Hyundai’s luxury division, Genesis Motor, just introduced the new 2021 Genesis G80 sedan, a premium four-door that would have taken on the likes of the Cadillac CT6 had the CT6 not been discontinued in North America earlier this year. Let’s take a closer look at what the fresh South Korean entry has to offer.
The 2021 Genesis G80 heralds an all-new generation for the nameplate, and sports an enormous front grille section that is divided into a crest-like upper section and wide lower section. A thin lighting treatment can be found in the upper corners, while the profile reveals a long, cab-back body with a sloping fastback roof line.
The thin quad headlamps are echoed by thin quad tail lamps, while a dual exhaust,20-inch wheels, and chrome trim finish it off.
The cabin space of the 2021 Genesis G80 is designed with emphasis on the horizontal plane, as evidenced by the steering wheel, dash layout, and infotainment screen design. Digital readouts include a head-up display, 12.3-inch instrument cluster, and 14.5-inch infotainment system. Leather, soft-touch fabrics, and open-pore wood trim are all on deck for materials.
There’s also a slew of safety bits, such as Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist.
Under the skin is the brand’s third-generation RWD platform. The 2021 Genesis G80 is also shorter in overall length, wider in overall width, and lower in overall height compared to the CT6.
Three engines are on offer, including a turbocharged 2.5L inline four-cylinder making 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, a turbocharged 3.5L V6 making 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, and a diesel 2.2L inline four-cylinder making 207 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The diesel will not be offered in the U.S.
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