It looks like all of this year's motor shows will be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and so carmakers have been revealing their new models online - and here is the latest, the all-new 2021 Genesis G80. The South Korean luxury brand's mid-size saloon looks beautiful and it will continue to compete against its Germany and Japanese rivals not just with those stunning looks but with lots of new tech and kit. However, while Audi, BMW, and Mercedes all have performance versions of their mid-size saloons that produce much greater output, Genesis has not announced a hotter version of the new G80 but the rumours are that it is coming…
The exterior design language is called "Athletic Elegance" while the character line, called the Parabolic Line, starts at the headlights and stretches all the way to the back. According to the carmaker, this line is "counter-balanced by athletic 'power lines'" which help to highlight the fenders and the 20in alloys. The chrome trim that starts at the bottom of the front wheels and continues along the bottom of the doors, going all the way to the rear where it extends upwards further "strengthening forward visual motion" is a nice touch. The sloping decklid looks great too and resembles the fastback design of the Audi A7. Flanking the large crest-shaped mesh grille are the signature double-lined Quad lamp headlights which were first seen on the GV80. In fact, it looks a lot like the SUV from the front - the thing that separates it from the larger family hauler is a lower grille piece that extends the length of the front fascia, accentuated by a silver horizontal grille bar at each corner that provides more depth.
Other lighting elements, such as the side marker lights and LED taillights, continue the horizontal two-bar theme. The sloping rear glass transitions into a tapered decklid but remember, this is not a hatchback - like we said, it is a saloon and that means it has a regular boot. It shares the same rear-wheel drive platform as the GV80 and look at the rims - they are similar to those found on the SUV, too: five-spoke, silver-finished units.
The striking interior features a unique split steering wheel and thin air vents running the length of the dashboard. Buttons and knobs have been kept to a minimum for both aesthetic and ease of functionality reasons. There's a heads-up display along with a 12.3in 3D driver's gauge cluster capable of recognizing the driver's eyes, and a 14.5in infotainment system with the Genesis Integration Controller software for systems like Genesis Quick Guide and Valet mode.
There are also over-the-air updates for the nav system while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard. Below the wide touchscreen are the HVAC controls. The centre column incorporates a rotary dial transmission shifter and a separate "touch-and-write" pad for the infotainment system. Leather seating surfaces and steering wheel trim appear to be standard, as are leatherette dashboard surfaces. There's even open-pore wood trim throughout. Some other features include a Lexicon sound system and ambient mood lighting.
Three engine options will be offered - a new turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder making 300 horsepower, a turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 making 375 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.2-litre diesel four-cylinder with 210 horsepower. The current G80's optional 5.0-litre V8 known internally as the Tau will go away with this generation. Each powertrain will be available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and they will probably be mated exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Now, to those aforementioned rumours. Apparently, Genesis is working on a more powerful version of the 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 to replace the Tau V8. Genesis will not be using Hyundai's N moniker so this new version of the G80 could be called the G80 Sport. The twin-turbo V6 could produce around 420 horses…