The first glimpse of the Genesis GV80 was way back in 2017 in the form of a concept. Well, finally Genesis has pulled the cover off the brand’s first production SUV model. The reveal took place this week in South Korea, where the GV80 will go on sale much sooner than it will stateside.
Recent teaser shots had already primed us for a GV80 that looks remarkably like the 2017 concept, so this exterior design has few surprises. This is one of those rear situations where the production vehicle actually has bolder design accents than the concept. The grille and headlights are both larger on the production model; while its quad-lamps design at all four corners remain intact from the concept as well.
All said, the exterior design of the GV80 is certainly among the most unique in the segment.
Inside is a similar story to the exterior. Genesis designers tried to remain true to the concept, but the cabin design isn’t nearly has “carbon copy” to the concept as the exterior. That’s okay though, because this interior design is simple and elegant. The capstone is a 14.5-inch widescreen infotainment display in atop the dash, which is controlled by a touchpad, similar to the interface the German luxury brands are moving away from.
Genesis is particular proud of a new Road-Noise Active Noise Control system that analyzes road noise in real-time and generates sound waves of the opposite phase in just 0.002-seconds. Road noise isn’t the only thing kept at bay, the GV80 is also equipped with an Electronically Controlled Suspension with Road Preview system that uses a camera to read the road ahead and adjust the suspension accordingly.
Unsurprisingly, there’s a host of other technology features–at least on the Korean model–that will keep the GV80 in line with its competitors.
Since the GV80 hasn’t officially debuted in the U.S., the exact engine details for the GV80 have not been released. In South Korea it will be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. Up-level buyers can go for an optional 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 with 375 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
Regardless of engine, the GV80 comes standard with rear-wheel-drive, while all-wheel-drive will be optional.
The 2020 Genesis GV80 goes on sale in South Korea this month, but it is still a ways out from the U.S. market.