Marketed under their luxury brand Genesis, Hyundai unveiled the impressive GV80 concept as a concept fuel cell vehicle two years ago, at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Today, rumors are circulating that we might expect the full production version of the car as early as next year, featuring some of the most advanced technology features on the market.
If the new GV80 lives up to the hype, we might see automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz struggle with Hyundai for dominance in the luxury SUV department. To find out how much we know about the GV80 thus far and what we can expect from the production model in the future, keep reading.
10 It will compete in the midsize luxury SUV segment
According to thekoreancarblog.com's size specs, the GV80 will fit right into the luxury midsize SUV segment, facing off competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE, the BMW X5, and the Audi Q7. The GV80 will hence boast roughly 16.2 feet in length, and about 5'6'' of height.
Luckily the size will be paired with powerful engines and Genesis' trademark upscale leather-clad interior, featuring multiple touch screen panels (the concept shows panels available for back-seat passengers as well) and a many comfort and technology features. To find out which, keep reading.
9 Its Design Will Be Largely Based On The 2017 GV80 Concept
The new GV80's test prototype was allegedly spied at the Nurburgring track, confirming the model will indeed be highly based on the concept car presented at the 2017 New York Auto Show.
And though its defining design features (such as the Quad LED headlight and taillights and and camera side mirrors) are truly captivating, it's not unreasonable to expect them gone in the actual production version of this modern SUV.
8 It Will Feature Many Similarities To Successful Genesis Models
In making the GV80 appealing to the consumers, Genesis is likely to use the same recipe for success as in their amazing G80 and G90 models which currently stand firmly at the top of their segment.
A larger and more robust SUV in the Genesis lineup, the platform the GV80 will use may very well come from the G80. And as both the G80 and the new super luxury G90 offer either a RWD or an AWD system, we can safely expect the new GV80 SUV to do the same.
According to the Korean Car Blog, the new addition to the genesis lineup will come in a 2.5L delivering 304 horsepower and a 3.5L putting out 380 hp. We can expect these engines to be readily available options for the US market. But that's not all, with the current G80 and the flagship G90 using the 420-hp 5.0L V8, there's a good chance that Genesis will be inclined to endow the GV80 with the same 420-horsepower engine option.
If this will be the case, the GV80's engine will also likely connect to a 8-speed automatic transmission. That said, it may take a short while before the GV80 transitions to a hybrid or electric powertrain, or even the concept's hydrogen fuel cell technology.
6 A Diesel Engine Alternative Has Been Confirmed
Aside from the regular petrol engines announced by the Korean Car Blog, the GV80, diesel-heads will likely be able to also choose an optional 3.0L inline-six diesel engine producing a decent 276 horsepower.
However, it's not clear whether this engine will actually make it into the US market as of yet. Fuel economy has always been one of the only real issues in Genesis luxury cars, yet no models yet offer a diesel alternative for the US market. Perhaps this is one of the changes the GV80 will instate.
5 It Will Probably Feature Hyundai's New State-of-the-art Noise Cancelling
Apart from the awesome-looking quad LED headlights and taillights we're all hoping for, we might see the GV80 debut Hyundai's new and improved noise-cancelling software for an even more luxurious cabin experience.
The technology detects any road noise and negates it with inverted sound waves and will target each passenger of the car individually, no matter where they are located in the vehicle.
4 Progressive Infotainment And Gadgets
The cool 22-inch infotainment screen we saw in the 2017 concept will unfortunately probably not make it into the production model.
In fact, latest spy shots of the production prototype show a different but still impressive dashboard-mounted touchscreen panel. The images also provide us with a view of the new large rotary shifter, digital speedometer, and more.
Since we now know that the production version of the GV80 won't stray far from its concept revealed at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the interior might take a lot of inspiration from it as well. However, like is the case with most major car manufacturers, the GV80's cabin is likely to resemble its luxury sedan sibling, the G90, which has just recently been revealed with a new and attractive facelift.
With that in mind, we'll probably see options with wooden accents and leather upholstery surrounding the cabin. However, the model's prototype spy shots showed a much different interior than what the concept car promised. Whether that will be the case remains to be seen.
As of yet, the GV80's pricing remains a mystery. The Genesis' flagship SUV will command on the market will depend highly on its features.
But, using its main competitors such as the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE as a reference, we can throw out a decent guess that the price is going to revolve around $50,000 for the base model. Of course, with optional features, we can expect that number to rise by at least 50%.
1 Release date
Officially, the GV80 still remains in the concept phase. Yes, we've seen images of test models but no official information has been provided by the company about the GV80's debut.
We can, however, expect the car to make a grand reveal at one of the upcoming motor shows. Currently (November 2019), all rumors and reports indicate that Genesis plans to debut the car sometime in the first quarter of 2020 for that same model year.