Genesis GV80 SUV Spied In Korea, Should Debut Later This Year

Hyundai, Kia and Genesis are tipped to launch no less than 13 new products and derivatives this year. Among them, we will find the latter’s first-ever SUV,  which is believed to maintain the GV80 moniker of the concept shown two years ago in New York.

Rumored to debut in the coming months, the new high-riding vehicle was spied in South Korea not long ago. The images, shared by PostNaver, reveal an imposing design for the GV80, with the brand’s grille dominating the front end, a coupe-like profile for a more dynamic shape and what seems to be a clean tailgate design.

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The camouflage prevents us from seeing further details. However, it appears that Genesis has kept some of the styling elements of the GV80 Concept that was presented at the 2017 New York Auto Show, such as the four-point lighting signature, which has nonetheless become a tad bigger in the production model.

Previous reports indicated that it’s underpinned by the same platform that’ll be used in the next G80. A 3.3-liter V6, rated at approximately 365 hp (370 PS / 272 kW), and a 5.0-liter V8, making roughly 420 hp (425 PS / 313 kW) are believed to be on the agenda.

That’s a big departure from the study’s plug-in hydrogen powertrain, but fuel cell and/or PHEV engines could be in the pipeline.

Further down the road, the company’s venture into new territories might include yet another SUV, probably of smaller size, as well as a sporty coupe.

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  • charlotteharry57

    Gunning for largest grille in class, obviously.

    • Toronado_II

      And I bet there will be a planted tablet in the dashboard !
      These trends are unfortunate…

      • Da Only Skid

        Yes, those tablets protruding from the dash are horrendous. At least have it to where they retract back into the console otherwise stick with fluidity.

        • bd0007

          There’s a practical element for such designs; keeps the dash from being so high and hence, have more of an open-feel (less claustrophobic).

  • Staying true to the concept, I’m looking forward to this. I see elements of my Datsun, cues from Acura ….

    • Da Only Skid

      I can understand Datsun -> Nissan -> Infiniti, so yeah. But it looks like an Infiniti to me. Not that it’s a bad design but at least it “has” decent powerplants.

  • Bash

    I was hoping for something more -majestic or dominant- like say the infinity QX80 or maybe the Escalade or even the Lincoln. But let’s see the final version.

    • bd0007

      Genesis is aiming for the X5 and GLE w/ the GV80, not full-size BoF SUVs.

      • Bash

        Well maybe they will one day. When they start having a full/ complete line up.

    • WM sap

      baby steps…baby steps

      • Bash

        True, I figured the same just after I hit post for that comment. I agree.

  • StrangerGP

    don’t tell me they’re sticking with the fugly lights from the concept

  • Merc1

    They needed this in the showroom yesterday!


  • Dude

    I hope it’s close to the concept

  • TrevP

    A 5.0 V8 would be sweet, and it seems like its got a third row?

    • bd0007

      Likely and yes.

  • bd0007

    Genesis has 2 more crossovers in development in addition to the pictured GV80.

    The turbo-6 will likely be the new 3.5T (400 HP) and may even get the turbo-4 (300 HP) as a base engine for a presumed hybrid.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      3.5 T w 400 HP?

      Nice. Genesis are overhauling their engines which is good.

  • Benjamin B.

    Genesis is what Cadillac should’ve been in 2019.

    • Mike anonymous

      I wouldn’t consider it a burn,.. but I felt that.

      In my personal opinion, they are two good companies/brands, with a great deal of potential that could come from both,. it is just that one seems to have their focus on chasing sales, while another (*cou-genesis-gh) seems to be focused on making good products (first at least).

  • Nordschleife

    The front reads new and innovative but the rear reads Santa Fe. I am sure it will look fine when revealed. Well hopefully.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Not really, no.


  • Tumbi Mtika

    Ooh, I like this very much.

    Genesis is motoring. Can’t wait to see it unveiled. New York maybe?

  • MarketAndChurch

    Well the X7 is still the most beautiful new SUV to me, followed closely by the Aviator. I expect this Genesis to challenge both in design, features, and performance.

    • no25

      I know it’s your opinion, but the X7? Really? Aviator I can agree on, but not the X7 as the most beautiful new SUV.

      • I know right, fortunately though looks are subjective.

  • no25

    I assume this will compete with the RX, X5, GLE, and Q5, correct? Doesn’t look terrible in the camo, but the grille is a bit too Cadillac IMO.

  • Ron

    Im sure Cadillac will not be happy about Hyundai stealing its grill.

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