The first-ever Genesis SUV is expected to debut in LA next month.
Better late than never, Genesis will soon be entering the lucrative luxury SUV segment with the new GV80, which should help give the luxury brand a much-needed sales boost. We've known about the development of the Genesis GV80 for some time, but now we know the powertrain details thanks to a report by The Korean Car Blog.
According to the publication, the GV80's engine lineup will include a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder delivering 304 hp, a 3.5-liter V6 with 380 hp, and a new 3.0-liter diesel inline-six producing 278 hp. We doubt the latter will be available in the US. Power will reportedly be sent through a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Initial reports claimed the GV80 will share the same 3.8-liter V6, 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, and range-topping 5.0-liter V8 from the G80 sedan, but this may no longer be the case. Future Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis models may also utilize these engines. As for dimensions, The Korean Car Blog claims the GV80 will measure 16.2 feet long, 6.4 feet wide and 5.6 feet high.
New spy shots sent to us show a camouflaged GV80 prototype being put through its paces at the Nurburgring ahead of its debut. However, photos recently leaked by a dealership give us a clearer look at the first-ever Genesis SUV.
If the leaked photos are legitimate, the design of the production Genesis GV80 won't deviate too much from the stunning GV80 Concept revealed in 2017, as it sports a similar split headlight and taillight design. Genesis GV80 is expected to be built on the same platform as the redesigned G80 sedan. Both models are expected to offer both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
While the reveal of the Genesis G80 has been delayed until early next year, the GV80 SUV is expected to make its world debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show in November. No doubt Genesis will release some teaser photos and videos of its first SUV before then.