Debuting as a 2017 model, it’s hard to believe the G80 has been around long enough for a third-generation, but, alas, one is on the way. Genesis debuted the all-new luxury sedan digitally this week, after car shows were cancelled due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Packed with new tech and luxury features, the 2021 G80 will arrive in U.S. showrooms sometime during the second half of the year.
We’ve been fans of Genesis’ so-called “Athletic Elegance” design philosophy since the beginning when we reviewed the 2017 G80. The G80 is designed to fall right in the middle as the lineup’s core model between the sportiest G70 and more elegant range-topping G90. The front features the brand’s signature Crest Grill and double-lined quad headlamps.
On the side, the character or “Parabolic Line”, stretches from the Quad Lamps all the way to the lower to the rear through the top of the door, Genesis says it’s inspired by the elegant look of several venerable classic cars. Chrome trim stretched from the behind the front wheel arches all the way to the back. It rides on 20-inch wheels.
The decklid slopes down in the back, somewhat resembling a fastback design. Rear Quad Lamps match those in the front. The rear end also sports chrome at the top of the trunk as well as dual exhaust finishers.
The G80 interior is luxurious and designed to balance space and technology. It features leather seating and steering wheel surfaces, soft-touch fabrics and coatings as well as open pore wood trim finishes. Designers wanted to optimize the layout of user friendly controls, but keep things calm and not too cluttered. So the number of hard buttons and switches was intentionally kept to a minimum.
The G80 is equipped with a heads-up display, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.5-inch infotainment system, along with a rotary-operated electronic shift dial and touch-and-write infotainment system.
More headroom and legroom were created by lowering the seating height of the second row, so there is more interior room. Genesis says designers also improved visibility by minimizing A-pillar thickness and rearview mirror dimensions, utilizing flag type side mirrors and reducing dashboard height. The resulting ‘panoramic view’ gives the driver a relaxed view of the road ahead and the sense of openness when seated.
Genesis also says it’s made the G80 even quieter by improving door sealing, adding new engine compartment sound insulation as well as incorporating resonant sound-reducing wheels. It also features ambient mood lighting, Active Sound Design that enhances engine sound, and a Lexicon sound system that offers concert-like sound.
Two powertrains will be available in the U.S. (a third, diesel option will be available in other markets.) A 2.5-liter turbocharged Inline-4 is good for 300 HP @ 5,800 rpm and 311 lb.-ft. of torque. A 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 offering 375 HP @ 5,800 rpm and 391 lb.-ft. of torque.
The G80's rides on a third-generation, lighter, rear-wheel drive platform. The design lowers the body and center of gravity which results in a wider cabin and improved driving stability. Genesis also says the Electronically Controlled Suspension with Road Preview, enhances ride quality by reducing road impacts using information supplied through the front camera.
The use of lighter weight materials was a distinct focus. Aluminum is used for about 19 percent of the body, reducing the weight by 243 pounds compared to the outgoing model. It also increases fuel efficiency and performance.
Watch the official reveal here:
The G80 comes with the brand’s advanced driver-assistance systems which includes:
Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II): This system helps assist the driver in a wider variety of situations than before, including during lane change maneuvers when the turn signal is used, and when others merge in front of you.
Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning (SCC-ML): A world first, SCC-ML, as applied to the all-new Genesis GV80 SUV earlier this year, incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) within the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature that helps the car to independently learn the driving characteristics of - and assist - its driver.
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): This system may help automatically bring the G80 to a stop in certain situations where there is a risk of collision with an approaching vehicle detected on the left or right side of the intersection. G80 may also help detect potential collision risks in certain situations where a pedestrian is sensed in close proximity to the vehicle while in motion, for example.
Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): BCA is essentially a Blind Spot Monitor with active capabilities. BCA helps reduce the chance of potential impact with a moving vehicle and may alert the driver if a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind-spot.
In addition, the Genesis safety platform works to integrate communications between 40+ controllers in real time to help ensure the safest response in various scenarios.
New technology features include:
The Remote Smart Parking Assistant (RSPA) provides remote drive/reverse functions that facilitate parking in narrow spaces, as well as perpendicular parking and parallel parking. This can be controlled within the car or outside, remotely via the key fob.
The 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster recognizes the driver's eyes and provides various driving information and can be converted to 2D depending on the driver's preference.
The Genesis Integrated Controller allows users to set destinations or enter phone numbers by simply writing on the main control center instead of complicated keyboard input.
A 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system links with the Genesis Integrated Controller to support Genesis Quick Guide and Valet mode.
Valet Mode is a function that enhances security so that users' personal information does not appear on infotainment screens when using a Valet parking service.
Over-the-air, wireless updates to the navigation system.
Phone connectivity including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Genesis brand ranked #1 in the recently released 2020 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, the first year it qualified for the study that ranks three year old vehicle reliability. It’s also been ranked #1 for two years in a row in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. The entire lineup, the G70, G80 and G90, achieve the highest IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating.
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