But will it be gas-powered or electric?
Genesis has confirmed to Motor1 that the absolutely gorgeous GV80 Coupe Concept has been approved for series production. Unveiled last week at the 2023 New York Auto Show, the concept already appears to look very production-ready, design-wise. Much of the styling is inspired by the equally-gorgeous X Speedium coupe concept.
Absent are things like ultra-narrow side mirrors and massive wheels and tires often seen on concepts. That immediately made us begin to wonder about its production chances along with this statement from Genesis: it "serves as a statement of intent for the future, hinting towards more emotional and performance-oriented models."
Although a model year debut has yet to be announced, we would not be surprised to see the GV80 Coupe arrive for the 2025 model year.
The question is whether it will be all-electric or ICE. Genesis previously announced it is committed to being an all-electric-only brand by 2030, but this concept does show a few signs there's an internal combustion engine under its hood (NOTE: Genesis has not revealed details about the concept's powertrain). The concept's front end features large cooling vents on each side that are typically needed for ICE powertrains.
But, the Double G-Matrix Patterned Crest Grille might have a large piece of plastic directly behind it - something we've seen in other EVs. What really got our attention, however, is the rear end. Why? Because there are's an exhaust system which is something definitely not needed in an all-electric vehicle. The regular GV80 SUV, GV70, and Electrified GV70 all ride on the same M3 platform that can handle both powertrain technologies.
The point is that Genesis can go either way regarding the GV80 Coupe's power source. Ideally, we'd prefer to see it be combustion-powered with the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 under its hood. That engine produces 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque, which is channeled to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
It'd be nice if Genesis engineers were able to extra some additional power closer to or above the 400 hp mark. Just saying, Genesis. Other design elements that will hopefully end up on the production version are the carbon fiber roof, five-spoke forged aluminum wheels, and the G-Matrix strut brace behind the rear seats.
The GV80 Coupe Concept was undoubtedly one of the NY show's biggest stars that no one saw coming. Done right, the production version will be quite something as Genesis has done a solid job in its short history of launching excellent and highly competitive vehicles. We'll hopefully learn more details in the near future.
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