2020 Genesis GV80 will debut in the metal this month
The GV80 will then go on sale later this year.
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If you want to succeed in the luxury space these days, you've got to offer
. That's one of the reasons why
has struggled to gain traction in the US -- well, that and its nonexistent dealer network. But the SUV-shaped hole in the company's lineup will soon be rectified. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new GV80.
Genesis shared the first images of its new SUV on on New Year's Eve, just a few hours before ringing in the new year, and we know it'll officially debut without the shadows of the teasers on Jan. 16.
The big, bold grille is not unlike the one seen on the new
sedan; ditto the dual-strip LED head- and tail lamps. Overall, the exterior looks a lot like the original GV80 Concept that Genesis showed at the
New York Auto Show
in 2017. In fact, the production version might even look a little better.
Inside, the GV80 has a super clean aesthetic, with a large multimedia screen set back on the dashboard. There appears to be a second display on the center stack where the climate controls are housed, with two round dials for the temperature adjustments -- sort of like what you'll find in a new
. Open-pore wood sits alongside quilted leather, and the center console has an electronic gear selector and interesting-looking controller for the infotainment system.
Genesis isn't sharing any technical details just yet, only confirming that the GV80 will ride on a brand-new, rear-wheel-drive platform. That's a good thing, as these new RWD bones will likely go on to underpin the next-generation
sedan, as well. A second SUV, tentatively called GV70, is expected to arrive in the coming years, riding on the G70's more compact platform.
The original GV80 Concept debuted with a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, but don't expect anything so forward-thinking to be offered in the production model. Genesis' twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 is probably a safe bet, and we'll cross our fingers for the 5.0-liter V8, too. Both rear- and all-wheel-drive variants should be available.
The new GV80 will launch globally throughout 2020. Genesis' home country, South Korea, will get the GV80 in January, before it rolls out around the world. It can't arrive in the US soon enough.