Genesis’ flagship EV is starting to take shape

Hyundai’s premium brand Genesis was born just a few years ago and is already bringing some very competitive models to the market. Initially focused purely on luxury and sports sedans, they recently branched out to the SUV market as well.

Now, Genesis has decided to expand its portfolio even further by electrifying its lineup, starting with its flagship sedan. The G80 has already proven to be a capable platform and good value for money. The EV version of the big sedan dubbed the eG80 is said to arrive sometime in 2021 and will appeal to those looking for a luxury EV from a non-mainstream manufacturer.

Drivetrain & Performance

2022 Genesis eG80 Exterior Spyshots
- image 929839

Naturally, since the car is still in camouflage, there is still much we don’t know. As far as the drivetrain goes, there is no data available, so it is unclear at present how much power and torque the electric drivetrain would make. The number of electric motors is also not certain, but the eG80 will most probably be all-wheel-drive.

The question is whether it will have one motor per axle like on the Jaguar I-pace and Porsche Taycan or individual motors on each wheel like some of the upcoming EVs like the Rivian R1T and Lotus Evija.

All we know so far is that the eG80 will have a range of 311 miles (500 km).
2022 Genesis eG80 Exterior Spyshots
- image 929854

The luxury EV sedan will also feature level 3 autonomous driving, also known as “eyes off” driving, which allows the driver to focus on other activities, but up to a certain speed.

Exterior

2022 Genesis eG80 Exterior Spyshots
- image 929840

Just like its ICE-driven version, the eG80 boasts the brand’s signature “Athletic Elegance” design language. The two-piece headlight and taillight design once more make an appearance, as does the diamond-shaped front grille. As expected, on this EV version, the grille is closed, as the electric drivetrain does not need to “breathe” in the same manner an internal combustion engine does.

2022 Genesis eG80 Exterior Spyshots
- image 929846

Despite the camouflage, the lower front fascia does seem to have a lower opening but overall it will have a very similar design to its petrol/diesel-driven counterpart. Since the rims are hidden, the eG80 is expected to feature a unique new wheel design. At the rear, the car seems to be the same, including the marque’s signature two-piece taillights. There is an obvious absence of exhaust tips since they are not needed on an EV. Although the camouflage does not show it, the eG80 is expected to have a model-specific trim which would make it more distinctive from the G80.

Interior

The 2021 Genesis G80 Finally Debuts, We See a Second-Gen Mercedes-Benz CLS Interior
- image 893899

The interior of the eG80 is expected to be the same as the G80. The highly-finished interior will once again feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.5-inch infotainment screen. We might see some new color and possibly material options for the two-tone interior, again specific to the EV version, together with unique to the model trim.

Price

2022 Genesis eG80 Exterior Spyshots
- image 929847

As with pretty much everything surrounding the eG80, prices have not yet been announced. Considering the prices for the normal G80 which are in the $47,000 to $62,000 range and its main competitor in the face of the Tesla Model S ($79,900 – $99,900), prices for the new Korean EV sedan are expected to be around $60,000 - $65,000.

Competition

Tesla Model S

2017 Tesla Model S
- image 890963

When we talk about fast EV sedans, we have to mention the pioneer in the segment – the Tesla Model S. Although not necessarily as luxurious as the Genesis eG80, the Tesla has some strong selling points. Among other things, it has the advantage of being the car that created the segment, to begin with. Even in its base version - the P90D, it a quick car. With all-wheel-drive and combined power of 469 horsepower and 713 pound-feet (967 Nm), it manages a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.1 seconds, despite weighing 4,960 pounds (2,250 kg). It also has a bright and spacious interior and a generous cargo space of 31.6 – 63.3 cubic feet (895 – 1,792 liters). The Tesla also has a slightly better range at 316 miles (509 km). That said, even for the base P90D you have to pay $79,900.

Read our full review on the Tesla Model S

Jaguar I-Pace

2019 Jaguar I-Pace Exterior Wallpaper quality
- image 771201

For around $10,000 less than the Tesla, you can get the first electric Jaguar. The I-Pace is a good amount cheaper, but you also get less of almost everything. Even the top of the range EV400 makes 396 horsepower and 513 pound-feet (696 Nm) which are sent to all four wheels. This is still enough for a 4.5-second sprint to 60 mph, despite the weight of over 4,700 pounds (2,100 kg). You still get a very respectable 298-mile (480 km) range and quite possibly the best interior currently in the segment. The adaptive air suspension allows for an 8-inch (20 cm) rise in right height. You still get generous amounts of space in the interior as well as the 23.2-cubic feet (656-liter) hatchback-style cargo area.

Read our full review on the Jaguar I-Pace

Conclusion

2022 Genesis eG80 Exterior Spyshots
- image 929849

The Genesis brand has already proven that it can compete with some of the best in the premium segment and even beat them in terms of price and standard equipment. With the eG80, the Genesis brand starts the electrification process of its lineup. The standard G80 already offers unparalleled levels of luxury and comfort for its price and its EV counterpart – the eG80 will offer the same for those who want to move with the times or simply want a more eco-friendly luxury vehicle with an element of nostalgia, in the form of simple old-school comfort.

Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read More
About the author

Related Articles

The 2021 Genesis G80 Finally Debuts, We See a Second-Gen Mercedes-Benz CLS

What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: