New midsize luxury vehicle revealed by Genesis. Predictably this is a formidable competitor for BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class.
The last Genesis G80 was completely revealed. This new generation was developed from the start to be part of a luxury brand—and it shows. This mid-size luxury sedan is set to go on sale in the second half of 2020, following the arrival of the closely related GV80 SUV.
The G80 rides on the new rear-wheel drive platform, slightly longer than its predecessor, despite having the same 118.5-inch wheelbase. With such a length, the G80 has the advantage of rear room. Rivals like the Mercedes E-class and BMW 5-series are a bit smaller than this car. Genesis claims that the new G80 is 243 pounds lighter than before thanks to a greater use of aluminum in the body.
The new G80 has an elegant, luxurious design. For the first time Genesis applied the grille and set up quad lights on the GV80. In addition, decoration for the vehicle includes side marker lights and LED taillights, continuing the theme of two horizontal bars. The gently sloping rear glass that transitions into a tapered decklid might make you think that the G80 is a hatchback like the Audi A7, but it is a sedan with a regular trunk.
Internal design creates a good balance between simplicity and decadence. Equipped with G80 are high quality metal devices, wood holes. The dashboard is designed to please without overwhelming. Climate control, radio and navigation functions with physical buttons and knobs. The large 14.5-inch central touch screen and the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster dominate. The rotary gearshifter is placed directly behind a controller for the infotainment system.
Safety features to assist the rider are provided a lot, but Genesis does not say which standards and options. There is a system called Highway Driving Assistant II that can help make lane changes when the driver activates a turn signal. And of course, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking are available on the G80.
As in many other Hyundai and Genesis products, there’s a smart parking feature that allows you to move the car in and out of tight parking spaces remotely via the key fob even from outside the car.
Equipped with the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 300 hp and 311 lb-ft now serves as the base engine to replace the 3.8-liter V-6 engine. naturally old. Compared to the old 3.3-liter V-6 engine, its 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque provide more noise but a little less than the 5.0-liter V-8. Both engines offer an eight-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive optional.
Prices for the G80 haven’t been revealed by Genesis until the end of this year. Maybe the starting price is under $ 50,000 and the fully loaded price is just under $ 70,000.