Genesis launches first SUV coupe
Model gets 27-inch screen, electric supercharger
Genesis has just redesigned its GV80 and introduced the first coupe version of the company’s largest SUV. The updated model gets new power as well as tech that includes a 27-inch dashboard screen.
The Genesis GV80 coupe was revealed in Korea, and it showed a much sleeker take on the big SUV. The SUV coupe design trend is huge right now, with loads of luxury buyers ready to trade some maximum cargo space for a much cooler design. The coupe doesn’t get the full-width LED light bar at the rear we saw on the concept, but it does wear features like a cool duckbill spoiler and mirrors that aren’t the same as the upright SUV’s.
Genesis showed off a facelift for the standard GV80 as well. It gets some new bumper intakes that look more like the nose of the GV70 and a new version of the Genesis two-line lamps. The Coupe has some small changes compared to the SUV, just enough to set the two apart.
The highlight of the interior is a new 27-inch wide screen. The rectangular OLED display includes the dash cluster and infotainment system. HVAC controls sit below the main monitor on a separate screen that combines touch and physical dials. Overall, Genesis hasn’t made huge design changes outside of the new screen, but the GV80 models do get a much more conventionally styled steering wheel instead of the wide oval on the current car.
Genesis says that it has enhanced the interior materials, adding more leather, aluminum, and real wood. The wireless charge pad is in a better spot, and the cup holders are bigger.
A 2.5L turbo-four making 304 hp and a 380 hp 3.5L twin-turbo V6 carry over. The GV80 offers a third choice, a version of that 3.5 that uses a 48V electrically driven supercharger to help reduce boost lag and give it 415 hp. The coupe will also offer a Sports+ drive mode and an active sound design exhaust it says “can replicate the sound of a large-displacement sport coupe.”
Genesis has tweaked its driver-assist features as well. The changes include upgraded cameras and recording features, and updates to lane following, collision avoidance, highway driving assist, and other features.
The models make their first public appearance early next month at Genesis Suji and the Busan International Film Festival. Expect them to go on sale here sometime next year.