The 2021 Genesis GV80 will be the first-ever Hyundai’s premium SUV. The Korean carmaker enjoys success in the regular market so chiefs decided to expand the lineup to the luxury segment. The GV80 is going to be a mid-size model with two rows of seats. Optionally, buyers can choose to get the third row. The first edition offers four-cylinder and a V6 engine, while we can already read the future is bringing a hybrid. Diesel is available outside the US.
The SUV is a result of successful stints in the non-luxury segment with Hyundai Tucson and premium sedan class with G80. The new model is a mix of these two vehicles. It also brings unique styling and options for their buyers. The 2021 Genesis GV80 is going to compete with BMW X5 and Audi Q7, as well as American leaders – Lexus RX and Lincoln Aviator. The Korean SUV is ready for the challenge, although the mid-size segment is pretty tough in the luxury class.
The SUV is not available for purchase yet. Buyers can pre-order the 2021 Genesis GV80, which should be out in the final quarter of 2020. Meanwhile, the company is going to unveil more details. First test drives are done and impressions are positive. The styling is unique and brings something new to the market. On the other hand, we still don’t know how reliable and durable the SUV is. Also, the resale value is unknown yet.
If the exterior is eye-catching, the interior will stun you. The cabin is elegant and comfortable. Genesis is delivering the latest features and advanced options. Handling is one of the first things experts praised the mid-size luxury SUV. Still, we would like to see the 2021 Genesis GV80 with a diesel engine in the US. A seven-seat configuration cuts the passenger space, while the third row is suitable for children only. It also decreases the cargo room. Still, you can fold the rear row to provide more space.
2021 Genesis GV80 Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2021 Genesis GV80 is a 2.5-liter turbo-four engine. It seems small, but the four-banger can deliver 300 horsepower. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and uses the rear-wheel drive. Buyers can also choose an all-wheel drive. A limited-slip differential is included in this offer. Like said, the handling is precise and one of the best in the class, even for the 195-inch long SUV.
An optional upgrade is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine with 380 horsepower. This is a big surprise since all the enthusiasts expected to see the GV80 with either 3.3 or 3.8 engine. Still, the new V6 provides enough power as an optional drivetrain. The price is significantly higher, and a 3.8-liter displacement is sending energy only to an all-wheel drive.
Finally, there is an oil burner, which is not coming to the United States. A 3.0 turbodiesel unit is very capable, creating 278 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. A V6 can do 390, while the turbo-four is good for 310 pound-feet. You see why we are sorry that diesel is not part of the lineup in North America.
Exterior and Interior Design
The 2021 Genesis GV80 will offer a stunning styling, even for the luxury segment. Well, the new vehicle needs it to make a breakthrough. 19-inch wheels are standard, while you will be able to choose 20- or 22-inchers. Eight paintjobs are available, while three more mate colors are also in the palette. The exterior will draw attention. The GV80 delivers the first impression like it is in the rank with Rolls Royce Cullinan or Bentley Bentayga.
As soon as you step inside, you will find a 14.5-inch infotainment screen. It tells buyers a lot about the luxury SUV and what to expect. Plenty of options will upgrade the offer. Wood trims and metal accents are making the vehicle more luxurious. Again, Genesis offers plenty of options. You can install a third row and increase the seating capacity to seven. Ambient lighting is standard, while massage is optional for front buckets.
Besides the standard interior design, the 2021 Genesis GV80 is also coming in more premium packages. Signature selection is going to make a difference, while the highest trim levels remind us of Black Label themes for Lincoln SUVs.
2021 Genesis GV80 Prices and Expectations
The base 2021 Genesis GV80 will cost just under $50,000 with a four-cylinder engine. Upper trim levels will increase the price up to $60,000 and this is the lowest offer when choosing a V6. The Prestige package brings the game to another level and the pricing rate.
The biggest advantage of the GV80 will be freshness. Both exterior and interior are promising, as well as the engine lineup. Still, Genesis is a new player in the luxury segment, where buyers are pickier. Nevertheless, fans and experts are confident that premium SUV is going to succeed, although the competition is more than tough, one of the widest in the market, with more than 10 rivals already building their names.
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