The saloon lineup from Genesis is doing fine but we all know what Hyundai’s luxury arm needs — a large SUV to compete against the BMW X5, Merc GLE and countless others of course! There hasn’t been much of a sign of any appearing anywhere other than at motor shows (the concept SUV of 2017 looked good) until this week when our snapper caught the upcoming GV80 testing in the cold.
Set to debut in 2020, the fancy crossover SUV looks like it may retain the nifty looking diamond mesh grille from the concept and even though the prototype is heavily camouflaged, we like what we can see of the overall shape. If you sense a little hint of Bentley in there then don’t worry, you’re not going mad; Genesis’ design chief Luc Donckerwolke previously had the same role at Crewe... The thin dual LED headlight strips look pretty good but from the profile it looks like there isn’t as much of a slope to the roofline as on the concept and clearly, Genesis has a surprise in store for us at the back of the vehicle and has done its best to keep it a secret judging by the layers of cladding back there hiding the juicy details.
We can only guess what they have planned, a fastback-shaped rear maybe? We reckon it will be powered by the familiar 3.8-litre V6 and ride on a new rear-drive platform (but all-wheel drive would surely be available as well), with an optional twinturbo 3.3-litre V6 and a 5.0-litre V8 — and there’s bound to be a hybrid variant down the line too.
After the GV80 will come the smaller, X3- rivalling GV70 which will likely share the same platform as its bigger brother.