In 2015, when Hyundai announced a luxury spin-off under the name of Genesis, it didn’t have models that were built ground-up under the new badge. The first one, the G90, was essentially the Centennial, redesigned and rebadged as a Genesis. The second, the G80, was again a refreshed, mildly upgraded version of the erstwhile Hyundai Genesis saloon. In fact, the first all-Genesis model was last year’s G70 compact saloon.

This week, our spy photographer has spotted what appears to be a major update to the G80 being tested. Although the prototype is camouflaged, you can still see some significant styling changes compared to the current model. The proportions seem to be similar, but the short front overhang, long bonnet, rakish windshield and a swooping roofline all combine to give it a sleeker profile than the model it will replace. Beneath the camouflage, you can see the redesigned front grille, which appears to be triangular like the one previewed in the Essentia coupe concept earlier this year. This could also mean the next G80 heralding a new family face for the Genesis range.

As for powertrains, the current 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6, and 5.0-litre V8 might be carried over, although a range-topping plug-in hybrid variant is a possibility. We expect the updated G80 to go on sale late next year as a 2020 model, and going by the brand’s strategy so far, it should be priced quite competitively.