2020 Genesis G80 Shows Off GV80-Inspired Face And Sexy Body

It’s only been a few weeks since we first spotted Genesis testing their next-generation G80 on public roads and already the engineers have removed a big portion of the test car’s camouflage, giving us a better look at its production bodywork.

The 2020 Genesis G80 was quick to leave the bulky covers behind, as a test car showed up at the Nurburgring for some high-speed testing.

The wide front grille is now visible, as well as the shape of the front fenders and more of the headlights.The grille looks like it’s adopting the same shape as with the GV80 Concept. As for the headlights, they appear to feature twin elements per side, like the aforementioned concept.

After all, Genesis chief designer Luc Donckerwolke has said in the past that the GV80 Concept provides a better glimpse at the brand’s styling direction than the compact G70, which was penned before he joined the Korean manufacturer.

Donckerwolke also added back then that future Genesis models will adopt the distinctive styling of the GV80’s twin headlights and taillights, becoming a signature feature of the Genesis brand.

However, and as displayed by the latest crop of our spy shots here, the taillights of the next G80 appear to be a single unit under the cleverly positioned wrap. If you look closely, you’ll notice that there’s a single bulb sitting towards their outer side.

It’s safe to say that the next Genesis G80 will adopt a more dynamic shape, with these spy shots giving us a clear look at its sloping roofline, lower waistline and wider hips, trademarks that you normally find in four-door coupes like the Mercedes CLS and the Audi A7.

The tailgate also appears to end with a small wing while the sides are set to get a rather prominent shoulder line that runs across the entire length of the upcoming Korean executive saloon. Overall, the next-gen Genesis G80 makes its predecessor look even more generic than before.

The engine range will likely include a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, as well as a twin-turbo V6, with Genesis is also working on a new generation of electrified powertrains.

Based on the completely new bodywork and its different proportions, we expect the new G80 to ride on a new architecture that will be compatible with electrified powertrains as well.

The new G80 will be just the beginning for Genesis, as the company has been developing a mid-sized SUV to rival traditional premium models like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GLE. Plans for a battery-electric model have also been announced, with Genesis moving in that direction in 2021. Their electrified vehicle will feature a driving range of at least 310 miles (500km).

Genesis is expected to reveal the new G80 in 2019, with a market launch scheduled towards the end of that same year.

Article updated with new spy shots and additional reporting

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Image Credits: CarPix, S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • lagunas3ca

    Even with the camo on it looks better than any Cadillac in the past 10 years.

    • Merc1

      Except for the current CTS V, I agree.


  • An Existing Person

    The overall shape reminds me of the new Lexus LS.

    • bd0007

      Considering the overall shape is very similar to the current G80…

  • donald seymour

    Genesis has always had a sold spot in my heart. I’m madly in love with the current G80.

    • Bash

      Are you converting from mopar now? lol

      • donald seymour

        Bash, what up!? Nah, I ain’t. You know I never cobsiconsi myself as a badge hoe, so when Genesis came along, I gravitated towards them because of their design language.

        • Bash

          All good, long time no see man.. tbh same here, we are on the same page. I love my charger but ever since the concept of the I-pace and new EQ came out, I thought -hey this looks cool, different but yet nice, and why not frankly- and now when I recently saw them both in thier production forms. I thought this really looks good! And now I’m all over them. I never thought I would ever like an suv or a hybrid or electrical. Not to mention both. lol

          • donald seymour

            Bash, EQ? What do you think of that front grille?

          • Bash

            I know many won’t agree with me, but I like it! Specially with that AMG like front bumper. I think it’s fine with darker colors or shades too.

          • donald seymour

            Yeah, Bash many won’t agree with you. But I’m glad that you like it.

  • Jason Panamera

    Show me the interior, that’s the only thing that I interest me.

    • Bash

      I see can’t wait to see that as well. But not the Only thing.

      • Jason Panamera

        I am just excited about Genesis brand, as well as about new kia K900. I just like to see new cars with new desging that is just different from most common brands. I would be pleased if every model get new generation every year 🙂 . I am owner of few cars from VW concern and I just get bored when I see similar design and tech features between VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi. Not so original, especially in terms of interior.

  • Maykel

    where are their SUVs and trucks? Cars are a losing money, shrinking market.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      They’ll be here for MY2020.

      • Bash

        We should be seeing few concepts by now then, and don’t tell me about that vision concept we saw few years back.

  • Navy Morroccan✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Interesting though, I am not liking this G80 through the camouflage, and I can tell Peter Schreyer didn’t design this hideous boat!

  • bd0007

    The G90 is getting the new Genesis design language for its facelift and the G70 will follow suit when it undergoes its refresh.

    • PK

      that’s a bad thing right?

  • Kash

    Autoblog has pics of this sans the bulky camo.

  • Larry Qualls

    Come on Gennie from tha block! If you give us those duel strip head and taillights w/that super sized grile, I swear that you will be my #1 brand. You already have my heart as-is! You’ve already been able to do what KIA hasn’t, and that’s to shake that “budget car” image. Follow up by building that suv EXACTLY like the the concept and you’re really on your way!

  • Kash

    I’m kinda hoping they’ll go even further with the lights and have them curve around and cross the fender and cut over the wheel arch like on the Essentia concept.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      In time…

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    Genesis loves to copy cat the germans..

    • Raul


  • Jason Panamera

    I think that I like this front. It looks mature and classy. Also headlights remind me of previous generation of mercedes cls

  • Merc1

    I have to admit this is going to be an interesting looking car.


  • Tumbi Mtika

    Whoo, that ass end!

    I don’t apologize for sounding fanboy. Genesis is doing everything right, and they’re doing it fast, too. I could not be more impressed. This is looking really good.

  • MarketAndChurch

    more creative than cadillac

  • Six Thousand Times

    Doesn’t look bad, sexy’s a bit of a stretch.

  • eye.surgeon

    If by generic you mean the current genesis doesn’t look like a transformer, then I suppose it’s generic. It also happens to be the best looking luxury sedan in it’s class.

  • BlackPegasus

    It looks damn good. And those wheels are huge af!


  • donald seymour

    There goes my baby!

  • Brian Regan

    The general shape kind of reminds me of the Aston Martin Taraf. Not a bad thing (to me) because I like that car; just something I noticed. Looking forward to the reveal.

  • Nordschleife

    Where’s the render. Lol

  • botornot387

    There is a lot previous gen Merc CLS in that front end stance. Looking good. Hope this design goes into finally differentiating the brand from its former lineage.

  • Jkedz

    The front looks exactly like a mazda.

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