The 2020 Genesis GV80 has arrived as the company’s first-ever SUV after weeks of leaks and teasers. It joins the G70, G80, and G90 in the company’s current range.
Genesis offered the world a glimpse of the GV80 with the launch of a concept back in 2017. Much to the surprise of many, the production-spec SUV remains quite faithful to the design of the concept. Viewed from the front, it’s impossible to ignore the triangular-shaped front grille and the split headlights of the concept, albeit enlarged for the production model.
Spin around to the side of the GV80 and other striking parts include a large piece of trim on the front wheel arches as well as a pair of sharp lines stretching along the doors and continuing through to the flanks of the SUV. Pointed rear side windows like the concept are also particularly striking. At the rear, the GV80 includes split taillights similar to the headlights, a small spoiler stretching off the roof, and a subtle lip spoiler on the trunk lid. There’s also a huge Genesis designation in between the taillights.
There’s also a widescreen infotainment screen placed on the dashboard.
Genesis is particularly proud of how quiet the cabin of the GV80 is thanks to the development of a road-noise active noise control system that analyzes road noise in real-time and generates sound waves of the opposite phase in just 0.002-seconds.
Elsewhere, the South Korean automaker has fitted the SUV with 10 airbags as standard including a front seat center-side airbag aimed at reducing head injuries in the event of passengers hitting heads in a side-on impact. Other key safety features of the GV80 include smart cruise control, front collision avoidance assistance, rear side collision avoidance assistance, a highway assist system, and driver’s attention warning.