Genesis lands new GV80 SUV, setting standards on progressive luxury

THE first ever Genesis SUV is set to debut in Australia in October, with the progressive and luxurious GV80 to represent its flagship offering, providing a foundation for a future range that features class-above design quality with state-of-the-art safety and technology.

As a product of the design-led Genesis Global Advanced Studio, the GV80 delivers a confident and progressive take on the Athletic Elegance philosophy. The broad, G-Matrix pattern crest grille flanked by quad headlights is inspired by the Genesis emblem.

The GV80’s well-balanced profile and rear-wheel drive proportions are emphasised by a smoothly contoured roof line and a crisp ‘parabolic line’ graphic, and underlined by eye-catching 20 and 22-inch alloy wheel designs that embody athletic elegance.

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At the rear, quad lamps reflect the unique Genesis design identity and clean forms complete the visual package, creating a low, sporty stance.

Complementing the striking visual design will be a range of premium paint finishes, comprising eight gloss (mica/metallic) and three matte exterior colours.

The Genesis GV80 is offered in four variants, with three power trains, rear and all-wheel drive, five and seven seats, and an optional luxury package.

The 2.5T opens the GV80 range, featuring a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine (224kW and 422Nm) with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive.

Standard luxury appointments include a mood-lit cabin with genuine leather and wood- finished trim, a 14.5-inch HD touchscreen multimedia interface, panoramic sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels and a power operated tailgate.

In addition, there are 10 airbags and the Genesis Active Safety Control suite of technologies, including a multi-function forward collision-avoidance assist system, driver attention warning and blind spot collision avoidance assist.

Smart cruise control with stop/go machine learning functions, and a surround view monitor with 3D functionality, also feature.

The GV80 2.5T AWD pairs the petrol turbo with all-wheel drive, and inside the cabin brings a third-row to take seating capacity to seven. The GV80 3.0D AWD introduces a refined straight six turbo diesel engine boasting 204kW and a generous 588Nm of torque.

The flagship model, the Genesis GV80 3.5T AWD, is headlined by a powerhouse 3.5-litre turbo petrol V6 producing 279kW and 530Nm.

The seven seat 3.0D AWD and 3.5T AWD deliver enhanced ride and refinement thanks to road preview Genesis adaptive control suspension, and heightened dynamic capability courtesy of an electro-mechanical limited slip differential.

Both variants ride on 22-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 265/40 Michelin tyres. The Genesis GV80 also features an Australian-specific chassis tune designed to deliver an optimal balance of comfort, refinement and enjoyment.

A Terrain/Drive Mode system provides Eco, Comfort, Sport and Custom modes for road driving, as well as specific settings for Snow, Mud and Sand driving. Genesis’ first SUV is based on a new rear-wheel drive platform with a longitudinal engine configuration.

The body structure of GV80 is enhanced with hot-stamped, high-strength steel, as well as lightweight aluminium used for the doors, bonnet, and tailgate.

Inside, the GV80’s luxurious premium leather-finished cabin is offered with five interior colour combinations matched with four open pore real wood trims.

The dashboard design creates a spacious, open feel through a horizontal motif and seamlessly integrated door trims.

Headlining are a 14.5-inch Genesis infotainment system touchscreen multimedia unit, classy central Genesis Integrated Controller dial, and a 12-inch head-up display (HUD). There’s also wireless smartphone charging.

A 1050-watt, 21-speaker Lexicon premium sound system capable of crisp, concert hall stereophonics is also standard.

The new Genesis GV80 will be launched locally in October, with pricing starting from $90,600 (plus on-roads). The range topping GV80 will come in at $108,600 (plus on-roads).

The optional Luxury Package offers Nappa leather trim, a 12.3 inch full screen instrument cluster, three zone climate control, soft close doors, and an 18-way power adjustable driver’s seat with Ergo Motion massage function.

Additional Genesis active safety control systems are also included.

Genesis lands new GV80 SUV setting standards on progressive luxury
Inside the 2021 Genesis GV80 (overseas model shown)
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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