Genesis GV80: Two takes on this posh new SUV
Genesis GV80: Two takes on this posh new SUV
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Genesis GV80: Two takes on this posh new SUV

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Hello, I am Craig Kole. And I am not. But what we both are is here to talk about the brand new Genesis GV80 Chicago Auto Show. We sure are. This is the luxury brands very first suv. Can you believe it? They have not offered the utility vehicle till now. It's almost like they didn't exist up until three or four years ago. Funny about that. Wierd isn't it? So front end, very bold statement here on this vehicle. What do you think of the styling? I think it could easily double as an archimedean death raid because of how shiny it is reflecting light. Of course these days, a little bit of smoke and mirrors when it comes to aesthetics. Sure the grill is, you know, 15 furlongs across and about three hands high. But if you look in here, it's not all going to the radio. There's a good amount of kind of body work around there that [UNKNOWN] I want to say they're cheating But I say they're cheating. You know, honesty, I think it's a cool looking grill. Yeah, it's a very special name for it right. That's the G matrix pattern. We see this on other channel. Genesis models notably the wheels on the G 90 get. I believe g matrix is Korean for generic mesh. Or Cyclone fencing or. You be the jerk. Yes. Styling A lot of it up front here this is. This is your attractive vehicle a little bit of Bentley been taken perhaps in it. I actually think this is way better looking than the Bentley, Ben tygo. I will agree. Wherever you go or however you're supposed to pronounce it. There's just so much sculpting and especially the front end is just, I mean look at it. It's lopsided, it's hulking, it's big, it has a presence. Yes. And follows it all the way around to the back to. Yeah and that. Because it real drive platform exactly inches back there, which we'll get to in a minute. [UNKNOWN] big. So they have a two line motif. This is sort of the Genesis brands new styling element and you can see that on the headlights. They bring that along the body side both. And these sort of Kwazii imitation simulated Fender vents. And back of course. To what you just mentioned, Andrew, the rear end and the tail lights. Very distinctive design. I mean [UNKNOWN] This doubles as an armor. Yeah. This thing is so freakin wide. I can lean on it. That's amazing. You know, it's. I lost my train of thought so just keep going. They derailed like Amtrak in a snowstorm. [LAUGH] Alright, so. Please don't sue us Amtrak. The GVAD is built on a brand new architecture rear wheel drive. Yes, that's kind of what's expected. In the luxury space. Yes, Audi gets away with front drive platforms and some other automakers as well. But. For luxury you really want rear wheel drive. But for luxury also do you want diesel? Because in South Korea the gvt is launching with a diesel engine and you in fact, have had a chance to take a crack. It is a delightful little three liter straight six it's smooth it's quite, it's like pretty much any other modern diesel. Yeah. Doesn't clatter there are no plumes of black smoke like a mountain of tires caught on fire. It's tons of torque and horsepower. And it should. Though I don't believe they have official figures just yet. But ,274 horsepower, and an estimated 434 pound feet of torque, at least when I converted the figures. I believe I wouldn't call that. [UNKNOWN] That's torque. [LAUGH] It's the torque of the [UNKNOWN] And [UNKNOWN] capital T torque, but it's a minimum helic torque. Yes. Powertrains for the US though. Yes. We should have a 2.5 liter turbocharged four cylinder that should serve base duty. 290 horsepower, 310 pound feet of torque. Is that confirmed? It was according to your first drive? Was it? No, it was according to Stephen J. Ewing's preview of the car. So if it's wrong? So if the numbers are TBD, You blame him, not me. [LAUGH] I'm innocent. Also Genesis exclusive 3.5 liter turbo V6 will be offered as well. I don't have horsepower torque number Now did they bring up any mention of how it differs from the V6 that you see in the other HMA models? This vehicle isn't launching until summertime or so. And they don't really know what's going on just yet for the US market. [CROSSTALK] Although it is ironed out the kinks, yes it is on sale in the home market of South Korea for those customers there. Which I guess they sold quite a few when they went on sale the very first day. I think they said like 1500. In the first day? Yeah. Which is kind of crazy. Sheesh. So shall we take a peek inside? Yes, there's a gentleman in the front seat, but we can pick them out. So now we're in the GVA interior. What do you think? I was about to say you have had a chance to take a crack at this I have not, this is my first time sitting in the GVA but your instant impression aside from the fact that the seating position is built for a giant which I'm about to remed, I absolutely love us. First of all, let us start with the fact that the steering wheel is green leather, the seats Or green leather. There's just a lot of thing. Green leather Partially color blind it just looks great to me. Yes it is. I know you are part German Shepherd but So, in addition to the green leather, there's matte wood everywhere which is my absolute favorite finish. I don't know how we did glossy finishes on luxury cars for so long. But then there's this super old school- Yeah. Shape of this steering wheel, and I- The two spoke design. I totally get that it might not be for everybody. It might remind you the old grandmother's park avenue or something like that. [LAUGH] But I think it's great. Your hands can be here. Your hands can be here, here, here, here, pretty much everywhere. Yeah, absolutely. And it all Kind of ties into this aesthetic of Old World luxury like there's there's nothing too complex here there's. Exactly. Who creates it. It's simple look at three lines right across that's your ages literally, what I want to say the line right there to dashboard. Because you get in a lot of competing luxury vehicles and there are swoops and like a Lexus. Yeah. A dashboard is tiered. There's swoops angles untuk. Nicholson. And just so much stuff. This is very clean and elegant. And it reminds me in a way a lot of what Lincoln is doing these days. Yeah, definitely. Styling is reserved. It's tasteful. And I really get the impression that both Genesis and Lincoln designers they know when to put the pencil down. When they're done designing ->> Yes. This is finished. We don't need more. But there is still room for fun, interesting details. Yes. Take for example, the knee pads. Yes. That are on either side of the center console. They are full quilted leather, which even in some of the higher end AMGs and BMW runs and things like that, you don't really kind of get that attention to detail. You get the sort of crystal in top on the shift knob here, which. Yes. [UNKNOWN] of course. I'm of a set with these controls, I mean I shift knob, take it or leave it. [LAUGH] But I really love the 14 and a half inch, 14 and a half inch, right? Something like that. Infotainment screen. It's big. Manipulator here. It's a small little dial that has detents with each click, but if you give it a big old spin. It;s an iPod, oddly satisfying. Yes. And again, it's that approach to tactility that Genesis is using here. Every single one of these knobs has a neural on it and or some sort of floors that just feels expensive. The second you put your finger on. Yes. Even though the car itself is not going to be terribly expensive. Yes, we believe we don't know pricing. Exactly. Just yet, but in Korea it starts at about 66 million, wan. [LAUGH] And doing the conversion that works out, according to my math, $57,000. So that's probably about where I would expect this to start. Yeah, but even at the $65,000 price point say you are competing with what then? BMW X5, maybe even an X7 if you are X5, X7 somewhere. tweener and what I think it's in the perfect position for that it takes a far more luxurious approach to it. It doesn't it doesn't want to inject the driving. Yes everywhere. It's just like yes sit back enjoy the ride and you and I are both driven and soul. Yeah, we're mostly doing five miles an hour on a straight road and you're stuck in traffic. Yes. So at that point, why don't you want to do anything other than just Be as comfortable. Exactly. So I'd like you just mentioned I drove this very briefly, and so only about an hour behind the wheel in a Korean spec model with the diesel engine, diesel, like I said earlier, super smooth, quiet tons of torque. It's a great engine in the US, doesn't sound like they're gonna offer it here. Unfortunately, the United States and [UNKNOWN] was a very rocky history. But other than that, in my very brief test drive, it was quiet inside the ride was pretty smooth. It does have an adaptive dampers system, where it will scan the road and can adjust the dampers to keep the ride smoother but didn't really notice much of a difference with that. Something tells me they may end up adding air suspension at a later date just offer the most pilis move right along. Yeah, because Korean cars are known for their smooth ride. Cuz it is kind of the land of speed bumps oddly enough, True. If tons of speed bumps in their cities on other. And speaking of speed bumps we have hit the speed bump of it's time to stop the video according to our man behind the camera. It's a wet blanket, I tell you. Thank you guys very much for going through this walkthrough of the Genesis GVAD with us undoubtedly we will have way more content on this car once it actually reaches dealers and Journalists to give, Yes. It a better test. Right? Yeah so. But in the meantime, thanks for watching roadshow. Don't forget to like, subscribe, notify and do whatever else they decide to add to YouTube. Two thumbs away up folks, four thumbs. Good idea. [LAUGH]

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