Thanks to the Korean Car Blog we have some new spy photos for the new G80! It's likely that this is what the production version is going to look like, and if that's the case it looks incredible!
What we know so far? We are receiving this leak picture of the Genesis G80 of what should be the final design of the car. We have already seen many renders of the car and most of them were right on the overall design. The next-generation design philosophy of Genesis, which was introduced on the Essentia concept and also with GV80 SUV concept car will be applied on the new G80. The new G80 will feature a slim body design inspired by the coupe with a fully separated quad LED healights system, a pentagonal crest front grille, a low, long side profile line and a sporty rear view design. The big improvement will come in the powertrain side, while the Hyundai Motor Group will give it all with the introduction of two new engine families. First will be the 2.5-liter and 4-cylinder Theta III engine offered with Twin-Turbo system and with a final output of 300 hp. The 3.3-liter gasoline twin-turbo engine in the high-performance G80 Sport is expected to be change for a new 3.5-liter Lambda III engine delivering up to 400 horsepower.
There are also speculations that the 2.2-liter diesel engine will be replaced by a new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. In addition to the internal combustion engine, the new G80 is also expected to include some electric powertrain. Some consumers are waiting for the launch of a pure electric car from Genesis, but it is unlikely due to we have not see yet any Hyundai Motor’s electric car bigger than small- or mid-sized vehicles. Models equipped with 48V mild hybrid system are more likely to be added to the line-up than pure electric cars. There is a reason for downsizing and green powertrain in the new G80. In addition to keeping pace with the global automotive market trend, it is an integral part of the Genesis brand’s entry into overseas markets. The reason for the early withdrawal of the G80 in the European market after the launch of the G80 is that it does not have a clear presence as a new luxury brand model. The introduction of a downsizing engine is an essential task in order to enter and successfully enter overseas markets including Europe, which is the home of premium brands.
The new G80 uses weight reduction technology to reduce weight. The existing G80 has received good reviews in terms of comfort and luxury, but fuel economy and poor performance due to heavy body weight have been pointed out as a challenge to overcome. There is also a view that using a lightweight platform will reduce weight, but it is more likely to reduce weight by changing parts. Story still under development…..
Despite the camo, it's clear there will be major design changes compared to the current car.
Even though the Genesis G80 was introduced three years ago, its bones are actually older than that since the luxury sedan’s roots can be traced back to 2013 when Hyundai introduced the second-generation Genesis. After about seven years on the market and a shift to a standalone premium brand, it makes perfect sense that more and more prototypes of a successor are being captured on camera while undergoing testing.
We’ve seen this exact prototype before, specifically at the beginning of August. A new video shot at the Nürburgring gives us the opportunity to watch the test driver at work while tackling the numerous corners of the challenging race track. With mismatched wheels and a roll cage, it goes without saying this isn’t a production-ready prototype, but the car does appear to have all of the final body panels as well as the headlights and taillights.
Suffice it to say, the next-generation Genesis G80 looks nothing like its predecessor judging by what we can see peeking through the heavy camouflage. The two-tier lighting assemblies at the front and rear are a spitting image of those seen on GV80 prototypes, which is not a big surprise considering the latter will essentially be the SUV version of the sedan. The interesting light design was first seen back in April 2017 on the GV80 concept pictured below and will shortly debut on a production car.
We are expecting a more upscale cabin as well if Genesis wants to lure in buyers that would otherwise go for the more established names in the segment such as the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 or the Mercedes E-Class. Being developed right from the start as a true luxury model, we’re expecting great things from the G80 as part of Genesis’ attempt to play in the big leagues.
Latest reports from South Korea are indicating the GV80 SUV will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine and a larger 3.5-liter V6 feeding on gasoline, with an inline-six diesel 3.0-liter also in the pipeline for some markets. Chances are the G80 will have identical powertrains, with the gasoline V6 rated at 380 hp and 390 pound-feet (530 Newton-meters) whereas the diesel will be good for 278 hp and 434 lb-ft (588 Nm). A newly developed eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission will channel power to the wheels.
These new oily bits were announced last week at the Hyundai-Kia Powertrain Conference in Seoul and will be used on a variety of models by both South Korean automakers. Of the two “80” models, the SUV should be the one to get them first as the wraps are expected to come off the GV80 very soon, with the sedan to follow as early as 2020.