Genesis GV80: Genesis finally launches its first SUV

Genesis GV80: Genesis finally launches its first SUV
The Genesis GV80 was revealed in Miami, Fla. It is the first SUV produced by Genesis USA. (Photo by Jill Ciminillo)

Of course, I climbed into the third-row of the all-new Genesis GV80. I wanted to check out the legroom for sure, but this is also where most automakers cheap out.

Not Genesis. 

The third-row seats get nice stitching accents — though they aren’t quilted like the rest of the vehicle’s seats — with perforation and padding. Even the cup holders and air vents get etched metal surrounds back there.  Plus there’s a decent amount of legroom and audio speakers. 

The third row might actually be an OK place for a small-to-average-sized adult.

The Genesis GV80 only gets better as you move forward. 

Genesis GV80 interior (Photo by Jill Ciminillo)

The interior of the Genesis GV80 is luxurious and spacious with a plethora of elegant finishing touches. (Photo by Jill Ciminillo)

UP-LEVEL FINISHING TOUCHES

The second row gets heated-and-cooled outboard seats, its own HVAC controls and USB charging ports. The vehicle on display had a center bench seat, and from the press materials, it’s unclear whether captain’s chairs would be an option — though we have to believe this is the case. It would be silly of Genesis not to.

The front is a visual delight with soft-touch materials, quilted knee padding on the sides of the center console, large info screens and digital displays. 

The metal etching is carried out on dials, vents and controls throughout the vehicle and make the overall look and feel decadently elegant.

I assume the Genesis GV80 on display is likely the highest-trim vehicle that will be offered, but it is highly likely several of the up-level finishing touches will carry through the entire lineup.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SPECS

Though Genesis gave us an up-close look at the vehicle, they really didn’t hand out too many details or specifications.

What we do know is that the GV80 will be built on a rear-wheel drive platform (all-wheel drive is available), and it will have two engine options: a 2.5-liter, 300-horsepower, 4-cylinder and a 3.5-liter, 370-horsepower, V-6.

Other basic specs revealed include:

  • Length: 195 inches
  • Wheelbase: 116.3 inches
  • Width: 77.8 inches
  • Height: 67.5 inches

SAFETY TECH

Additionally, as Genesis stated in its press release: Safety is not an option.

All Genesis GV80s will come equipped with adaptive cruise control, highway driving assist, forward collision avoidance, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a driver attention warning.

But let’s go back to that adaptive cruise control for a minute. Genesis is calling it: Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning. For me, this is tottering on the line between creepy and cool because this world-first system uses artificial intelligence that enables the GV80 to learn the driving characteristics of its drivers and then mimic their driving habits in autonomous situations. 

LUXURY FOR LESS

Other than that, you can expect the Genesis GV80 to have all the luxury and convenience — for less money — that we’ve come to expect from the Genesis brand.

No pricing has been announced, but journalists at the event were speculating it would cost about $10k more than a Palisade/Telluride but $10k less than its more established luxury competitors. That would likely put it in the high $40k to low $60k range for the entire trim lineup.

The driving preview of this vehicle will likely happen in a couple months, and and the actual vehicle will on sale to consumers starting this summer. So stay tuned for more soon …

Editor’s Note: This first-look at the Genesis GV80 is from an invitation-only automaker launch event that allowed special access to the vehicle and executives. Genesis covered our accommodations, meals and transportation costs.

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  • Mentioning the Palisade/Telluride raises the question whether this is any different from either of them. The only thing noticeable here is that the rear window seems to be a take off from an Escape and a CRV.

    With so many look alike SUVs, what would be exciting would be the debut of a sedan or a coupe. For instance, today I saw a Rolls Royce Wraith in electric blue on top and silver on the sides.

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