After just introducing the G80 to its new lineup last summer, Genesis is already upping its game. The 2018 sedan will offer a new Sport Trim with a new engine. Plus, the entire lineup will come with more standard features and design improvements.
Let’s start with the big news, the Sport Trim. It looks, of course, sportier with blacked-out features you don’t get on the standard model. An exclusive to the model new 3.3-liter twinturbo V6 delivers 311 horses and 356 pound-feet of torque.
The Sport will arrive on dealers lots next month. We’ll have to wait until the summer for the base and Premium G80 trims. The base sticks with a 3.8-liter V6 and the Premium its 5.0-liter V8 that blows the other two away in terms of horsepower with its 420-ponies.
As far as the bigger picture goes, design updates for 2018 are slight. The grille is tweaked slightly and it features lower bumpers, available Dynamic Bending LED headlight and new standard 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside design tweaks include the tray console, analog clock, and rear view mirror. You’ll also spot a bit more chrome on the outside as well as more aluminum accents in the cabin.
The 2018 base model gets a slight price bump over last year, starting from $41,750. But it’s still a lot cheaper than equally classing competitors. (Check out the Mercedes E-class starting from $52,140 and the Audi A6 from $47,600). The Sport trim starts at $55,250, which used to be what you’d pay for the Ultimate. But now it bumps up to $57,000 and that’s with the same engine as last year.
All trims offer all-wheel drive for $2,500 more. Base trims come with rear-wheel drive, which is a nice change up from the norm FWD.
New standard safety features include Pedestrian Detection – adding onto the Automatic Emergency Braking – and Driver Attention Alert.
The G80 is Genesis’ second model. The first is the larger G90. The previous Hyundai ‘Genesis’ flagship. It then became the first model in Hyundai’s new Genesis sub-brand luxury line.
Check out both of our reviews of the 2017 G80 below.