2020 Genesis GV80 Gearing Up To Battle BMW X5 And Mercedes GLE

Genesis is one of the few luxury brands without a crossover, but that’s about to change as spy photographers have caught the GV80 undergoing testing in the Alps.

Previewed by the GV80 concept, the production model has a bold front fascia with a shield-like grille that is flanked by quad headlights. Further below, we can see a wide lower intake and two vertical intakes at the outside edges.

Moving further back, there’s rounded bodywork and a rakish windscreen. The crossover has also been equipped with massive five-spoke alloy wheels and a gently sloping roof.

The rear of the GV80 is heavily disguised, but the model features huge fake exhaust tips. We can also get a glimpse of the taillights, but their design is hard to make out.

Spy photographers didn’t get close enough to snap interior pictures, but the cabin will have a two-spoke steering wheel, a widescreen infotainment system and slender air vents. Drivers will also find metallic accents and new switchgear on the center console.

Also Read: Genesis GV80 Concept Hints At BMW X5 Rival

Genesis hasn’t said much about the crossover, but it likely won’t be offered with a V8 engine. As Genesis CEO Manfred Fitzgerald explained last month, the company has to “hedge our bets” and “pay close attention to markets and legislation.” As a result, the executive said the upcoming G80 won’t have a V8 and there won’t be an evolution of their current 5.0-liter V8 that produces up to 420 hp (313 kW / 426 PS) and 383 lb-ft (519 Nm) of torque.

This means the crossover could be powered by a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that develops 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque. That remains unconfirmed, but we shouldn’t have to wait much longer to find out as the GV80 is expected to be unveiled late this year or early next year.

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Honda NSX-R

    I’d already choose this over the X5 and GLE.

  • Nathaniel Black

    What you choose a Honda I don’t think so

  • no25

    why does this car site always assume BMW is king of every class? whether you like it or not the Lexus RX dominates this class and has for a while. the GV80 is ALSO here to battle the RX not just the X5 and GLE. come on, now.

    • Merc1

      Dominated? Outside of sales the RX is a complete non event.


      • no25

        do you not realize how freaking annoying you are? you act like Mercedes is the king of the world. it’s not, hun. the GLE doesn’t dominate sales and doesn’t have much else going for it. now quit getting so damn butthurt when someone mentions Mercedes in a negative way (which I didn’t even do in my original comment) and stop signing your initial like you’re 90.

    • Eddie Williams
    • bd0007

      The RX is usually compared to the likes of the X3, GLC, etc. on the basis of pricing and unlike the RWD lux CUVs, the RX isn’t sporty at all and doesn’t offer a real sport, much less a performance variant.

      • no25

        lol you’re just making stuff up now. the RX does not get compared to the X3 and GLC on account that it’s a GLE and X5 competitor. the NX competes with the X3 and GLC. I love that people like you think “sportiness” is what defines a luxury crossover. its much more than that. Lexus has always offered some of the most luxurious driving vehicles. they hug corners and they ride nicely. they also offer a crap ton of standard features you dont get with a BMW and Mercedes. its more than just performance, hun.

        • bd0007

          Actually, the RX or any Lexus CUV rarely gets compared to the Germans (esp. the RWD Germans) in actual comparison tests, but the RX is usually slotted into the compact segment on the basis of PRICE.

          C/D ranks the RX 11th in its COMPACT luxury crossover/SUV rankings, which includes the likes of the X3 and GLC.

          Even tho the NX is based on a FWD compact platform, again, on PRICE, it is usually slotted w/ the likes of GLA and X1 (which C/D does, along w/ the UX) – the SUBcompact segment.

          The X5 starts at $60.7k and goes over $100k in its top trim.

          Otoh, the RX starts at $43.8k and no variant comes close to the $100k mark.

          Only in your dreams does a “tarted up” Highlander compete w/ the X5 or GLE.

          Saying that the RX “competes” w/ te X5 and GLE is like saying that the ES competes w/ the 5 Series and E Class.

          But I guess in way that will come true as the GS is on its last days.

          • no25

            “tarted up Highlander” hahah and you continue to show your idiotic ignorance. have a good day.

          • bd0007

            Only person showing ignorance is YOU.

            The RX is based on the SAME platform as the Highlander, so giving it same criticism that the MDX or XT5 get is fair (esp. since, the MDX, at least gets a proprietary AWD system).

  • Rocket

    This and the GV70 will be the models that make or break the Genesis brand in the US. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I like their chances.

    • bd0007

      Don’t forget the GV60.

      • Eddie Williams

        GV60??? When??

        • bd0007

          Planned launch schedule (of course, subject to change) for the Korean market (which usually gets 5-6 months before launch in the US).

          GV80 – 2019 (late, but rumors may be delayed until early 2020)
          GV70 – 2020
          GV60 – 2021

  • ErnieB

    It looks as if they lowered it.

  • Nordschleife

    Why do I feel like this has more camouflage on it than the last spy shots I saw. Shouldn’t this be close to a reveal?

    • bd0007

      Genesis does 3 iterations of prototypes which may include changes to the sheetmetal – which could explain the extra cladding.

  • bd0007

    The GV80 will likely get the new 3.5TT as the top engine (and possibly w/ some sort of electrification).

    The base engine could be the new 2.5T as the next G80 will be getting that as its entry-level mill.

  • StrangerGP

    Looks like they’re sticking with that fugly headlights design, yuck.

  • Harry_Wild

    Cannot tell the looks from the massive camouflage!

  • Harry_Wild

    Go south of the equator, Chile or around that territory!

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