The news just keeps dropping in on Genesis’ first ever SUV, the GV80, which has been caught undisguised for what seems to be the umpteenth time this past month, thought this is by far our best look yet. The images of the luxury SUV photographed inside what appears to be a ship were shared on a number of Korean forums.
We also heard from our Korean sources that the Genesis GV80’s domestic unveiling was pushed back to on, or just after, December 19. We asked our Genesis contact here in the States who told CarScoops that they could “neither deny nor confirm” the date, which to us sounds like it’s plausible but not definite.
At this point, we have solid idea on what Korean’s BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE competitor will look like, both inside and out.
Besides the full frontal view showing Genesis’ pentagonal grille that has been likened by many to a oversized Superman shield and a fuzzy, faraway look of its profile, we also have a couple new images of the cabin in a light beige color slathered in leather surfaces and the digital instrument panel that could be offered as standard in North America. [Updated 12/3/2019 – additional reporting by John Halas]
The 2020 Genesis GV80 is one of the brand’s most important models and now we’re getting a better look at the cabin thanks to several pictures posted online.
Looking way more luxurious than Genesis’ current sedan lineup, the GV80 is a proper luxury crossover as the interior has premium materials, leather upholstery, and wood trim.
Drivers sit behind a distinctive two-spoke steering wheel which is leather-wrapped and has a metallic insert. In front of them is a large instrument cluster with an analog speedometer. While this may seem a bit disappointing as many luxury vehicles have adopted digital instrument clusters, sources from Korea say only base, and possibly only domestic versions, will get the analog display, with mid- and high-level trims and export models getting a digital instrument panel.
Moving to the right, there’s a stylish dashboard with a windscreen infotainment system mounted up top. Further below, we can see slender air vents with metallic accents that continue across the passenger side.
Below the air vents is a second screen that is surrounded by large control knobs and an assortment of buttons. The latter appear to offer quick access to climate control settings and menus for the infotainment system.
The center console is also a departure for Genesis as it features a new rotary shifter with a park button in the middle. The circular theme is echoed on the drive mode selector which is surrounded by silver or metallic buttons. The console also has wood trim and a cup holder cover.
In all likelihood, the GV80 will make its North American premiere at next year’s New York Auto Show in April, but that remains unconfirmed. We can expect a handful of engine options including a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS).
Buyers looking for something more powerful should be able to get a 3.5-liter V6 with 375 hp (279 kW / 380 PS) and 390 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque. Outside the United States, customers will be able to opt for a 3.0-liter straight-six diesel that develops 274 hp (204 kW / 278 PS) and 434 lb-ft (589 Nm) of torque.