Nissan has Infinity. Toyota has Lexus. Honda has Acura. It seems like nearly every manufacturer of sensibly priced automobiles has thrown their hat in the luxury car ring at this point with an offshoot brand that takes their standard chassis to the next level with luxury styling, trendy amenities, and engine upgrades, not to mention price tags that often start at double what you’d find on their original lineups.
In 2015, Hyundai took their upscale Genesis line and spun it into a standalone brand featuring luxury, rear-wheel drive sports sedans. However, like many luxury lines, they seem to have discovered that you can’t get far without sporty SUVs that appeal to families, which is probably why they announced last year that the very first Genesis SUV was slated to hit the market in 2020.
The 2020 Genesis GV80, a mid-size crossover SUV, features a sleek, futuristic design that should stand out among popular competitors like MB’s GLE, Porsche’s Cayenne, and BMW’s X5, and it’s based on the newly redesigned platform that will also be found in the G80 sedan. What do drivers interested in a Genesis SUV have to look forward to? A lot, as it turns out.
The Look of the 2020 Genesis GV80
The GV80 concept initially made its debut back in 2017. There’s no telling if the finished consumer product will match the concept model, but it’s speculated that it will stick fairly closely to the bold design choices featured in the concept.
The nice thing about the design of the Genesis SUV is that it strays from the boxy look that punctuates competitor vehicles. There’s something truly appealing about the sleek curves that make up the rounded body of this automobile, which fairly resembles the head of a duck, with the hood scooping up into the headliner and curving gently back to the rounded tailgate. Your eyes can’t help but caress the curvilinear surfaces.
What Makes the Genesis SUV Tick
Much like the G80 sedan, the GV80 SUV is expected to come in both rear- and all-wheel drive options, with choices for engines including a 3.8-liter V6, a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6, and a 5.0-liter V8. Genesis also purportedly has plans to introduce alternative powertrain options, including hybrids and EVs, but there’s no word yet if these will appear in time for the GV80 launch or if they’ll show up on subsequent models.
The 2020 Genesis GV80 is slated to feature a starting price in the $50,000 range, which isn’t terrible for the luxury SUV market. Although specific details are still a bit scant, we know the SUV will be based on existing Genesis products and share features and design with the redesigned G80 sedan.
If you’re keen on Genesis sedans and you just want a little more leg and cargo room, a smaller crossover, the GV70, is slated for release in early 2021, so you should have some options for sizing if you’re willing to wait a little longer. There is purportedly a sports coupe, the G90, on the horizon as well, but it’s likely still a few years out as the SUV rollout seems to be taking the limelight at the moment.
Consumers and dealers interested in existing Genesis vehicles and upcoming models can conveniently connect with each other to buy, sell, and trade vehicles via the DealerStrip platform.