During this year’s 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai caused quite
a stir with their new 2017
Genesis G90 sedan whose guns are pointed to other S-Class
competitors. However, the sedan was not the only model carrying
the new Genesis luxury badge.
The Korean automakers new luxury brand badges were also carried
by a mid-size sedan dubbed “the 2017 Genesis G80 ”. The sedan
is actually a rebadged Hyundai Genesis sedan. In fact, there
are hardly any noticeable changes such that many people won’t
realize that it’s not the Genesis sedan they are used to. Only
its new Genesis wing emblem and “G80” badges on its rump tell
The mid-size G80 and the full-size G90 sedans make up the first
two models of six new models Hyundai plans to release by 2020.
Others coming up later include a G60 coupe and a G70 sedan
which are also inspired by the Vision G concept. The other two
models will be SUVs which are yet to be named.
2017 Genesis G80 Exterior
Except for mild touches, the exterior looks of 2017 Genesis G80
and the Hyundai Genesis sedan it is replacing are identical.
The slight changes include a redesign of the bumpers and a
flashy, more stylish and imposing grille on the front fascia.
There are also new air intakes to help cool its turbocharged
At the back, the vehicle features a sloping and aerodynamic
finish of the trunk line which reminds me of the Toyota Avalon
or the Audi A7. That’s just about all the exterior differences
of the G80 and its predecessor.
Generally, the body still retains the long and stylish body
lines that show off its sense of quality and refinement. The
mid-sized sedan will ride on 18-inch alloy wheels.
2017 Genesis G80 Interior
Though we didn’t get the actual interior dimensions, the new
cabin looks larger. This will give its occupants more leg
space. The sedan will accommodate five passengers. In front,
the cabin features a more stylish dashboard with matte gloss
and wooden trim finishes.
The cabin is made of soft-touch materials which are crafted
with excellent attention to detail. Its intuitive and centrally
located scroll wheel and push buttons mimic those on the Audi’s
MMI system. The buttons help the driver toggle through the
navigation system, phone and other functions.
The base model is adequately loaded with features such as
heated front seats with a 12-way power adjustable driver’s
seat, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, tilt and
telescoping steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, paddle
shifters, hands-free trunk opener and Blue Link infotainment
system to name just but a few.
More features are offered on optional basis. The vehicle also
comes with an array of safety equipments such as bolstered
airbags and a package of driving aids.
The base engine of the 2017 G80 will be a carryover of the
current base engine of the Genesis. This is further evidenced
by the ‘3.8” badge on the G80’s trunk-lid. This 3.8 L, V-6
engine is capable of producing 333 hp.
According to credible sources, the automaker will replace the
current normally aspirated 5.0 L, V-8 engine offered optionally
on the Genesis sedan with a twin-turbocharged 3.3 L unit. The
new drive-train is expected to produce around 480 hp. This
engine will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission
system. The engine is currently being engineered by the
automaker’s N performance division.
Hyundai promised to shed more light on the Genesis G80 sedan
engine and other specs at the New York Auto Show in March.
Price and release date
The model is expected to hit the showrooms later in the summer
of 2016. As for the price, Hyundai is yet to make an official
announcement. We expect the automaker to make this announcement
during the New York Auto Show in March but expect the car to
have a starting price of around $ 38,000 MSRP.
Having sold over 100,000 units of the outgoing Genesis sedan in
only 18 months after its launch in 2014, the automaker expects
the incoming G80 sedan to do even better.