The luxury brand's new first SUV looks stunning.
Genesis has made no secret of its plans to launch SUVs, beginning with the 2021 GV80, which was revealed in concept form nearly two and a half years ago. And just as 2019 came to an end, the South Korean luxury brand released the first official photos of the production-spec Genesis GV80.
While full mechanical and equipment details have yet to be announced, these images still make one thing very clear: the production vehicle looks nearly identical to the concept. The three-row GV80 rides on a rear-wheel-drive architecture though all-wheel drive will be optional.
Genesis says the "V" in the GV80 marque stands for versatility. Its V-shaped grille, however, does bear a similar resemblance to the front grille of the Bentley Bentayga (as well as the recently restyled G90 sedan), but the headlights are both striking and original. From the side view, the GV80 has a lot going on, namely a sharp character line above the door handles that extend from around the A-pillar to the taillights, which retain the headlights' look. Even at a standstill, the GV80 appears to be in motion.
Genesis has also provided us with a first look at the SUV's interior. Notice the wide center console that goes directly into the dashboard. The HVAC controls are located directly above the shifter knob and infotainment knob, both of which are surrounded by wood trim. Above it, a thin air vent extends all the way to the front passenger's side door. The steering wheel also has an interesting design. At the top of the dash is the wide infotainment screen.
Although this was not stated in the press release, there's a high likelihood the GV80 will come powered by the same twin-turbocharged V6 available in the Genesis G70, G80, and G90, as well as the Kia Stinger GT. It's also possible the turbocharged four-cylinder, also sourced from the G70 and Stinger, could serve as the base engine. We'll find out in the very near future. Genesis says the GV80 will first go on sale in Korea later this month and other overseas markets will follow.