Genesis Working On Secret Weapon To Fight Audi And Porsche

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Find out the first details about the upcoming Genesis G80 EV.

The 2021 Genesis G80 debuted earlier this year with sharp styling and a choice of two powertrains, including a standard 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four with 304 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque or an optional 3.5-liter turbo V6 producing 380 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque.

These won't be the only variants of the luxury Korean sedan available, however, as spy shots have also shown Genesis will expand the G80 range with a plug-in hybrid version. A fully electric G80 that will reportedly be called the eG80 is also expected to arrive in 2021 to fight the Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan, and now Korean Car Blog has revealed the first details about the electric luxury sedan.

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The publication's sources claim the Genesis eG80 will have a battery pack that enables the electric sedan to last 500 km (310 miles) on a single charge. It will also be equipped with advanced Level 3 autonomous technology, as part of a joint venture between Hyundai and Samsung, meaning the driver will be able to take their hands off the steering wheel and keep their eyes off the road in certain scenarios but will still need to stay alert to intervene if necessary.

While BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen, and Volvo have made electric cars capable of delivering ranges of over 248 miles, they have yet to offer Level 3 autonomous technology. This was supposed to be one of the unique selling points of the Audi A8, but Audi recently abandoned these plans.

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Like the combustion-powered G80, the eG80 will be equipped with a variety of advanced driver assists, including smart cruise control, pre-active safety seat, forward collision-avoidance assist, and blind-spot collision avoidance assist. A heavily camouflaged prototype of the Genesis eG80 has also been spied with styling cues carried over from the combustion model, including the quad headlights and crest grille. In the prototype, the charger is connected under the hood, but the position of the charging point probably hasn't been finalized.

When it goes on sale, expect the Genesis eG80 to cost a premium over the regular version. While the Genesis G80 starts at $47,700, the eG80 is expected to cost over 100 million won in Korea ($81,597). The Genesis eG80 will be one of 14 new electric models Hyundai plans to add to its lineup by 2025. Genesis also plans to electrify its entire lineup by 2024.

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Source Credits: Korean Car Blog

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