For an automaker with limited experience in creating sports vehicles and developing luxury experiences, it’s a daunting challenge. But with its 2019 Hyundai Genesis sedan coming to the United States in early 2018, the Hyundai Genesis brand is trying to break the German dominance of the compact luxury sedan segment.
2019 Toyota LineupDesign-wise, the GV80 will not move too far away from the concept, but expect some of the most extreme features of the show car to be left outside the production line. The first feature you should forget about is the slender two-band headlights. Although they seem pretty cool would not seem out of place on an SUV model, Specifically, look for much larger units with a skyrocketing design that extends to the upper front fenders. The shape and size will be similar if not identical, but the large chrome plate that extends into the engine hood will not do it. Instead, Genesis will go with a slightly thinner chrome trim, and a finished upper section in the same color as the body. What could make the production is the honeycomb-shaped mesh.
Some changes to the bumper are also expected, and these are again visible in our rendering. Instead of side vents of organic appearance, the production model will get the proper side sockets. An additional vent will be added to the bottom of the deck. On the sides, I expect the GV80 to remain similar to the concept car, but with some changes. Specifically, look for less aggressive side skirts, conventional mirrors and doorknobs, revised pillars, a roof rack and various wheels.
The interior of the GV80 is quite mysterious at this stage. Of course, we have the concept booth for some ideas of what Genesis can offer, but it’s pretty obvious that the production model will not have the most features. But if the Korean brand has to follow in the footsteps of Mercedes-Benz and BMW, we are likely to see a GV80 with an interior heavily based on a four-door car. Given the size, the SUV could draw its benchmarks from the G80. The sedan feels elegant and modern, so it would not be a bad idea. The dashboard features a large wood veneer, which gives it a high-end look, while a large screen in the center of the dashboard makes the cabin as user-friendly as possible. Also look for similar inlays in aluminum and chrome, a digital dashboard, a multifunction steering wheel and fancy door panels with leather and wood cladding. The seats should be just as comfortable, but the sitting position will be higher. The center console will also be adapted to the needs of SUVs because it will be wider and larger.
Genesis currently employs a range of four-cylinder, V-6 and V-8, but the GV80 will likely share the engines with its saloon counterpart, so we must divert attention from the 2.0-liter four-pot and the 3.3-liter V-6 in the G70.The largest G80 sedan starts with a 3.8-liter V-6 that uses a three-stage variable intake system, a triangular injector model, an air gap exhaust manifold and a two-stage oil pump. The plant produces 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm, enough to push a large SUV to solid performance.
It is difficult to estimate prices without precise specifications, but Genesis must maintain prices similar to those of the competition to have a chance. In fact, unless it has features and technologies far superior to those of its rivals, it should cost a little less initially since the badge “Genesis” does not have the hallmark of Mercedes-Benz and BMW . With the Mercedes-Benz GLS priced at $ 69,550 and the Cadillac Escalade retail starting at $ 73,395, the Genesis SUV would be an attractive option of around $ 66,000 before options. Needless to say, it could be more expensive.