New car launch: Genesis G80

Genesis unveils its latest luxury car, focused on design and technology.

Genesis, the luxury offshoot brand of Hyundai has unveiled its 2020 G80 sedan in an online-only event.

The manufacturer, which is Australia’s newest luxury brand, is hoping for a strong second half to 2020 when it releases its new model on Australian shores in a bid to battle German luxury brands.

The new G80 sedan which is already on sale in its home market of South Korea comes with three engine options. A turbo 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine generating 154kW and 441Nm, a turbo 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 223kW and 421Nm and a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with 279kW and 530Nm.

Locally, it is understood the Genesis G80 and the luxury GV80 SUV, will each come with the three engine options and be backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Visually, the Genesis has a low and sweeping physique and features a “crest grille” upfront with a “parabolic line” running the side of the body connecting the front and rear twin horizontal headlights and taillights.

Genesis G80

“Power lines” and chrome trims also accent the G80’s body, 20-inch wheels and the exhaust tips which mirror the crest grille design.

Head of Global Genesis Design Senior Vice-President Sang Yup Lee said the G80 achieved a balance of luxury and performance.

“The all-new G80 is the centrepiece of our line-up perfectly weighing athletic and elegant characteristics,” Mr Lee said.

“Our goal is to offer unique, design-inspired experiences.”

Inside, the G80 is fitted out with plush luxury trimmings such as wood veneer, soft-touch fabrics, ambient lighting and leather seats which have seven air cells for ergonomic adjustment.

Tech-wise, the G80 has received a slew of advancements including dual display units, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, heads-up display and a 14.5-inch infotainment screen in the dashboard which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The instrument cluster can scan the driver’s eyes to detect drowsiness and the seats come with a stretching mode to reduce fatigue and correct posture automatically.

Safety-wise the G80 is a class leader and features a highway driving assist feature which assists drivers with lane changers once the indicator has been signalled, while also managing the distance between the vehicle in front when others merge.

Autonomous braking has been upgraded to detect impacts at intersections from the left or right and joins the existing tech of blind spot monitoring, auto braking and lane keep assist.

Genesis has also developed a smart cruise control which learns drivers’ behaviours and mimics it. The system collects data such as how much of gap the driver leaves in front and how fast they usually accelerate.

A new smart parking feature also allows the G80 to park itself with the driver inside or outside of the vehicle.

The new Genesis G80 is due out locally in late 2020.

Genesis G80