We have some fresh spy shots of the upcoming 2020 Genesis GV80. The luxury SUV has been spotted testing in the Alps while towing the BMW X5. Taking into account that the Bavarian popular SUV is going to be one of the biggest rivals of the Genesis’ future mid-size SUV, the broken X5 is definitely one pretty good commercial for the GV80. Still, the mere haulage of the opponent over the mountain isn’t enough for us to declare the winner. No, the Korean carmaker will have to do a lot more before we even reconsider the 2020 Genesis GV80 as a worthy competitor of the X5.
Anyway, the all-new GV80 promises a lot. Based on these fresh spy shots that reveal more from previous, the SUV could be an interesting option to buy. The prototype rides on quite big five-spoke alloy wheels and sports a pair of large exhaust tips. Still, we are not so sure about the exhaust. It might be fake, don’t you think so?
The muscular SUV with a rounded design, rakish windscreen, and a slightly sloped roof is most definitely getting quad headlights at the front. There’s also a shield-like grille in the center, while the front bumper sports large air inlets, as well as a pair of vertical intakes at corners. We can’t see what’s happening around back since the prototype gets heavy wrapping there.
Truth to be told, we haven’t seen the cabin of the luxury SUV so far. However, the 2020 Genesis GV80 will most probably borrow most of the things from the Genesis G90. More precisely, the mid-size crossover will get the same infotainment system matched with a large touchscreen. Of course, the upscale model will combine some high-class materials such as real wood and leather. The 2020 GV80 will sport a different steering wheel though. Yes, the driver will hold an interesting two-spoke steering wheel.
So far, Genesis hasn’t explained what’s underpinning the mid-size SUV. Some reports claim that the model uses a stretched version of the Santa Fe’s architecture, while others mention Palisade’s bones. Personally, we are pretty sure that the all-new model rides on pretty much the same platform as the G80. If so, then you can expect standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.
Regarding engines, the 2020 Genesis GV80 will be offered with several options without any doubt. The carmaker will give a shot with a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that pumps out 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of twist. Reportedly, there’s a new 3.5-liter V-6 in cards, as well as a plug-in hybrid variant. Just don’t expect the company’s 5.0-liter V8 anywhere near the hood of the SUV, because that’s not going to happen for sure.
The luxury mid-size crossover will be officially introduced this fall, so it should hit dealerships in early 2020.