion, for example.
  • Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): BCA is essentially a Blind Spot Monitor with active capabilities. BCA helps reduce the chance of potential impact with a moving vehicle and may alert the driver if a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind-spot.

A complement of 10 air bags includes front and side airbags as well as a centre airbag, between the front seat occupants, that helps prevent secondary contact between occupants in a side impact.

For those who are extremely tech savvy, the G80 will definitely not disappoint and features next-generation, Technology-Enabled Luxury:

  • The Remote Smart Parking Assistant (RSPA) provides remote drive/reverse functions that facilitate parking in narrow spaces, as well as perpendicular parking and parallel parking. This can be controlled within the car or outside, remotely via the key fob.
  • The 12.3-inch 3D cluster recognises the driver’s eyes and provides various driving information and can also be converted to 2D screens on the driver’s preference.
  • The Genesis Integrated Controller allows users to set destinations or enter phone numbers by simply writing on the main control centre instead of complicated keyboard input.
  • A 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system integrates with the Genesis Integrated Controller to support AR navigation, Genesis QuickGuide, Genesis Carpay and Valet mode.
  • Genesis CarPay, a feature unique to the South Korean market currently, helps to simplify out-of-car payments like refuelling. It is a simple in-car payment service that allows drivers to easily pay through the navigation screen without the hassle of separately using cash or a credit card.
  • The Valet mode is a function that enhances security so that users’ personal information does not appear on infotainment screens when using a Valet parking service.
  • Home Connect (Car-to-Home, Home-to-Car) functionality that integrates with smart home technology features and applications.
  • Phone Connectivity including Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
  • Over-the-air, wireless updates to the navigation system.

With an eye toward the senses, luxury-focused items include:

  • The driver’s seat is equipped with an ergo motion seat function featuring seven air cells, which enables optimum seating for each driving mode and reduces fatigue via a stretching mode and automatic posture correction functions.
  • Ambient mood lamps applied throughout the interior add sensitivity to the passenger space in various colours.
  • The Lexicon sound system allows passengers to enjoy the vivid sound effects of a concert, such as “Quantum Logic Surround Audience Mode/Stage Mode,” adding to the joy of listening.
  • The first row HVAC system allows the driver to adjust the heated/ventilated seats in the second row. Also, passengers in the second row can adjust the air conditioning mode/temperature independently of the first row. (Air flow controlling of first and second row is synchronised)
  • From a sound standpoint, Genesis has enhanced the engine’s sound with its Active Sound Design (ASD), standard on G80 petrol engines, adding an additional level of customisation.
  • The Lexicon sound system allows passengers to enjoy the vivid sound effects of a concert, such as “Quantum Logic Surround Audience Mode/Stage Mode,” adding to the joy of listening.
  • The dual rear-seat touchscreen displays, allow right and left rear seat passengers to use video and audio inputs independently, enabling them to enjoy content that suits their preferences.
  • An automatic, twin-filter air purification system is applied to the G80 which activates an air cleaning mode when cabin sensors detect certain fine-dust thresholds.

The new Genesis G80 is due for Australian release later this year, and we can’t wait to give a full, in-depth review on what promises to be an absolutely brilliant car. Full specification and pricing is yet to be released for the Australian market, but we should get clarity very soon.

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