Hyundai is now officially a member of the luxury automotive club thanks to its new Genesis brand.
The automaker unveiled the first sedan in its premium Genesis lineup, the G90, in Detroit this week. The flagship 2017 G90 is basically a renamed and vastly upgraded Hyundai Equus. The sedan shows off what Genesis calls its ‘Athletic Elegance’ design aesthetic.
The sedan isn’t showy and goes for understated luxury. The first things you notice are its long bold hood, wide wheelbase, and minimum overhangs. The crest grille is topped off with the winged ‘G’ Genesis logo on the hood.
It’s the interior that really stands out to us. It has a ton of technology, Nappa leather seats and genuine wood accents. There is a 12.3-inch infotainment display, a 7-inch TFT display in the center of the instrument cluster and a 360-degree digital surround view that is useful in difficult parking situations.
There is also more leg room than the old Equus, thanks to a longer wheelbase. There’s more headroom, too. The G90 also offers a segment-first CO2-level sensor to keep air clean inside.
Genesis went for comfort, too. Drivers can adjust their seats 22 different ways. The shotgun passenger gets a 16-way adjustable seat. Top trim rear seats are 12-way for the left and 14-way adjustable for the right. The front seats also offer both heating and ventilation.
Tech and music fans alike will also be happy with the Lexicon Premium Sound System with QuantumLogic Surround sound. It uses 17 speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer. Sound-absorbing materials help keep the cabin quiet, too.
The G90 brings the latest in autonomous driving tech standard.. It comes with Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Blind Sport Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Driver Attention Alert, and Dynamic Bending Light headlights with High Beam Assist.
There are two powertrain choices. The base model is a 3.3-liter direct-injection twin-turbocharged V6 with 365-horsepower. The top model is a 5.0-liter direct-injection V8 engine with 420 horses. Both use electric thermostats and mid-position-lock Continuously Variable Valve Timing. An 8-speed automatic comes standard. All-wheel drive is optional.
The G90 is the first in Genesis’s luxury line, but it’s a far cry from the last. The automaker plans to release six different luxury cars by 2020.