Though it may be a SUV, the new Genesis GV80 concept unveiled at the New York auto show earlier this year gives us some insight as to where the newly separated brand's design language is heading. The G80 sedan may have been conceived whilst the badge was still a Hyundai nameplate, but its next iteration should reflect Genesis's newfound individuality and that's where the GV80 comes in.
Genesis chief designer Luc Donckerwolke wanted to create a concept that conveyed "athletic elegance" and CarAndDriver thinks the vision was realized. There's the prototype's muscular wheel arches and overall proportions, but what stand out the most are its head- and taillights.
"These quad lights will become our signature," said Donckerwolke.
So we can expect to see something with similar styling to appear in the next Genesis model and perhaps even the updates versions of their current lineup. Another major change will be the grille, no longer will it be a hexagonal shape, instead the new design should look like the concept's. At least in shape, not sure if Genesis will keep the two tiered grille.
"We will not have such a strong similarity between generations, so that people will actually know what is the new car. But the theme will be the same."
For all we know, the next generation G80 sedan could be unrecognizable from the outgoing model.