The 2020 Genesis G80 is expected to feature design cues inspired by the gorgeous GV80 concept.
We've known for a while now that Genesis is preparing to unleash a new redesigned G80 luxury sedan, which was expected to arrive by the end of the year. In fact, Genesis Boss Manfred Fitzgerald recently confirmed to Car and Driver the second-generation G80 will arrive this month, but The Korean Car Blog claims the launch of the new luxury sedan has been delayed until early next year.
The reason? A source claims the model's two new engines, a 2.5-liter Turbo Theta III and 3.5-liter Turbo Lambda III, may be to blame. This is the second time the luxury sedan has been delayed, as it was originally expected to arrive back in April this year.
While the current G80 is essentially an upgraded version of the Hyundai Genesis, the new model is being built from the ground up and should have a more distinctive design to help it stand out from its German premium sedan rivals. Spy shots have shown the new model will have a longer hood and shorter overhangs than the current model, while the grille, headlight and taillight designs appear to be inspired by the gorgeous GV80 concept.
Overall, it should be a very sleek looking sedan, but we're still waiting for the camo to drop on the prototypes to give us a better look at the design. We still haven't received any previews of the cabin, but we're hoping it have higher quality materials than the current model's interior without increasing the price too much.
While some markets will get the new 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter turbo engines, powertrain options for the US-spec 2020 Genesis G80 remain a mystery. The current G80 is offered with a choice of three powertrains: a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 311 horsepower, a 420-hp 5.0-liter V8, and a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 365 hp on tap for the G80 Sport trim. A plug-in-hybrid variant is also expected to join the lineup.