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2021 Genesis GV80 First Look: Better Late than Never

Sal Collaziano

Genesis Motors Forum
Staff member
Palm Beach, Florida
Genesis Model Type
2G Genesis Sedan (2015-2016)
This midsize luxury crossover SUV is what Genesis needs
Finally, Genesis has unveiled what is likely to become its bread and butter: the midsize 2021 GV80, which is also the brand's first SUV. The full wraps were taken off at an event in Korea, where it will go on sale this month before making its way to North America in the second half of the year.

This first of three planned SUVs is hugely significant not only through its mere existence—the others are the smaller GV70 and one that remains shrouded in secrecy—but also because it rides on a new, brand-specific platform that will be used for the next G80 midsize sedan. The rear-wheel-drive architecture also offers optional all-wheel drive.

We've been waiting to see the production vehicle since Genesis first showed the four-seat, fuel-cell-powered GV80 concept at the 2017 New York auto show; while the production model carries over much of the show property's look, the one people can buy carries five passengers as standard (a third row is optional) and will feature conventional combustion engines. Among those powertrains is the first six-cylinder diesel for the brand, a Genesis-exclusive 274-hp 3.0-liter unit—although that is unlikely to come to the U.S. We will, however, get two turbocharged gasoline engines.

These include a modified version of the new, 290-hp and 311-lb-ft 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Smartstream engine used by Kia and Hyundai, the latter of whom installs it in the Sonata N Line. The other engine will be a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 that appears poised to replace the 380-hp, 390-lb-ft 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 in Genesis's lineup. In the GV80, they will mate to an eight-speed conventional automatic transmission controlled via an electronic rotary gear selector in the center console. Read more...
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