Genesis already made a splash at the start of 2020 with the reveal of its first SUV, the GV80. Now Genesis is following up with overhauling one of their core models: the G80 sedan. Borrowing a lot in terms of both design and technology from the GV80, this G80 is a head-tuner.
We saw the G80 earlier this year, but details of the new sedan were not disclosed at the time. Our opinion of the car’s look remains unchanged: it’s stunning. Genesis has adopted its “Athletic Elegance” design theme, which is also found on the GV80. This shared design theme is crystal clear in nearly every aspect of the G80; from the massive grille on the front, to the parallel lamps at all four corners.
The biggest change of the G80 design is the transition to a four-door coupe design layout. This change has yielded a rakish windshield and elongated greenhouse that just makes the G80 look far more dramatic than its predecessor.
Genesis says the 2021 G80 is larger is just about every exterior dimension, the exception being the wheelbase. The added dimensions are certainly contributing to the added drama in the design, but also a nod to the car’s new architecture, which is allegedly shared with the GV80.
Inside the new G80 is a similar story. Genesis has completely overhauled the interior with a design that is very similar to the GV80 (seeing the pattern?). This means a step inside is met with an interior that looks fantastic and appears to have the luxury touches that the previous G80 lacked.
There’s a new 12.3-inch digital instrument panel with a new 3D graphics technology that doesn’t require you to wear any dorky glasses. This display is paired with a 14.5-inch infotainment display that rests in the center of the dash panel. Paired, the two should offer an experience on-par with other luxury competitors.
G80 buyers will also benefit from Genesis’ “ergo motion” seat which features seven air cells that adjust depending on the selected driving mode.
Genesis has also focused on the fundamentals with the G80 interior: promising additional interior space in most dimensions.
Powering the 2021 G80 is a choice of two engines in the United States. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. If that isn’t enough juice, buyers can opt for a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque.
Global markets will also have the option of 2.2-liter diesel. No market will have a V-8 option like today’s G80.
Regardless of engine, the power will be put to the road via rear or all-wheel-drive configurations. Higher-end G80’s will feature Genesis’ fancy electronic suspension, which uses a camera to read the road ahead and adjust the suspension in real-time. Genesis has also added in its Highway Driving Assist II, which controls steering, acceleration and braking during highway driving.
A new adaptive cruise control system also features machine learning so the car learns to drive like its driver.
The 2021 Genesis G80 will go on sale in South Korea this week, but will not launch in the U.S. until the second half of the year.