2020 Hyundai Genesis GV80 – The Hyundai Genesis is using an extended Santa Fe mule to develop underwear for a high-end SUV model that could rival the Range Rover Velar. In the Arctic Circle, the mule is expected to be at the base of a production car that will be the first of two confirmed SUV models en route to 2020.
The 2020 Hyundai Genesis GV80 positions the SUV alongside the mid-size in the Genesis lineup. This means it will be a mid-size deal targeting the BMW X5. It will reach the showrooms in 2019, probably a 2020 model, and it will be about a year smaller than a GV70 SUV targeting the BMW X3. Expect the final design of the GV80 to be muscular and imposing, at least if the GV80 concept lines all you need to do. Bentley’s hints in the handsome concept should not come as a surprise, since Genesis design director Luc Donckerwolke previously had the same role at Bentley.
Other details show that the design team has bent to the restraint, since it has adopted a traditional square roof that should offer more interior space than the “coupes” of SUVs. The 23-inch wheels have partially ventilated spokes of the transparent B and C pillars (an idea launched by Volvo in 2001 with its Safety Car Concept, or SCC, which did not come into production). At the front of 2020 Hyundai Genesis GV80, the hood gently descends into a V-shaped chrome grille with an elaborate diamond patterned mesh. Split tail lights using laser-lit optical fiber echo the headlights.
Inside, there is a leather-trimmed dashboard, aluminum trim and ash wood. The oversized infotainment displays and oversized instrument clusters are converted to a single 22-inch wide organic LED split between driver and passenger. The metal inlays on the central stack are capacitive touch; these are shortcuts for accessing various infotainment functions and can be customized. Located at the edge of the armrest, a knurled metal wheel surrounds a glass touchpad that supports gestures of rotation, tapping, sweeping and pinching. The center console extends to the rear seats, each of which features touch-capacitive infotainment controls. The interior of the SUV that has room for four and no more strikes us as the Korean version of a long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography.
A document attached to a window of one of the test mules suggests that a new 3.5-liter V-6 might be in development. The document also states that the test mule is equipped with an automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive. We also anticipate that a plug-in hybrid option will be part of the Genesis powertrain equation at some point.
It is likely that Genesis will use the launch of its sports coupe, expected in 2020, as a catalyst to enter the European market early in the next decade. Such a strategy would ensure that Genesis arrives here with enough differentiation from Hyundai, which is already a well-known brand in the region.