Fewer seats, more opulence.
Before the Genesis GV60 became the brand's first dedicated electric vehicle, the Genesis GV80 was the company's first foray into the luxury SUV market. With its sleek styling, opulent interior, and attractive pricing, the GV80 is a very impressive first attempt at a luxury SUV. Its impeccable safety systems even helped save Tiger Woods' life.
With a starting price of $48,900, the GV80 is a cheaper alternative to its main rivals, the BMW X5, Cadillac XT6, and Lincoln Aviator, helping it become a huge success. Since it launched, the GV80 has only been available with five or seven seats. Back in July, spy shots from South Korea suggested a new luxurious six-seat variant will join the GV80 family, but now it's official.
For 2022, the GV60 is now available with a new six-seat layout - but only in South Korea. Adopting a 2+2+2 layout, the six-seater GV60 features two plush individual seats in the second row divided by a second console with audio controls, cupholders, and a wireless phone charger.
A four-zone climate control system allows second-row passengers to modulate the cabin temperature individually and there are separate rear screens for the infotainment system. In addition, the climate system fan now runs for 30 minutes after the GV80 has switched off and locked to reduce foul-smelling odors inside the cabin. An optional electric side step provides easier access to the cabin.
Over-the-air updates will also improve the infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, and head-up display, including new color themes. As standard, the 2.5-liter gasoline and 3.0-liter diesel-powered variants now come with four-piston brakes, which were previously only available for the range-topping 3.5-liter V6 model.
New exterior colors for the 2022 GV80 include Mauna Red and Barossa Burgundy, while the interior can be finished in a new two-tone brown and vanilla theme. For now, Genesis has only announced these changes for South Korea, so we'll have to wait and see if the US version of the 2022 Genesis GV80 will be available with the new six-seat layout.