Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
When Toyota needed a luxury brand, it created Lexus.
When Honda and Nissan went for the premium segment, Acura and Infiniti showed up. Now, Hyundai is doing the same with the Genesis brand. That’s why nobody should have been surprised by the 2020 Genesis G80.
It is a completely new model, on a new platform. From a distance, it might be mistaken with an Infiniti M model, but on a closer look, the pentagonal grille and quad-headlights will tell a different story. Maybe it is not that original from the design point of view, but the same words were said about Lexus when it started.
The side dropping line might remember someone from the lines of a second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS. That said, as an original design cue, the double horizontal lines from the headlights and taillights are making a statement. The roofline is kind of like the one on the Kia Stinger, which is fine since it is another vehicle from the Hyundai-Kia group.
The interior is very luxurious, with a big, 14.5” infotainment screen in the middle of the dashboard. For a better feeling of space, the A-pillars are slimmer, to offer a panoramic view. Since the G80 has the same platform as the new Genesis SUV GV80, we can expect a 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and a 3.5-liter V6 turbocharged unit.
Starting with 2017, once Hyundai’s subdivision of rear-wheel-drive sedans and coupes, Genesis has emerged as its own luxury brand.
The first Genesis was based on the already known Hyundai Equus, renamed G90 and unveiled in 2017.
The new G80 released in 2017 was a mid-size luxury sedan that competed with the Audi A6 and the BMW 5-Series.
Aesthetically, some design cues were carried over from the bigger brother G90 such as the front grille and the LED fog lamps. However, the front end was rather different with the chrome insert that created a “C” shape around the fog lamp. The headlamps weren’t as long and featured a 90-degree bend on the outside.
Adding to the front end’s aggressiveness, the hood featured defining lines towards the outside edges. The sculpted profile featured a distinct body line that ran from the outside point of the headlamps to the sedan’s rear.
Inside, the luxury and elegant feel was given by the wood inserts with matte finishes and the premium materials used throughout the cabin. At this point, nobody could accuse Genesis they lied when they said they were going for the quality found in a Mercedes, a BMW, or probably a Cadillac.
The G80 came with a standard 8-inch touchscreen display with navigation, integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 9.2-inch display was optional and came with a 64GB SSD for onboard media storage.
With an unusually long wheelbase for its class, the G80 had a roomy cabin, offering great legroom and headroom for all occupants.