The Genesis GV80 Configurator Is Live - With A Catch

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We hope you can read Korean.

If you're just itching to know more about the Genesis GV80 - the first-ever crossover utility vehicle from Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand - we've got good news and bad news. The good news is that an online configurator for the forthcoming luxury crossover is now live.

The bad news: the configurator is for the South Korean market. Not only could pricing and options availability vary dramatically from what's offered in North America, but the site is in Korean; unless you happen to be proficient in that language, you may have a difficult time comprehending precisely what you're looking at.

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The differences start with the powertrain. In South Korea, the sole engine currently listed is a turbo-diesel 3.0L six-cylinder - an engine not likely to be offered in North America. Instead, America's Genesis GV80 is anticipated to ship with a choice of 2.5L turbo four-cylinder or 3.5L V6 petrol engines.

Beyond that, the differences ought to be less drastic. The Korean Genesis GV80 offers a choice of either RWD, or AWD with an electronic limited-slip differential. The latter drivetrain is a 3,500,000 Korean won (about $3,000 USD) option, and promises "excellent driving performance... achieved by optimally distributing the driving force according to the on-road, off-road and various driving environments."

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The next step in the configurator is to select between five or seven seats, the latter options costing 1,000,000 Korean won ($860 USD), before choosing from eight sultry standard exterior hues or three optional ones, each costing 700,000 Korean won ($600 USD). Three wheel options, ranging from 19 to 22 inches in diameter, are available, and the GV80 offers Korean buyers a choice of eleven different interior upholstery schemes, with four available console veneer options.

Finally, the configurator moves on to packages, where the highlight is a 6,300,000 Korean won ($5,400) "Popular Packages" group with a Head-Up Display; High-Tech Package including 12.3" instrument panel display and forward collision warning; Driving Assistance Package I including surround-view monitor, remote parking assist, and augmented reality nav; and a Second Row Comfort Package.

Max out the 2021 Genesis GV80 as far as it will go and you're looking at a 89,700,000 Korean won ($77,300) price tag, vs. 65,800,000 Korean won ($56,700) to start, which shows once again that Korea knows how to deliver superb luxury for less.

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