The very first Genesis model, the G80 sedan, will land on Australian shores in June, giving buyers Down Under their first taste of Hyundai’s luxury brand.
Powering the Aussie-spec Genesis G80 will be a 3.8-liter V6 delivering 311 hp (232 kW) and 292 lb-ft (397 Nm) of torque. This engine is mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels, and thanks to a drive mode control system, owners will be able to select from Normal, Eco, Sport, and Snow models.
Genesis tested the G80 extensively in Australia to perfectly tune it to local roads. Consequently, the car includes Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension with Dynamic Stability Control and Electronic Control Suspension that sports continuously variable dampers with the ability to adjust compression and rebound up to 100 times per second.
G80 models sold in Australia also come standard with the Genesis Active Safety Control suite, which includes Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, and High Beam Assist. The car also comes complete with Lane Departure Warning, Pre-active Seat Belts, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control, Surround View Monitor, Parking Distance Warning, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, as well as nine airbags.
Local buyers will be able to choose from two trim levels. The entry-level version is priced from $68,900 AUD ($49,019 USD) and simply dubbed the G80 3.8. It comes with features such as a 9.2-inch HD multimedia system, 17-speaker Lexicon by Harman audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and LED headlights.
The range-topping G80 3.8 Ultimate starts at $88,900 AUD ($63,248 USD) and adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel, panorama glass sunroof, head-up display, and a 7-inch digital gauge cluster. Both variants can be equipped with the optional, $4,000 Sport Design package which incorporates different interior and exterior parts.