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PostHeaderIcon Genesis GV80

Envisioned in the early 2000s while Hyundai was developing the first-generation Genesis sedan, the Genesis brand was officially established as a standalone marque in November 2015. And since then, things progressed incredibly fast. The flagship G90 was launched in late 2015, followed by the slightly smaller G80 in early 2016. In 2017, Genesis launched its third vehicle, the G70, which is smaller than the G80 and aimed at the compact premium market. 2017 also brought the GV80, a concept that previews the company’s first SUV. The hauler is set to arrive in 2019, but I already created a speculative review of what it will bring to the table, alongside with a rendering of what the production model might look like.

The GV80 may be Genesis’ first SUV, but it won’t be its last. Now that it has launched three sedans, the South Korean firm wants to expand in the crossover market with at least two vehicles. What’s particularly interesting here is that unlike other brands, Genesis jumps on the SUV bandwagon with a full-size vehicle. Specifically, the GV80 will go against the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the upcoming BMW X7, the latter to become Munich’s flagship hauler. Obviously, the big question is whether Genesis will be able to give its competitors a run for the money. I won’t be able to provide an accurate answer until it hits showrooms, but let’s take a closer look at what we already know about this SUV.

Continue reading to learn more about the Genesis GV80.

Exterior


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Note: Genesis GV80 concept pictured here.

“Design-wise, the GV80 won't stray too far from the concept”

Design-wise, the GV80 won’t stray too far from the concept, but expect some of the show car’s more extreme features to be left outside the production line. The first feature you should forget about are the slender, twin-stripe headlamps. While they look pretty cool would look out of place on a model SUV, Genesis will most likely go with a more familiar design. As seen in the rendering, I expect the brand to keep the lower LED stripes but replaced the upper units with conventional headlamps based on those seen on the sedans. Specifically, look for significantly larger units with a swept-back design that extends toward the upper front fenders.

Next up, I wouldn’t bet on the production car getting the same front grille as the concept. Sure, the shape and size will be similar, if not identical, but the big slab of chrome that extends into the engine hood won’t make it. Instead, Genesis will go with a slightly slimmer chrome trim, and an upper section finished in the same color as the body. What might make it into production is the honeycomb-like mesh. Just like with the G80 sedan, Genesis may offer two different versions of the GV80: a standard-spec SUV with thin, horizontal slats, and a Sport model with a honeycomb mesh.


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Note: Genesis GV80 concept pictured here.

“I wouldn't bet on the production car getting the same front grille as the concept”

Some changes to the bumper are also expected, and these are again visible in our rendering. Instead of the organic looking side vents, the production model will get proper side intakes. An additional vent will be added to the lower side of the apron. Onto the sides, I expect the GV80 to remain similar to the concept car, but with a few changes. Specifically, look for less aggressive side skirts, conventional mirrors and door handles, revised pillars, a roof rack, and different wheels.

Around back, we should find changes similar to the ones seen up front. The slender, twin-stripe taillights will be replaced by larger units seen on almost all SUVs, while the bumper will get a more conventional design and an underbelly plate. There’s a big chance that the rear window will be redesigned as well for enhanced visibility.

All told, while it won’t be as fancy as the concept, the production GV80 will have the premium look needed to compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7.

Interior


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Note: Genesis G80 pictured here.

“Given the size, the SUV could draw its interior cues from the G80”

The interior of the GV80 is pretty much a mystery at this point. Sure, we do have the concept’s cabin for a few ideas of what Genesis may offer, but it’s pretty obvious that the production model won’t get most features. We can also look at the big sedans for hints, but it’s not yet clear whether Genesis plans to do what every carmaker does in this niche nowadays. But if the Korean brand is to follow in the footsteps of Mercedes-Benz and BMW, we’re likely to see a GV80 with an interior heavily based on a four-door car. Given the size, the SUV could draw its cues from the G80.

The sedan feels stylish and modern, so this wouldn’t be a bad idea. The dashboard sports a big slab of wood veneer, which gives it a premium look, while a big screen in the center of the dashboard makes the cabin feel as driver-friendly as they get. Also look for similar aluminum and chrome inlays, a digital instrument cluster, a multi-function steering wheel and fancy door panels with leather and wood veneer. The seats should be just as comfortable, but the seating position will be higher. The center console will also be adapted to SUV needs, as in it will be wider and taller. The rear section should provide plenty of legroom and headroom in order to compete with the German SUVs, but the GV80 will also need a spacious trunk.


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Note: Genesis GV80 concept pictured here.

“Some of the concept's materials could also make it into the production model as Genesis aims to offer a superior product”

As to what it may get from the concept, I’d say you should expect to find the long dashboard screen inside the production model. However, the SUV could get the more modern instrument cluster with detailed information and maybe even the clean looking dash and center console surfaces.

Some of the concept’s materials could also make it into the production model as Genesis aims to offer a superior product. As a brief reminder, the show car used semi-aniline leather with quilted diamond stitching on the door panels, seating surfaces, and center console, as well as “architexture” suede on the dashboard. The center console and floorboards are made of ash wood, which is usually found in very expensive luxury cars. Needless to say, this layout would make the GV80 one of the most luxurious offerings in this niche.

Drivetrain


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Note: Genesis G80 engine pictured here.

“Expect the engine lineup to include V-6 and V-8 units”

Just like any automaker out there, Genesis is looking to share as many parts as possible between models, including drivetrains. If you haven’t figured it out yet, the GV80 will most likely use the brand’s existing engines. Genesis currently employs a range of four-cylinder, V-6, and V-8 units, but the GV80 will probably share engines with its sedan counterpart, so we need to look away from the 2.0-liter four-pot and the 3.3-liter V-6 in the G70.

The larger G80 sedan starts off with a 3.8-liter V-6 that utilizes a three-stage variable intake system, triangular fuel injector pattern, air-gap exhaust manifold, and a two-stage oil pump. The mill produces a solid 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm, which is enough to push a big SUV to solid performance.

“The big 5.0-liter V-8 should generate in excess of 400 horsepower”

The other engine option available in the G80 is the familiar 5.0-liter Tau V-8. Using a high-pressure direct injection, a low-torque exhaust manifold, increased compression ratio and upgraded multiple-injection mapping, the V-8 generates 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. This powerplant will be offered in the range-topping GV80, regardless of whether it will carry a “Sport” badge.

Both engines will mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission and don’t expect manual or dual-clutch options in the United States. Rear-wheel-drive will probably be standard on the entry-level model, but AWD will be offered as an option.

A third drivetrain of the green variety is possible, but there’s no word on whether Genesis will go with a plug-in hybrid or an evolution of the hydrogen fuel cell showcased in the concept car. There’s no specific data for “advanced plug-in hydrogen fuel cell” drivetrain in the GV80 Concept, but Hyundai is no stranger to hydrogen propulsion, already selling a version of the Tucson (ix35) SUV using this technology. And of course, it would be really easy to transfer fuel cell tech to Genesis.

Prices


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It’s difficult to estimate pricing without actual specs, but Genesis needs to keep pricing similar to the competition in order to stand a chance. Actually, unless it comes with significantly more premium features and tech than its rivals, it should cost a bit less at first since the “Genesis” badge lacks the brand cachet of Mercedes-Benz and BMW. With the Mercedes-Benz GLS priced from $69,550 and the Cadillac Escalade retailing from $73,395, the Genesis SUV would be an appealing option at around $66,000 before options. But needless to say, it could cost more.

Competition

Mercedes-Benz GLS


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The GLS is arguably the most important competitor the GV80 will have once it arrives, but needless to say, the Merc is a bit long in the tooth, and it may get a redesign until Genesis’ SUV rolls out. Introduced in 2012, the current-generation GLS was updated for the 2017 model year. The “GLS” badge was also introduced with the facelift, replacing the previous GL nameplate in Mercedes’ new naming strategy to associate SUVs with their sedan counterparts. Obviously, the “S” in the GLS stands for S-Class. The mid-cycle update isn’t exactly comprehensive, but the massive SUV boasts a slightly sportier design and just enough tech upgrades to keep it fresh. The GLS is available with quite the varied drivetrain lineup for an SUV this big. In the U.S. there are three choices, starting with a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque in the GLS450. Moving over to the GLS550, it comes with a turbocharged V-8 that cranks out 455 horses and 516 pound-feet of twist. The third option is the AMG GLS63, which uses a beefed-up V-8 that’s good for a whopping 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet. In Europe, a diesel model comes with a 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 255 horses and 455 pound-feet of torque. U.S. pricing starts from $69,550.

Read our full review of the Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Cadillac Escalade


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The Escalade may seem out of Genesis’ league due to its massive design, but ignore the boxy body, and you get a luxury SUV that has what it takes to give the GLS a run for its money. The Escalade is actually much newer than the GLS, having been redesigned for the 2015 model year. While not exactly sporty on the outside, it’s roomy on the inside and features much of Cadillac’s latest technology. But unlike the Merc and the upcoming Genesis, there’s only one engine available, in the form for a 6.2-liter V-8. The massive EcoTec3 unit is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet, which might not be as powerful as some options from Mercedes-Benz, but makes the Escalade one of the few large luxury SUVs to still have a naturally aspirated engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission moves all that power to the wheels. Pricing for the Escalade starts from $73,395, which makes it the most expensive proposition in this comparison.

Read our full story on the Cadillac Escalade.

BMW X7


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The BMW X7 isn’t yet available, but BMW confirmed that a flagship SUV placed above the already familiar X5 and X6 is underway. Production is set to commence in 2018, and even though the X7 is still a camouflaged test car as of this writing, it’s pretty obvious that it will be a larger, more massive version of the X5. Its interior is likely to blend features from both the X5 and 7 Series sedan, with highlights to include iDrive 5.0, Touch Command Tablet, and a wide range of premium surfaces and features. Under the hood, the X7 is expected to get a 3.0-liter inline-six and a 4.4-liter V-8. The former will crank out around 320 horsepower, while the latter will arrive with at least 440 horses. A diesel is also likely, but it remains to be seen if it will be sold the United States.
Pricing should start from around $70,000.

Read our speculative review of the BMW X7.

Conclusion


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It’s really difficult to draw a conclusion here with so many details under wraps. And while there are three Genesis sedans available as of this writing, none of them has been on the market enough to get a solid grip on how they’re doing in their respective segments. But needless to say, all three are appealing to look at and come with a comprehensive array of premium features, so I guess it’s safe to say that the upcoming GV80 looks good on paper. I will update this reviews once more information becomes available, so make sure you stick around for more.

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    • Not a lot is known right now
    • Tough competition
    • The BMW X7 will be here in 2018

References


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Read our full review on the Genesis GV80 concept.

Genesis G80


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Read our full review on the 2018 Genesis G80 sedan.

Genesis G70


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Read our full review on the 2018 Genesis G70.

PostHeaderIcon Gensis G70 Sportwagon

Gensis G70 Sportwagon

Launched in 2015, Genesis is the newest luxury brand on the market and the first such company to come from South Korea. Established after Hyundai rolled out increasingly more premium versions of the Genesis and Equus sedans, Genesis has already introduced three products since 2016. It all started with the G90, a redesigned and more luxurious version of the Equus, which was followed by the G80, a better replacement for the Hyundai Genesis. The third sedan, the G70, was introduced in late 2017 as a competitor for the highly popular BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4. Having already seen the G70 in all its glory, we began wondering what if Genesis decided to expand the lineup with a wagon?

Called the G70 Sportwagon by X-Tomi Designs, which provided the rendering of what could become Genesis first ever grocery getter, this luxury wagon would compete in a very small niche that no longer benefits from a global presence. While BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi continue to sell station wagon versions of their compact sedans in Europe, the United States only gets the 3 Series Sports Wagon. The G70 Sportwagon not only would add a bit of drama to this market, but it could also come to the U.S. to give BMW a bit of action and maybe even motivate Mercedes-Benz and Audi to bring their own grocery getters over the pond. But, until that happens, let’s have a closer look at what this wagon could bring to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the Genesis G70 Sportwagon.

Exterior


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“Expect it to have the same styling cues as the sedan from the nose to the C-pillars, but a longer roof and a redesigned rear fascia”

Much like any station wagon out there, the G70 Sportwagon will be heavily based on the recently unveiled G70 four-door. Specifically, expect it to have the same styling cues from the nose to the C-pillars, but a longer roof and a redesigned rear fascia. And this is great news, as the sedan is quite the looker, even when compared to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Up front, the wagon will showcase many of the already familiar Genesis features, starting with the crest-shaped grille with chrome horizontal bars. Should the Sportwagon also get a Sport version like the sedan, expect it to wear a honeycomb-like pattern. The G70’s sleek headlamps with angular edges will give the wagon an aggressive stance, as will the vertically oriented side vents and the complex layout of the center intake, which includes various thin elements that enhance aerodynamics.


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“The Sportwagon should retain the sedan's athletic profile, despite the longer roof and the boxier rear end”

The Sportwagon should retain the sedan’s athletic profile, despite the longer roof and the boxier rear end. At the same, it should feel elegant as well, mostly due to the subtle beltline and character line just above the side skirts. The profile will change dramatically from the C-pillar to the rear. Not only the muscular rear haunches of the sedan will be gone, but the Sportwagon will get the wagon-specific third window and thick D-pillar. However, the sloping roofline and the angle rear glass will prevent the car from looking like a 1980s Volvo (read “hearse”),


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“The rear end will be almost radically different than the sedan's, so forget about the nicely sculpted trunk lid”

The rear end will be almost radically different than the sedan’s, so forget about the nicely sculpted trunk lid, which will make way for a more utilitarian tailgate. It will be interesting to see what Genesis decided to do with the taillights. While the ones seen on the sedan are rather small for a wagon and placed outside the trunk lid, Genesis could opt for longer units that extend into the tailgate. This isn’t necessarily a rule for modern wagons, but it’s a common practice among other brand competing in this niche. I guess that if Genesis chooses to keep the sedans taillights, the Sportwagon will have one more reason to stand out.

The ten exterior colors that are available for the four-door G70 should make it on the wagon too. So expect the palette to include hues like Platinum Silver, Carbon Metal, Marble White, Titanium Black, Racing Gray, Graceful Gray, Lapis Blue, Royal Blue, Blazing Red, and Umber Brown.

Interior


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“Look for the same modern design with a clean and simple dashboard”

Naturally, the interior of the wagon will also mimic that of the sedan, except for the wagon-style trunk. Look for the same modern design with a clean and simple dashboard that’s slimmer than usual to provide better visibility up front and a sports car-like feeling.

As seen in the sedan, the front section will have a horizontal layout, which is rather common in today’s premium cars, while the wide and tall center console will be topped by a driver-oriented center stack. The latter will include only a handful of buttons placed under the A/C vents for that clean look most premium customers are looking for.


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“The seats feature the company’s smart posture control system”

The seats, which have been positioned so that they lower the center of gravity of the car to maximize performance for the sedan, feature the company’s smart posture control system. Introduced in the range-topping G90, this system automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, outside mirror, and heads-up display to the optimal position based on the driver’s body information.

As far as materials go, we’ve already seen some premium appointments in the sedan. So the wagon should come with Nappa leather seats, quilted leather door panel inserts, and aluminum door handles and trim. Almost everything else is covered in soft-touch materials, just like in the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Upholstery color options should include Obsidian Black, Sandstorm Gray, Velvet Burgundy, Tobacco Brown and Vanilla Beige.

“The Sportwagon will benefit from the larger trunk that all wagons get behind the second-row seat”

Passenger comfort will also be enhanced thanks to the lower levels of noise, vibration and harshness achieved through the use of sound absorption and isolation materials, revised suspension and body frame connection, and the design of the door sealing systems. In the convenience department, the eight-inch display will provide access to MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and server-based voice recognition technology via artificial intelligence platform Kakao I. A 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system will be available for audiophiles.

Of course, the Sportwagon will benefit from the larger trunk that all wagons get behind the second-row seat. In addition to that, it will also benefit from folding rear seats for that extra space that comes in handy when hauling long objects or when you’re simply moving into a new apartment, and you have a lot of stuff to carry.

But, in order to be competitive, the Sportwagon needs to come as close as possible to the rather high bar set by the competition. For instance, the BMW 3 Series Sports wagon can hold up to 27.6 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 61.5 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon isn’t quite as roomy, but it can still haul a lot of luggage at 17.3 and 53.3 cubic feet, respectively. The new Audi A4 Avant is similar to the Merc with 17.8 and 53.3 cubic feet ratings.

Drivetrain


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“A diesel version will also be offered, powered by a 2.2-liter four-banger rated at 199 horsepower and 325 pound-feet”

Once again, the Sportwagon will mimic the sedan version of the G70 under the hood. The four-door is offered with a drivetrain lineup consisting of three engines, starting with the familiar 2.0-liter GDI available in other Hyundai models. The turbocharged four-cylinder is rated at 252 PS and 353 Nm of torque (249 horsepower and 260 pound-feet), while opting for the Sports package increases the power rating slightly to 255 PS (252 horsepower). A diesel version is also available, powered by a 2.2-liter four-banger rated at 202 PS and 441 Nm of twist (199 horsepower and 325 pound-feet).

Performance ratings for these drivetrains aren’t yet available, but it’s safe to assume that the wagon versions will have slightly slower sprint times. Probably a tenth or two due to the extra weight and the different aerodynamics.

“G70 Sport, which will be the range-topping model, will hide a 3.3-liter Lambda V-6 under the hood”

Finally, G70 Sport, which is the range-topping model, hides a 3.3-liter Lambda V-6 under the hood. Also available in many Hyundai cars, this powerplant cranks out 370 PS and 510 Nm (365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet) of torque and enables the sedan to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 4.7 seconds. Interestingly enough, that’s two tenths quicker than the range-topping 3 Series model with RWD and as quick as the same model equipped with AWD. So I guess it’s safe to assume that the G70 Sportwagon will be competitive enough for its German rivals. Top speed is rated at 168 mph for the four-door, significantly higher from the 155-mph ratings that come with most compact BMW and Mercedes-Benz sedans, and this figure should remain unchanged with the wagon.

When equipped with the Sport package, the wagon should also get the variable-ratio steering and electronically controlled suspension offered as standard with the sedan. Another standard feature will be Launch Control and rack-mounted, motor-driven power steering and multi-link rear suspension, both designed to provide more precise handling and comfortable ride. Finally, the dynamic torque vectoring system will improve the wagon’s cornering control, while the mechanical limited slip differential will enhance handling in low friction road conditions such as rain, snow, and ice.

Prices

We still don’t have pricing information for the G70 sedan, which makes it difficult to estimate how much the wagon will cost, but Genesis needs to keep pricing close to the competition. For instance, the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon starts from $44,450 in the U.S. Of course, pricing will depend on which engines are offered, but being a new brand, Genesis may have to keep the sticker a bit lower in order to score some sales. Somewhere around $40,000 to $42,000 seems like a good guess.

Competition

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon


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Should it come to the U.S., the Genesis G70 Sportwagon will have just one competitor. But it will have a hard time stealing customers from BMW, as the 3 Series Sports Wagon has been around for quite a while and built itself a solid reputation. Sure, it’s a few years old, and its popularity was enhanced by the fact that there aren’t any other options, but the sporty design, the well-appointed interior, and the powerful engine make it tough to beat.

Speaking of engines, there are two options to choose from. First up, there’s the 330i, which uses a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. The second option is the 328d, powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that’s good for 188 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist. It’s worth noting that the 3 Series Sports Wagon is the only Bimmer, alongside the X5, to get a diesel powerplant in the U.S. In Europe, the drivetrain lineup is much more diverse. Ranging from the entry-level 318i with 136 horsepower to the 340i M Sport with 326 horses, the 3 Series Touring meets every need performance-wise. On the diesel front, the range begins with the 316d rated at 116 horsepower and goes all the way up to the 335d xDrive M Sport with 313 horses. U.S. pricing starts from $44,450, while German prices start from €34,550.

Read our full review of the 2017 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon


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Unveiled in 2014 alongside the then-brand-new C-Class, this grocery getter has been one of the most celebrated compact premium wagons for decades now. And for good reason, as the longer, five-door version of the C-Class is just as classy and luxurious as its four-door sibling. The latest model is particularly appealing, as the C-Class’ design language, which is based on the larger S-Class, is both sporty and elegant. And despite having a wagon rear end instead of the sedan’s sleek, coupe-like roofline, the C-Class Wagon is as sexy as wagons get. Okay, so maybe it’s not as gorgeous as the CLS Shooting Brake, but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful wagons you can buy. The same description can be used for the interior, which blends sportiness and elegance under acres of leather and wood veneer.

The engine lineup isn’t as diverse as the sedan’s, but you get plenty of options ranging from the 154 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of the base C180 to the 362 horses and 384 pound-feet of the C450 AMG. Of course, proper AMG C63 and AMG C63 S variants are also offered. More importantly, Mercedes also launched a plug-in hybrid version, the C350, rated at 275 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of twist. Diesel models range from the C220 BlueTEC with 168 horsepower and 295 pound-feet to the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid with 228 horses and 369 pound-feet. Unfortunately, none of them are available in the United States. German pricing starts from €33,534.

Read our full review of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon.

Audi A4 Avant


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Introduced for the 2016 model year, the A4 Avant is the newest offering in this comparison. It’s also one of the most aggressive wagons you can buy thanks to Audi’s recent design language with more angular lines. The interior is also new and quite the significant departure from the previous design. While the outgoing model felt dated, the current-generation A4 has everything it takes to give its competitors a run for its money. And it’s pretty unique too with the classy air-vent strip that stretches across the dashboard. The German wagon is sold with four engines besides the performance-oriented S4 and RS4. The base 1.4-liter unit cranks out 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet, while the 2.0-liter four-pot is available with either 190 horses and 236 pound-feet or 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet. The range-topping model uses a 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet. The diesel lineup includes various versions of the company’s 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter mills, ranging from the 2.0 TDI with 120 horsepower and 199 pound-feet to the 3.0 TDI V-6 with 272 horses and 443 pound-feet. Like the C-Class Wagon, the A4 Avant isn’t available in the U.S. However, you can buy the A4 Allroad, an Avant with SUV features and higher ground clearance. This model is priced from $44,500. In Germany, the standard A4 Avant retails from €33,700.

Read our full story of the 2017 Audi A4 Avant.

Conclusion


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The Genesis G70 Sportwagon is just a rendering as of this writing, and the Korean firm didn’t say whether such a model is under consideration or not. But it’s more than just a cool idea. With the luxury brand having rolled out three sedans so far, and with at least two SUVs underway, a wagon version of the G70 should be included in the company’s future plans. The G70 may be enough to grant the company access to the tough compact market that’s controlled by the 3 Series, C-Class, and A4, but Genesis needs more than just a sedan in order to survive. A coupe and a convertible should also be considered, but a station wagon sounds like a good first step in a niche that doesn’t have too many propositions on offer. And judging by the G70’s looks, lush interior, and solid drivetrain lineup, I think that a station wagon could make a significant impact.

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    • Lacks the brand cachet of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi
    • Is the station wagon segment slowly dying?

PostHeaderIcon Genesis G70

The Genesis brand was introduced in 2015 as Hyundai’s premium division. The name was derived from the Hyundai Genesis, the company’s full-size sedan, which became the Genesis G80 after the rebranding. Before the G80 debuted, the newly-founded brand introduced the G90, a redesigned, more luxurious version of Hyundai’s range-topping sedan, the Equus. In 2016, a third Genesis model was spotted testing on public roads, a sign that the Korean brand is looking to expand even more in the near future. The new vehicle is also a sedan, will be sold as the G70, and will compete in the premium compact market.

As a part of the company’s plan to roll out several new models by 2020, the upcoming G70 will take on a very crowded segment that includes nameplates like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4. The G70 will essentially join the Cadillac ATS as yet another compact trying to compete against the world’s most popular luxury compacts. There’s no official word as to when the new sedan will hit the market, but a leaked Genesis document suggests that the G70 could debut by the end of 2016. However, given that the four-door was only spotted recently during testing, an unveiling could take place in early 2017 instead.

Like other Genesis products, the G70 could make its global debut in South Korea, with a North American reveal planned a few months after that. This could happen at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. Until then, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about Genesis’ upcoming compact sedan.

Update 9/5/2017: In just 10 days, Genesis will debut it’s all-new G70 Sedan in its home city, Seoul, South Korea before it makes its way to the U.S. for an early 2018 Debut in North America. To get everyone hyped up, Genesis as released a little teaser talking about its origins and why it chose Seoul as the place the G70 will make its first public debut. Check out the special “Teaser” section below to see it for yourself.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis Google Assistant Has Some Cool Tricks

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I know, you are probably thinking how did we survive this long with a digital assistant to remotely open our car doors and put the air con on, but actually now that we got them we may get so used to them that we can’t live without them. This new Genesis Google Assistant seems to be one of those things. 

I mean, the features this service offers are pretty cool and can become handy in a number of situations. The video below tries to portray a couple of occasions where Genesis Google Assistant can make life a lot easier. The system utilizes Genesis app for the Google Assistant to remote start, lock or send a destination to their car via voice commands on Google Home, eligible Android phones or iPhones.

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So you have a number of ways to communicate with your Genesis Google Assistant: Voice commands via the Assistant on Google Home, Voice commands via the Google Assistant on eligible Android phones or iPhones, and Text commands via the Google Assistant on a smartphone. You are going to need a PIN number to make the assistant run your orders, and you better keep it protected because your car can get hacked with it. The Genesis Connected Services available through this service include: Sending a destination to the car’s navigation system, Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Lock & Unlock, Remote horn/lights.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis Virtual Guide Is an Augmented Reality User Manual

Genesis Virtual Guide

Being the luxury sub-brand of Hyundai, Genesis is constantly on the lookout to improve their game and make their cars comparable to the European rivals. This time they have found an area improvement that doesn’t really have anything to do with the actual car. Genesis Virtual Guide is really a fancy user manual that is only harder to figure out than a traditional one if you are older than thirteen. 

But hey, it’s something they can flaunt in the face of the competition and maybe even impress a few customers enough to consider the Genesis G80 as their next luxury sedan over the established Merc or Bimmer. Genesis Virtual Guide makes use of augmented reality technology so any part of the car you know nothing about or can’t figure out how to operate you just point your smartphone camera on it and the app, recognizing the bit you are seeking information on, loads up the appropriate part of the user manual. And best of all, it’s interactive and has movies and stuff so you won’t even have to read text.

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Genesis Virtual Guide app contains a number of informational guides including: 135 how-to videos and 25 3-D overlay images that appear once users scan areas of their vehicle, like the engine bay. It’s a pretty smart thing, but the truth is most Genesis buyers are not anything like the young and tech savvy woman featured in this video, but men who have gone past their middle age and many of them have trouble dialing a number with a smartphone, let alone use augmented reality. Still, it’s a pretty good effort on Hyundai’s part and definitely a plus for Genesis cars in those comparison tests.

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PostHeaderIcon The G80 Proves Genesis Is Off to Good Start

In the beginning, Hyundai created Genesis, a premium label under which the South Korean automaker could sell luxury vehicles without the stigma of its value-driven name historically associated with duds like the Excel and a low-cost-before-all value proposition. Hyundai saw that value was good. Yet, instead of resting solely on those merits, the Genesis division is elevated to loftier goals – goals of uncompromised luxury and performance, while undercutting nemesis brands with less-costly price tags.

Hyperbole aside, Genesis has seemingly achieved that goal. See, I’ve spent a week with the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport, the brand’s mid-size executive sedan fitted with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a stiffer suspension over the standard G80. As a jaded journalist who’s driven plenty of high-end sedans with outrageous power, the Genesis had much to prove. But dadgummit, the G80 is simply impressive. It’s soft and cushy in every way when the drive mode is set to normal. The cabin is church mouse quiet, even over broken roads. And its driving controls are butter smooth, with throttle and brake inputs rewarded with linear responses and the steering on-point, though a bit on the vague side. Select Sport mode, though, and the twin-turbocharged G80 comes alive.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis’ Rush To Separate From Hyundai Has All The Makings Of A Hasty, Ill-Timed Decision

It’s never a good feeling when you wake up to news that immediately raises your eyebrows. But that’s exactly what happened earlier this morning when I clicked an alert on my phone about Genesis’ decision to separate from Hyundai long before it intended to. Apparently, the news is legitimate, too, because according to Automotive News, Hyundai’s two-year old luxury brand is all set to introduce a new retail strategy in the U.S. that will “accelerate” its separation from Hyundai, thus cutting down the number of Hyundai dealerships that are authorized to sell Genesis models.

The play at independence is surprising, not because Genesis wants to do it (there were already plans for it) but because the initial plan called for this separation to happen two or three years down the road. Instead, it could happen as early as next year even though the current dealership setup between the two brands is still itself a work-in-progress. Neither Hyundai nor Genesis have provided details on how Genesis plans to establish its own dealership network, but it is telling that Genesis’ decision may have some half-baked elements to it when its own general manager, Erwin Raphael, admits to Auto News that the company has to make “very difficult decisions in the short run in order to ensure that we take care of our… dealers in the long run.” However this story unfolds, it’s clear that this is not what Hyundai intended when it decided to launch a sub-brand that will provide its customers a distinct lineup of luxury vehicles in the mold of Lexus and Infiniti.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis’ New Trademark Filings Hint At Something Special For Hyundai’s Fledgling Luxury Brand

Hyundai’s Genesis brand is slowly taking shape. The G80 and G90 sedans are already out in the market. The entry-level G70 is set to follow suit along with two SUVs and a performance sports coupe by 2020. While Genesis hasn’t announced names for these models, recent trademark filings uncovered by Motor Authority sheds light on possibilities. What’s more, Genesis is also planning a lineup of luxury and performance variants akin to Mercedes-AMG and BMW’s M Division.

Among the most notable trademark applications featured in the filing pertain to a lineup of models badged with a “GT” nomenclature, including the “GT60,” “GT70,” “GT80,” and “GT90.” We can already guess the GT80 and the GT90 to be more upscale versions of the G80 and G90, respectively. Likewise, the GT60 and the GT70 could fit the same profile when both the G60 and G70 ostensibly comes out in the near future. Moving away from the sedans and coupes, the filings also point to a full-scale family of crossovers and SUVs that will inevitably wear the “GV” nameplate. We already saw hints of that when Genesis revealed the GV80 Concept at the New York Auto Show. The production version of that concept will likely sit as the range-topping SUV of the new brand with the GV60 and GV70 models sitting below it. Once all these models hit the market (Genesis is aiming for a complete lineup by 2020), the luxury sub-brand that started off as a Hyundai model will have evolved into a full-fledged luxury automaker.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis Boss Snubs His Nose On Halo Cars, As He Should

Halo cars have always been a big thing in the auto industry, largely because they represent the pinnacle of what an automaker is capable of. There’s always been room for them in the business, and there will always be room for them for as long as pride and vanity remain true to a company’s beliefs. So it is surprising, maybe eve a little refreshing, to see a company boss not only dismiss the notion of halo cars, but outright shoot down any plans for his brand ever making one. That much was made clear by Genesis global brand chief Manfred Fitzgerald, who promised that Hyundai’s new luxury brand would be all about incredible design, top-class luxury, and unrivaled customer service.

Speaking with Motoring, Fitzgerald made no bones about his disinterest in developing a go-fast halo model, calling them meaningless to the kind of customers that Genesis wants to bring into its fold. Or in his own words, “if you need a halo vehicle and all that, that’s not our spiel.” Instead of going down that route, Fitzgerald wants Genesis to focus its attention on making “great products” that its customers will appreciate. Ironically, Genesis is setting its sights on companies like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, three car brands that have their own histories with halo models. Then again, these brands are also established enough to build halo models without compromising the integrity of their core lineups, whereas Genesis is still trying to lay a solid foundation for itself as Hyundai’s new luxury brand.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis GV80 Concept

Hyundai’s luxury Genesis brand entered the market with two impressive sedans — the G90 and G80 — and the company’s latest concept car from the 2017 New York Auto Show is here to confirm that the Korean company is set to keep its promise and release four more vehicles by 2020. Dubbed GV80, Genesis’ new concept is the first SUV to wear the badge and previews a competitor for the BMW X5.

Described as a vehicle that “strikes a perfect balance between elegance and versatility,” the GV80 is a rather sporty proposition and represents a significant departure from Genesis’ current design language. “The GV80 Concept is an SUV that alludes to the confidence and evolution of the Genesis brand – its design is timeless, with an understated yet dynamic overall surface complexity,” said Head of Genesis design, Luc Donckerwolke.

Alongside the exquisite exterior design, the concept car also features an innovative infotainment display, as well as a hydrogen propulsion system. The latter remains a mystery, unfortunately, but it’s a sign that Hyundai’s alternative drivetrain tech will soon find its way into Genesis products.

Updated 08/23/2017: We added a series of images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis to Launch Competitors for BMW 6 Series

Genesis Motors is less than two years old but it’s already showcasing some impressive skills. Born out of Hyundai’s desire to play with the big boys in the premium market, the Korean luxury brand has launched two sedans, the G80 and the G90, in less than a year. And, according to Hyundai, it won’t stop here, with a sports coupe and two SUVs scheduled to be introduced by 2020. More recently, Genesis also expressed interest in bringing a grand tourer to the market.

That’s the word from Genesis head of design Luk Donckerwolke (previously of Audi, Lambo, and Bentley), who told Australian media at the New York Auto Show that the brand wants a competitor for the BMW 6 Series and Mercedes-Benz SL.

“What we are doing here is creating the first step… To be honest, I’m not really looking at the others, I have the advantage of creating something new. I don’t have to look at others, but there’s certainly going to be a Gran Turismo two-door,” said Donckerwolke, hinting that the Korean grand touer will have a fresh design compared to its rivals, which often look back on classic styling cues.

But design won’t be the only thing that will make this vehicle stand out. Unlike the 6 Series and the Merc SL, Genesis’ two-door won’t have a naturally aspirated V-8 engine. With the brand looking to move into future powertrains technologies, the range-topping model, likely to deliver at least 400 horsepower, will most likely use a twin-turbo six-cylinder or maybe even a hybrid. A fuel cell drivetrain like in the new GV80 concept is also under consideration.

“As much as I like to drive V-8s, I believe electrification is going to be a main element, like the powertrain of this [Genesis GV80 concept] having a range-extender fuel cell for an electric vehicle or an electric powertrain, it’s a great source. Hyundai and Genesis are pioneers of fuel cell technology, being the first company that has put fuel cell technology in production and on sale, it’s the way to go,” said Genesis brand chief Manfred Fitzgerald.

There is no official timetable for the luxury grand tourer, but it’s safe to assume that it will hit dealerships within the next four to five years.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Genesis GV80 Concept

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SUVs and crossovers are all the rage at this year’s New York Auto Show, and one of the most rage-y of them all is the Genesis GV80 Concept. This fuel cell concept previews an upcoming luxury SUV from Hyundai’s sub-brand in charge of high-end models, Genesis. 

Despite being forward-looking with its on-board technology Genesis GV80 Concept has a traditional approach to luxury. It puts emphasize no size, interior space, exterior bling, and indulgent features such as a 22-inch curved OLED infinity display or a concave gorilla glass touchpad and knurled metal wheel with handwriting recognition. But it does feature the latest plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric technology to combine eco-performance and capability. Not that you can expect to see this in a near-future production model, but some day.

“The GV80 Concept is a SUV that alludes to the confidence and evolution of the Genesis brand – its design is timeless, with an understated yet dynamic overall surface complexity,” said Head of Genesis Design, Luc Donckerwolke. “These are all characteristics that embody Genesis products and delicately reflect distinctive elements, which you’ll continue to see in future models from our brand.”

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Genesis GV80 Concept

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SUVs and crossovers are all the rage at this year’s New York Auto Show, and one of the most rage-y of them all is the Genesis GV80 Concept. This fuel cell concept previews an upcoming luxury SUV from Hyundai’s sub-brand in charge of high-end models, Genesis. 

Despite being forward-looking with its on-board technology Genesis GV80 Concept has a traditional approach to luxury. It puts emphasize no size, interior space, exterior bling, and indulgent features such as a 22-inch curved OLED infinity display or a concave gorilla glass touchpad and knurled metal wheel with handwriting recognition. But it does feature the latest plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric technology to combine eco-performance and capability. Not that you can expect to see this in a near-future production model, but some day.

“The GV80 Concept is a SUV that alludes to the confidence and evolution of the Genesis brand – its design is timeless, with an understated yet dynamic overall surface complexity,” said Head of Genesis Design, Luc Donckerwolke. “These are all characteristics that embody Genesis products and delicately reflect distinctive elements, which you’ll continue to see in future models from our brand.”

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Genesis GV80 Concept

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SUVs and crossovers are all the rage at this year’s New York Auto Show, and one of the most rage-y of them all is the Genesis GV80 Concept. This fuel cell concept previews an upcoming luxury SUV from Hyundai’s sub-brand in charge of high-end models, Genesis. 

Despite being forward-looking with its on-board technology Genesis GV80 Concept has a traditional approach to luxury. It puts emphasize no size, interior space, exterior bling, and indulgent features such as a 22-inch curved OLED infinity display or a concave gorilla glass touchpad and knurled metal wheel with handwriting recognition. But it does feature the latest plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric technology to combine eco-performance and capability. Not that you can expect to see this in a near-future production model, but some day.

“The GV80 Concept is a SUV that alludes to the confidence and evolution of the Genesis brand – its design is timeless, with an understated yet dynamic overall surface complexity,” said Head of Genesis Design, Luc Donckerwolke. “These are all characteristics that embody Genesis products and delicately reflect distinctive elements, which you’ll continue to see in future models from our brand.”

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis Steps Up To Take A Swing At SUVs With The Sleek GV80 Concept

So far, Genesis Motors is off to a pretty decent start. The brand was founded in 2015, launching into the luxury segment with the G90 sedan as its premium flagship model. But, as we all know, sedans will only take you so far in the current automotive market. If you really wanna make a dent, you’re gonna need something bigger, or more specifically, an SUV. Enter the GV80, Genesis’ latest concept vehicle, which just debuted at this year’s New York International Auto Show and offers us a preview of future models to come from the South Korean brand. The concept includes a variety of tasty aesthetic cues both inside and out, as well as a few hints at the latest technology that will arrive alongside them, but the most interesting thing about this concept is its plug-in hybrid fuel cell powertrain, a feature Genesis promises it’ll include in forthcoming models.

Unfortunately, Genesis doesn’t elaborate on the particulars of this unusual engine setup, so we’ll just have to wait until the next concept for further details. Still, there’s a few interesting tidbits worth picking apart here, namely the way the concept looks, what it brings to the table in the luxury SUV segment, and how it plans on coddling its passengers. And, more importantly, how much of this concept gloss is expected to actually make it production?

Interested? Read on for the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis Rolled Out The Goods For The MVPs Of The Pro Bowl

The countdown to Super Bowl LI is filled to the brim with events spread throughout what is now referred to as “Super Bowl Week.” One of the highlight events of this week is the Pro Bowl, which the AFC just won over the NFC, 20 to 17. Two players in particular, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce and the Buffalo Bills’ Lorenzo Alexander, stood out from their peers, earning themselves the offensive and defensive MVP awards, respectively. But Kelce and Alexander didn’t just win trophies for their efforts; they’re also each taking home a Genesis G80 sedan.

It’s a pretty sweet incentive when you a Genesis G80 is on the line. Kelce and Alexander did just that with the Chiefs tight end winning the offensive MVP award after racking up 36 yards and a touchdown to lead the AFC over Alexander and the NFC. For his part, the Bills linebacker made a good show for himself too, finishing the the game with eight tackles to notch the defensive MVP award.

For their efforts, Kelce and Alexander both get a luxury sedan that’s being touted as a legitimate competitor to the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6, two German stalwarts that have dominated the mid-size luxury sedan segment for years. The G80 is no slouch of a luxury sedan itself. It features a design that’s at home in this segment as any of its German rivals. It also has a well-appointed interior and just as important, it comes with Hyundai’s award-winning 5.0-liter “Tau” V-8 engine that’s good for 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.

Best of all, the G80 comes with 107.7 cubic feet of passenger volume, more than what the 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS, Infiniti Q70, and Mercedes E-Class all have to offer. For two larger-than-life athletes who need all the in the interior space they can get, the G80 is a solid car to address those needs.

Give credit where it’s due. Both Kelce and Alexander balled at the Pro Bowl and for their efforts, they’ve been rewarded with a luxury sedan that’s fighting its own battles for supremacy.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis G80 Sport

Considering the Genesis brand is a new entity, the Genesis G80 is technically a brand new car in the market. First on sale for the 2017 model year, the car has come off as a big hit, effectively fusing together power, luxury, and safety into one very sexy package. But, there were two problems with the G80. The first problem is that it was nowhere near as stylish or aggressive as the Genesis New York Concept, and the second problem is that there was no middle model – leaving consumers to choose between the 311-horsepower V-6 and the 420-horsepower V-8 models. For the 2018 model year, both of those problems have been addressed as Genesis has decided to refresh the G80 and introduce a new trim level called known as the 3.3T Sport. This refreshing has brought new, better-looking fascias to the front and rear, the availability of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive across the entire range, new safety features, and a new standard 18-inch wheel design. On top of that, the new 3.3t Sport offers up a cool 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque – just the right amount to position it between the G80 3.8 and the G80 5.0.

It seems pretty fast for such a new brand to offer up a model refresh after just a year on the market, but that just goes to show how serious the Genesis brand is about winning over consumers and keeping competing models like the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6 at bay. The new Sport trim should prove to be a breath of fresh air for anyone who wants more than 300 ponies on tap without having to step up to the range-topping 5.0 model. So, will Genesis garner new customers with the introduction of this new trim level and the refresh of the entire range? Only time will tell, but let’s take a look at the new 3.3t Sport and see what it’s all about.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Considers Luxury Electric Vehicle For the Genesis Brand

It hasn’t even been a year since Hyundai broke out of the value car market and jumped into the luxury segment with its new Genesis brand. Since then, we’ve seen the new Genesis G90 and, more recently, the Genesis G80. With a mission to differentiate itself from Hyundai and Kia, not to mention its new German competition, the Genesis brand can’t rest for one minute. Each Genesis model has to be different from anything Hyundai and Kia has, and those models need to keep up with the luxury and comfort of the more dominate premium brands out there. With that said, part of Genesis’ strategy is to launch an all-electric vehicle.

The news comes from Senior Vice President, Manfred Fitzgerald, who also said, “We will definitely go as Genesis brand down the road of alternative propulsions, and it is very, very obvious that EV is definitely on the map. I think full electric cars will be the future in the auto industry.”

So far, the G90 and G80 are gasoline-powered models, but word has it the Genesis G80 will also get a diesel engine option as early as next year. Adding in an all-electric drivetrain would certainly diversify the Genesis brand’s methods of propulsion and would help to bring it in-line with other premium brands like Mercedes and BMW. So far, there’s no timeline as to when this new all-electric vehicle will come to be, but it’s in the works, so you can bet you’ll probably see it before the turn of the decade. The real question is – how big will it be? Will it be small like BMW’s i3 five-door hatch? And, to go with that question, what kind of range are we talking here?

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis G80

Hyundai has finally announced all the details about the G80 and boy has it turned out to be winning combination of power, luxury, and safety. Available with a V-6 or V-8 powertrain and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the car is offered with 311 or 420 horsepower and a long list of safety features that tops anything offered as standard equipment on entry-level competitor models – it even beats out the Volvo S90 for standard safety equipment.

Unfortunately, the G80 isn’t anywhere near as stylish or aggressive as the Genesis New York concept that we saw back in March, but it’s still an appealing car with all the right technology and safety features to go with a sporty exterior design. To put it mildly, things have changed a lot since Hyundai first entered the U.S. market, and the Genesis premium brand just goes to show what is possible when you pay attention to your customer base and give them exactly what they want.

With that said, let’s take a good look at the new G80 and what it brings to the table. It’s definitely something you’ll want to consider next time you’re looking to grab yourself a premium sedan.

Update 08-01-2016: Pricing has been announced for the 2017 Genesis G80. Check out the prices section below for details.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis New York Concept

Once upon a time, the mere insinuation that the BMW 3 Series would sweat out a rival from South Korea would’ve been laughable. Unless someone was playing a joke of some sort, nobody would’ve believed it. Well, we live in a different world now and what was laughable then has become a reality now. BMW better be watching its back because Genesis is coming…and it’s coming on strong.

Hyundai’s recently launched luxury brand came to the 2016 New York International Auto Show and brought with it the New York Concept, a hybrid sports sedan that will likely serve as the basis for the Genesis G70, the brand’s eventual entry into a market long dominated by the likes of the 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and Audi A4.

The design game of the New York Concept is pretty strong, something that should ring music to the ears of the design team over at Genesis. There are some ambitious elements to it, as is the case with most concept vehicles. But, for the most part, Genesis succeeded in giving all of us a taste of what’s to come for Hyundai’s new premium brand.

It’s also still a little premature for the incumbents to sweat in their boots, but given the overwhelmingly positive reaction given to the New York Concept, I can imagine being one of the execs from those companies who saw the concept and thought to themselves that this new player that’s coming to town is well worth keeping tabs on.

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