We Didn’t Think it was Possible but Leaked Images of the 2019 Genesis G90 Reveals an Even Larger Grille
Leaked photos of the updated Genesis G90 have made their way online, giving us a peak of what we can expect from the automaker’s flagship sedan. In the event that you’re not a fan of the big front grilles, now’s the time to look away. The G90 test mule is sporting some serious grille hardware. Not only does it look larger than Genesis’ previous big grilles, but it also takes up nearly the entire space of the sedan’s front area, leaving little real estate space for everything else. If Genesis leaves the grille for the production model, the G90 would arguably have one of the biggest grilles, not only in its segment but across the entire auto industry. Take that for what it’s worth.
Genesis Teases Updated G90 with Redesigned Front End
Launched in 2017 as the company’s flagship sedan, the Genesis G90 is in for a facelift for the 2020 model year. Hyundai’s luxury arm has yet to release an official debut date, but published the first teaser photo, and it seems facelift will be quite extensive.
2020 Genesis G80
Two years after introducing the Genesis G80, a revised and upgraded version of the luxury sedan has been caught testing in Germany. Even with the heavy camouflage, it’s clear that the new G80 is bigger and more identifiable than its predecessor. Genesis will unveil the G80 in 2019, with a market launch scheduled around the last part of the same year.
Genesis has wowed a lot of folks with its full-size luxury sedan, the G90 — including me.
Competing in the space occupied by titans of the industry such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series can’t be easy. Buyers in this segment can be very demanding. They want space, power, and luxury appointments. I’m here to tell you the G90 delivers on all those, and does so at a much cheaper price point than its European rivals.
The last review I did of a Genesis product was the G80 Sport. In that review, I said Genesis is where Lexus was 30 years ago: the scrappy underdog offering a compelling package for a value price. The G90 was its opening shot across the bow of the establishment — including Lexus. All of them should be paying attention.
All Hyundai Dealerships Will Be Eligible to Sell Genesis Vehicles After All
Hyundai’s standalone luxury brand, Genesis, won’t be completely on its own when it launches its new dealership network in the next few years. Recent developments point to a U-turn when it comes to the automaker’s stance on current Hyundai dealers selling and servicing Genesis models in the near future.
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The all-new 2019 Genesis G70 arrives ’manual’ly
Lately, automotive companies have deprived us the opportunity of driving luxury vehicles with manual transmission. However, Hyundai’s premium marque, Genesis, is doing its bit to save the ’tradition.’ The 2019 Genesis G70 debuts in the U.S. and it will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission to quench the thirst of the three-pedal enthusiasts.
The Genesis G70 Thrives Where The Kia K900 Struggles
The new Kia K900 caused a divide here at Top Speed headquarters. Some of us liked the way it looked, but some of us were less thrilled about. By contrast, everyone agreed that the Genesis G70 was designed like a proper luxury sedan. There lies the (perceived) divide between the two saloons. When it comes to all-around design, the G70 takes the cake over the K900.
The Genesis G70 Sedan Finally Made it to the U.S., and it Puts the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class in Check
Genesis launched the G70 in Seoul back in September of 2017, and we’ve been waiting for it to cross the pond so that the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class would have some real competition. Outside of the exterior styling and lush interior, the U.S.-bound G70 comes with the same powertrain options as well – a 2.0-liter that’s good for 252 horsepower or a 365-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6. Like its German competition, rear-wheel drive is the standard configuration while the right option box will get you AWD. There’s even the possibility of a six-speed manual if you get the right model.
Genesis To Get Its Own U.S. Dealership Network
Genesis is looking to separate itself from parent company Hyundai by establishing its own dealership network in the U.S. The move is seen as a way for Genesis to create its own luxury identity, something that it could struggle doing if it remains in the shadow of Hyundai. The Korean luxury brand is putting together a multi-year business roadmap that will create as many as 100 retailers all over the country, covering all of the company’s important luxury markets. In the meantime, the new network will conduct its business in temporary stores or shared facilities.
Almost 30 years ago, Lexus was where Genesis is today. Toyota was trying to make inroads in the American luxury market with an all-new brand, and there was no shortage of critics doubting its likelihood of success. But they kept making great car after great car, turning the industry on its ear.
In that way, the roadmap has already been laid out for Hyundai as it builds its Genesis luxury marque: Ignore the doubters, and keep building great cars. That’s exactly what they have done with the G90 flagship and its little sibling, the G80 midsize sedan.
For 2018, the smaller G80 comes in three flavors: Standard 3.8-liter naturally aspirated V6 good for 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque, “Sport” 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, and brawny 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 rated at 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.
It’s the middle option I’m driving for this review. The G80 Sport impresses as a “just right” mixture of power and refinement — the “Goldilocks” of G80s.
2018 Genesis G70
The Genesis brand was introduced in 2015 as Hyundai’s premium division. The name was derived from the Hyundai Genesis, the company’s full-size sedan, which became the Genesis G80 after the rebranding. Before the G80 debuted, the newly-founded brand introduced the G90, a redesigned, more luxurious version of Hyundai’s range-topping sedan, the Equus. Come 2017 and Genesis introduced its third sedan. Called the G70, it is aimed at the premium compact market, which is currently populated by offerings like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Cadillac ATS.
Part of the company’s plan to roll out several new models by 2020, the G70 is Genesis’ last effort in the car market for the time being, as the Korean brand wants to focus on launching a full SUV lineup too. The G70 is slated to go on sale in the U.S. later in 2017 with at least two engines, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the base model, and a 3.3-liter V-6 in the Sport versions. A diesel is also available in Korea, but we might not see it cross the pond to North America anytime soon. Much like the larger G80 and G90, the G70 comes with a solid package of standard features and promises to deliver best-in-class safety, but more on that in the review below.
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The G80 Proves Genesis Is Off to Good Start
In the beginning, Hyundai created Genesis, a premium label under which the South Korean automaker could sell luxury vehicles without the stigma of its value-driven name historically associated with duds like the Excel and a low-cost-before-all value proposition. Hyundai saw that value was good. Yet, instead of resting solely on those merits, the Genesis division is elevated to loftier goals – goals of uncompromised luxury and performance, while undercutting nemesis brands with less-costly price tags.
Hyperbole aside, Genesis has seemingly achieved that goal. See, I’ve spent a week with the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport, the brand’s mid-size executive sedan fitted with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a stiffer suspension over the standard G80. As a jaded journalist who’s driven plenty of high-end sedans with outrageous power, the Genesis had much to prove. But dadgummit, the G80 is simply impressive. It’s soft and cushy in every way when the drive mode is set to normal. The cabin is church mouse quiet, even over broken roads. And its driving controls are butter smooth, with throttle and brake inputs rewarded with linear responses and the steering on-point, though a bit on the vague side. Select Sport mode, though, and the twin-turbocharged G80 comes alive.
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