A leaked roadmap officially spills the beans on Hyundai’s plans for its new Genesis luxury brand.
The leak popped up on the Korean Car Blog and details more specifics and a launch timeline. The good news is Genesis is still sticking to its plan to release six models by 2020. The bad news is the hoped for Audi R8 competitor doesn’t appear to be one of them.
Genesis has already released the first model, the G90, which replaced the Hyundai Equus. The leaked info shows the G80 and G70 sedans will join the lineup by 2017. The G80 gets labeled as a mid-luxury sedan with the G70 called a near-luxury sedan. After that, Hyundai will build three SUVs between 2017 and 2020. The first will be a mid-luxury SUV followed by a near-luxury SUV and a near-luxury Sport Coupe.
The lineup is fairly conservative compared to the hoped for super car that would class with the R8. So, either Genesis is not going to create the super car, or the joke’s on us and this is all just one big ruse to keep us guessing what is really going on over at the new brand. Anything could happen, especially since Hyundai recently poached a second Bentley executive. So now it has both Bentley’s former chief exterior designer and former chief of design on board.
The G90 model debuted earlier this year. The G90 offers 3.3-liter Twin Turbo V6 with 365-horsepower. Like the G80 it does offer both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The step up engine is similarly the 5.0-liter V8. It also pairs with the 8-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The G80 will replace the current Hyundai Genesis and will carry a 3.8-liter V6 good for 311-horsepower. It will use an 8-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options are available. The step up engine is a 5.0-liter V8 GDI engine with 420-horsepower.
The G90 and G80 models will go on sale this summer. The G70 is expected to join later this year.