- The 2021 Genesis G80 is now available for pre-order on the brand’s website.
- The G80 will offer a turbo 2.5-litre four and a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6; standard AWD.
- The sedan will go on sale later in 2020, with pricing to be announced at a later date.
The 2021 Genesis G80 made its official debut online at the end of March, with an all-new design, new technology and new powertrain choices. And now, Canadian luxury car shoppers can now pre-order the midsize sedan on the Genesis Motors Canada website.
The new G80’s body uses a fair amount of aluminum, which reduced the car’s weight by about 125 kilograms (276 pounds) compared to the previous-generation G80, which actually started its career as the second-gen Hyundai Genesis for the 2015 model year.
Along with the elegant fastback profile penned by the brand’s stylists led by Luc Donckerwolke—who has since left the company—the 2021 Genesis G80 boasts a resolutely posh cabin with wood panelling on the dashboard, chrome switchgear and available Nappa leather upholstery. Also available are an 18-speaker Lexicon surround sound system and a 14.5-inch infotainment touchscreen.
“From its distinctive quad lamps to the signature Crest Grille, the all-new G80 brings a new era of Athletic Elegance in design as the new centerpiece of our sedan lineup, representing the clearest interpretation of the brand identity yet,” stated Brand Director of Genesis Motors Canada, Richard Trevisan.
Under the hood of the 2021 Genesis G80 will be a standard turbocharged, 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that will develop 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drivetrain. Buyers can also opt for a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 good for 375 horses and 391 pound-feet.
The G80 shares many components with the equally-new 2021 Genesis GV80, the brand’s first crossover vehicle. The sedan will go on sale in Canada in the second half of 2020, once again positioned between the compact G70 and the full-size G90, and more details such as pricing and standard features will be announced at a later date.
The Genesis brand’s Canadian sales have been timid so far, delivering 1,525 units across the country through the course of 2019, which represented an increase of 5.8% over 2018. During the first quarter of 2020, sales dropped by 17.8% year-over-year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but it’s a better result than the industry-wide 34.5% nosedive passenger-car sales took during the same period.
Like all of the brand’s models, the 2021 Genesis G80 will be available for test drives directly at home, thanks to the Genesis at Home concierge service. As a matter of fact, shoppers can ask Genesis to arrive on their doorstep to check out the car up close and take it for a spin, while purchase and delivery is also performed at home.