The Genesis G80: Hyundai’s Luxury Sedan

We are all used to the fact that Hyundai produces low-cost cars that are famous for their quality and reliability.

However, many people somehow forget that the manufacturer has been producing luxury cars under the Genesis brand for many years. Yesterday, Genesis’ lineup was officially supplemented with the new G80 sedan. The release of this vehicle can not only remove the stigma of the manufacturer with low-cost products, but even change priorities in the luxury car market.

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The new Genesis G80 is designed in the same style as the GV80 SUV introduced a few months earlier: the same headlights, radiator grille and body elements. In short, Hyundai has finally found its own perfect design language that will be used for all Genesis’ cars. However, we are not speaking about this today, because the most interesting thing is inside this car. The company’s engineers have invested not only a lot of time and money in this sedan, but they have also put their heart into it. This is exactly what Genesis’ cars were so much lacking.

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With the debut of the new G80, Hyundai said goodbye to boring naturally aspirated engines, namely a 3.3-liter V6, a 3.8-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8. The units were replaced by three completely new engines. A 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine is the first on the list. It produces 210 hp and 450 Nm. It is followed by a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder T-GDI, which produces 305 hp and 420 Nm. And last but not least, a top-end 3.5-liter V6 T-GDI, which produces crazy 375 hp and 530 Nm. However, the beauty does not end with numbers. The fact is that each engine can be purchased with both FWD and AWD drivetrains. All powertrains are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Speaking about the car's equipment, it is worth noting that the G80 is equipped with full LED headlights and taillights, ten airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control Function, Hill Start Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist.

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Inside, there are a 14.5-inch display of the Genesis infotainment system, an 8-inch TFT LCD cluster, a touch-type air conditioning panel, and a tri-zone automatic climate control. The standard audio system includes 9 speakers, but you can order the Lexicon Sound Package with an 18-speaker system.

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A number of additional options also include 18-way Ergo Motion front seats with ventilation, heating and massage. The company does not forget about rear-seat passengers: an additional package includes two separate entertainment displays, seats with ventilation and heating, as well as a multifunctional armrest. The G80 is also equipped with front and rear USB ports. If desired, you can change the usual roof to a panoramic one.

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Customers can also choose one of three interior designs, which are presented in 5 different colors.

Well, the new Genesis G80 is not as expensive as it might seem, including all that is listed above. The price for the standard version with a 2.5-liter petrol engine starts at about $43,000.

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