Genesis Shows Off GV80 Crossover in New Photos
Getting the new year off to an exciting start, Genesis finally released the first official photos of its first crossover — the eagerly awaited GV80.
Joining the luxury brand’s three sedans, the GV80 flaunts a sleek and pleasingly proportioned exterior, an available third row, and a new rear-wheel-drive platform that can also be optioned for AWD.
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“Over the last four years, Genesis has established itself as a respected luxury brand with superior vehicle quality and a lineup of class-leading sedans with charismatic and discriminating style,” said William Lee, the executive vice president and global head for the Genesis brand. “With the launch of GV80, Genesis will elevate expectations for excellence within the luxury SUV market.”
The face of the GV80 is characterized by a couple of especially striking features. The enormous diamond-patterned grille first seen on the redesigned G90 sedan is flanked by the brand’s new Quad Lamp headlights, which feature dual horizontal strips of light that wrap around the front. This doubled-up design can also be seen in signature lighting on the front fenders and as part of the taillamps.
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Along the sides of the GV80, a long, symmetrically curved line extends from front to rear atop two shorter curves above each fender, drawing attention to the brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design style. Overall, the GV80’s exterior design is closely related to the original GV80 Concept that Genesis first showed off in 2017.
On the inside of the GV80, notable details include wood and soft-touch materials, a long infotainment screen mounted high on the dash, elongated air vents, simple physical climate controls, a raised center console with a rotating electronic gear selector, and what looks like a two-spoke steering wheel.
Genesis says it plans on releasing more details about its new crossover soon. The GV80 is slated to go on sale in South Korea this month, with global availability to follow later in 2020.
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