Just last month we were told that the new G80 would premiere this month in South Korea, after its launch was first pushed back from April this year. In fact, Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald told Car and Driver not too long ago that the G80 would indeed be unveiled in September.
However, a source that wishes to remain anonymous says that is no longer the case, suggesting that there could be some kind of delay related to the 2.5-liter Turbo Theta III and 3.5-liter Turbo Lambda III engines the G80 is set to use in select markets.
Regardless of when we finally get to see the new-age G80, we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Most significantly, it will adopt a new look inspired by the G90, including an intriguing, triangular-shaped front grille and split head- and taillights.
Our spy photographers haven’t been able to snap images of the G80’s interior, but if the South Korean carmaker wants to establish the premium sedan as a rival to cars like the Lexus GS, Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, it had better make it feel much more upmarket and modern than the outgoing version.
While the new G80 may get the aforementioned 2.5- and 3.5-liter engines in some markets, we understand that in the U.S. it will likely be sold with an entry-level 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 range-topper.