Genesis’ G80 just became a whole lot more tasty.

The company, luxury arm of Hyundai, has unveiled a successor to the solid but conservatively styled sedan that is the biz.

It will be launched here in the second half of the year, at least that’s the plan.

Launched here in late 2014, the latest model adopts the lines of a four-door coupe, bringing the look into line with the smaller G70 — the Genesis take on the Kia Stinger.

Originally, badged as an Hyundai, Genesis became a standalone brand in 2019 and offers two models — G70 and G80, with an SUV, the GV80 coming soon.

The G80 platform represents a brand-exclusive, third-generation, rear-wheel drive platform, with a design that lowers the body and centre of gravity to deliver a wider cabin and improved driving stability.

“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,” Head of Research & Development Division at Hyundai Motor Group, Albert Biermann, said.

“It is a true, authentic Genesis.”

The use of lightweight materials was a focus of the design.

Aluminium is used for about 19 percent of the body, reducing the weight by 125kg compared to the previous generation, boosting performance and reducing fuel consumption.

To put this in perspective, the current model weighs 1910kg. The latest equivalent model is just 1785kg.

Engineered for world markets and customer needs, the G80 features a choice of three powertrains:

  • 2.5-litre turbocharged four (223kW/421Nm)
  • 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 (279kW/530Nm)
  • Diesel 2.2-litre inline-four (154kW/441Nm)

Acoustic glass is utsed for the windshield and all doors, along with improved door sealing, new engine compartment sound insulation and resonant sound-reducing wheels to ensure indoor quietness and class-leading, low levels of noise (NVH).

In addition, the Electronically Controlled Suspension with Road Preview, enhances ride quality by reducing road impacts using information supplied through the front camera.

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.

It can also be converted to 2D screens on the driver’s preference.

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 currently confined to the South Korean market, 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.

Just the specs

G80

Overall Length (mm)

4995

Width (mm)

1925

Height (mm)

1465

Wheelbase (mm)

3010

Drive

RWD/AWD

Engine

Petrol 2.5T

Petrol 3.5T

Diesel 2.2T

Displacement (cc)

2497

3470

2151

Power (kW)

223

279

154

Torque (Nm)

421

530

441

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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