2019 Genesis G90 Spotted With Minimal Disguise, Superman-Like Grille

The 2019 Genesis G90 will be unveiled shortly, but several lightly camouflaged prototypes have surfaced online.

While it’s hard to pin down their origin, the images reveal the redesigned flagship will adopt a more distinctive front end which features a prominent crest grille that is similar to the one used on the Essentia and GV80 concepts. The grille is flanked by new G-Matrix headlights which have slim LED daytime running lights in the middle of them. Further below, we can see a modified front bumper which features restyled air intakes.

Moving further back, the car appears to adopt a new front fender vents with feature integrated turn signals. Details are hard to make out, but they appear similar those seen in sketches which surfaced last week.

Further changes can be seen at the rear as the license plate area has been moved from the trunk to the bumper. This freed up designers to install new taillights which are connected by a slender light strip. Other notable changes include a new rear spoiler and restyled exhaust tips which mimic the design of the crest grille.

The single interior image doesn’t reveal any drastic changes, but Genesis has already confirmed the model will have an updated 12.3-inch infotainment system which has an improved interface, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as well as the ability to receive over-the-air updates. The infotainment system will also have a mobile SMS function which can display text messages, read them aloud and then send basic replies.

Speaking of technology, the 2019 G90 will have an adaptive suspension and an active noise control system which cancels out unpleasant sounds. The car will also have an assortment of driver assistance systems including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist and Safe Exit Assist.

The facelifted G90 will be unveiled on November 27th and South Korean customers will have a choice of three different engines including a 3.8-liter V6, a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8.

H/T to Carscoops reader Eléna!

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  • WM sap

    This is what lincoln continental couldve done. I still dont know how i feel about the gear column though.

    • LJ

      The Lincoln Continental is far more attractive than this.

      • Rick

        Fwd though messes it up.

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      That’s exactly what I was thinking about, it looks very American than all of the American current sedans

  • klowik

    the mesh pattern on the grille looks like some cheap one you see for some enclosure..Can’t the designer spend more time to make it more sophisticated?

    • EL CHAPO

      i don’t see cheap materials on this car. please get your eyes check, thank you.

    • anthony801

      Looks like they used chicken wire from home depot. Cheaper, I suppose.

    • Cobrajet

      They will save that for that for the facelift.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Absolutley fkn hideous in every way. Almost makes Acura seem relevant.

    • paulgdeaton

      The current design is bland but inoffensive; this “update” is a retrograde move that cheapens the brand exponentially.

      With a front end from a 1957 Hudson (and we all know how well that went); a rear from some rejected Lincoln proposal, and a side profile that looks… like everybody else… where is the “premium” look. I really thought Hyundai knew what they were doing; now, I have serious doubts.

    • Ben

      With the release of the new RDX, I would say Acura is relevant.

      • no25

        lol the RDX and MDX is all Acura has going for them. If Acura disappeared, no one would care. People would just buy the Honda counterparts or move on to actual luxury brands like Mercedes, BMW, Lexus or Audi. They’re not relevant.

  • Jason Panamera

    These wheels are just 10/10. Perfect for classy style.

  • C172fccc

    That rear is so strangely square. Looks like a Nascar rear with some rear lights decals on it.

  • getoffme

    No originality whatsoever from the Koreans. Acura grille and a Lexus GS interior? LMAO….

    • Rick

      Already accusing them of copying yet hasn’t seen it fully , LMAOOO.

      • brn

        Rick, we can all see it when you vote yourself up.

        • Rick

          And we can all see your level of stupidity , the interior hasn’t even been fully revealed yet your already saying it looks like a Gs. That is unless you have supervision that helps you clarify what it is.

      • paulgdeaton

        We can see enough to see what looks like a copy.

    • paulgdeaton

      Actually, the grill looks like a ’57 Hudson… and we all know how “successful” that was…

    • bd0007

      Acura has hardly been the only automaker to use a pentagonal-shaped grille (Mazda and Cadillac to name a couple).

      And Hyundai was the one which popularized the hexagonal-shaped grille, which Audi and many others adopted.

      Also, the dashes of the 2 aren’t very similar at all.

    • EL CHAPO

      stop complaining and get out.

  • Ben

    The design honestly looks half baked. The current design is much more agreeable than this. The countdown for breakneck depreciation begins now!

  • LJ

    This thing is about as attractive as cancer.

  • Mr. EP9

    Maybe they should keep this in Korea. They’ve been making some really nice looking cars lately – for the most part – but this damn sure ain’t one of them.

  • Rick

    Not sure how I feel but I’ll wait until it’s fully revealed to do a brief take on design.

  • Knarck

    90s executive JDM sedan vibes. Kinda liking it

  • JTL2017

    Am I the only one actually thinks it looks good? It’s definitely not gonna stand out but I think it will age well (for a luxury car anyway).

    • MarkoS

      In not standing out, it will.

  • IFDU

    Not passing complete judgement until official reveal (Since I posted the pics first, I’m getting 90’s Buick Roadmaster from the front according to that sketch).
    Typically refreshed cars that try to fit a new design language never really look good or cohesive. Doesn’t look good on the Acura RLX, doesn’t look good on the Lincoln MKZ. you get the point. We won’t really know how the new Genesis design language will be pulled off until the revealing of the all new G80 and when the GV70/GV80 arrive eventually.

    And to reiterate: Again, Genesis…I’m rooting for you.. but you need to hurry up with the GV80. When you have these countless start-up electric autonomous car companies having crossovers in their near future lineups or starting with one, you should have been had one. Should have been co-developed/shown along side the G70 sedan.

    Chop to it!

  • Jay

    The tails and grille just seem like they don’t belong on the car.

  • Leconte Dave

    What year are we?

    • Bash

      It solely depends on the amount of booze you’ve been drinking, lol. The car looks amazing btw.

  • I like it. Looks more distinctive than the pre-refresh model.

  • CarBrough

    Looking ready for livery service…

  • SteersUright

    The grille and Lincoln-esque tail lights are atrocious. The proportions are very imposing and impressive. The interior, however, is truly not impressive when held up against the latest from Audi, MB, and BMW. Almost big, brash, bold and a step in the right direction, were it not for several major demerits.

    • brn

      Removed as I misread your comment. I agree, they are 90’s Lincoln taillights.

  • Galaxium

    Wow. The sketches worried me but this looks really good.

  • MarkoS

    Not sure why I like it but I do. Maybe I miss the land yachts.

  • Nordschleife

    Now this is a massive grille. While I always withhold final judgement until a car is released this looks very heavy handed in the face. Like someone mashed it’s face in.

  • Craig

    I love it. I’ve always liked full width tail lights.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Very conflicted about this. I’m getting a 90s American car vibe from the back.

  • It’s not that bad… But it looks like a lot of things of different cars. Seems like the different designers were not talking to each other.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Very nice design. And the front end? A dream… Bleah!

  • Lisa Nickel

    What the hell is with the gap between the hood and fender??

  • Marty

    I think I like it! It looks like they built on the design language that Honda/Acura had back when they looked stylish and had their own identity.

    I can almost see the word “Legend” between the taillights.

  • I Defeated Merc-1✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Peter Schreyer please come back. 😔 This G90 (for the first time) is hideous and confused between a 1990’s Lincoln Continental and a Volvo hammer-like headlamps.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think it will look nice but they absolutely cannot debut it in this black color. Maybe beige or silver or gray would be better. Even red or blue.

  • MultiKdizzle

    It screams Lincoln to me.

  • Miknik

    Trying so hard to gain some personality, but ending up weird; The G70 looks a lot better than this, even if that is neither the most outstanding design….

  • Dude

    HKG… what are you doing…

  • محمد علي

    Well i like the sides and the back view that looks like a Lincoln, the front..got an Alfa Romeo soul with Acura grill and Volvo S90 headlights… Looks unoriginal to me … But good engine specs anyways.

  • Bash

    So what did they do to the interior, nothing?

  • charlotteharry57

    This really looks more like a refresh than a redo. I like the rear end, but that grille! Ugh! Is Genesis trying to outdo Lexus in the hideousness department?


    Lincoln g90

  • sidewaysspin

    It’s like a giant Alfa Romeo grill.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Alfa makes grills? Do they only grill Italian sausage?

      • Danny Boy

        Dude you are on one this day! Ha

  • Bob

    Who else misses traditional 3 box sedan designs? This swoopy pseudo-coupe stuff doesn’t do it for me anymore.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    wow Volvo Much!?!


    Its not a Superman, its more Birdman 😀

  • Bob

    Who else misses traditional 3 box sedan designs? This swoopy pseudo-coupe stuff doesn’t do it for me anymore.


  • Sybill Julian

    acura grille

    • Sybill Julian

      volvo headlights and lincoln taillights

      • Curtis 74

        I literally thought it was a lincoln continental facelift until i clicked the article

      • bd0007

        What Audi has done is more like Volvo’s headlights.

        And the Azera was doing those types of taillights for years.

  • nauticalone

    Front looks all wrong! Hope the G80 doesn’t follow this lead.

  • Six Thousand Times

    That’s not an S where I come from…

  • That’s…. Ugly.

  • Bob White

    The front grill is grotesque and the rear very uninspiring. Who will buy this?

    • Six Thousand Times

      Hard to barbecue on a grotesque grill.

  • gibgibgib

    keen to see some real photos… the front reminds me of a Taurus/Volvo while the rear reminds me of a JZX100 Toyota Mark II

  • Trackhacker

    Wow this looks amazing

  • Danny Boy

    I like it personally ….
    Good follow-up from G70 and intro to new language. Genesis, I like it!

  • FordMopar

    Were they inspired by upside down 1989 Ford Probe rear lights and turned amber color into red??


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