2021 Genesis GV80 Lands In America With Two Engines

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But what's it going to cost?

The 2021 Genesis GV80, the Korean luxury automaker's first SUV, debuted just a few weeks ago in South Korea. Embracing the looks of the recently facelifted G90 sedan, the GV80 takes the Genesis brand in a radical new direction. The only engine announced for the Korean market was a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 producing 278 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. Since we knew the diesel wasn't coming to the United States, we simply had to wait for Genesis to reveal the US-spec car.

Now, just as the Super Bowl is set to kick off in Miami, Florida, Genesis has shown off the GV80 we will be getting in the US. As expected, the rear-wheel-drive-based SUV can be had with a choice of either a 2.5-liter or 3.5-liter turbocharged engine with rear- or all-wheel-drive.

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Genesis hasn't quoted any output figures (or cylinder counts) for the engines but we expect the 2.5-liter to be a four-cylinder producing around 304 hp and the 3.5-liter to be a twin-turbo V6 producing well over the 365 hp figure found in the current 3.3-liter unit. Both engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission while all-wheel-drive models receive an electronically controlled limited-slip differential at the rear axle.

To provide a smooth ride, the GV80 includes electronically controlled suspension with road preview, which is a first for the Genesis brand. Genesis says safety is not an option in the GV80, which is why the vehicle comes standard with adaptive cruise control with machine learning, Highway Driving Assist II, forward collision assist, blind-spot avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and driver attention warning.

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The cabin of the GV80 is exquisitely appointed and will be quiet thanks to Road Active Noise Cancellation (RANC). The RANC system uses sound waves of opposite phases every 0.002 seconds to cancel out unwanted sounds by analyzing the road noise. Owning a GV80 should feel like a premium experience with Service Valet, a no-cost service program. GV80 owners can have their car picked up without ever needing to step foot into a dealership and complimentary maintenance is included. The GV80 comes with three-years/36,000-miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance and complimentary Service Valet.

Pricing has not been revealed but we should know closer to when the GV80 arrives at US dealers in summer 2020.

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