Dark teaser shot previews future Genesis design language for flagship sedan.
Having been on sale in the United States since the 2017 model year, the Genesis G90 is ready for its mid-cycle facelift, and it appears that that is just what the South Korean brand is planning for the 2020 model year.
Earlier today, Genesis, the spin-off luxury arm of Hyundai, posted a dim teaser image of the G90 on its worldwide Facebook page, hinting that “with distinctive styling cues and exceptional comfort the Genesis G90 is soon to be revealed.” While the car in the image is cloaked in a black cloth cover, certain obvious changes can still be made out.
The headlights are radically different, with the swooping units on the current model appearing to be replaced by chunkier rectangular headlights with a daytime running light strip extending down the front fender. The grille looks to be different as well, the horizontal slats from the current grille will move aside for a honeycomb design like that of the new G70 midsize sedan. The styling will most likely be influenced by the sensual Essentia Concept that stole the 2018 New York Auto Show, which previewed Genesis’ future design language (although production rumors continue to swirl as well).
The updated G90 is predicted to benefit from the same host of upgrades that the second generation Kia K900 received earlier this year, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Powertrain options aren’t likely to change, with the current offerings likely to continue over to the facelifted model.
The G90 currently features a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 pumping out 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, while a 5.0-liter V-8 is also available, producing 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The G80 sedan, one size down from the G90 and competing with vehicles like the Audi A6, is also tipped to receive a similar facelift for the 2020 model year.