Genesis has finally revealed its first production crossover, the 2021 Genesis GV80, set to be the first of at least two SUVs from the newish luxury brand. At this point only design has been revealed, since mechanical and equipment details are still to be announced. Genesis revealed that the “V” stands for versatility.
In general, the GV80 looks precisely like the concept. It has a similar conventional SUV shape, practically like a Bentley Bentayga, yet not as weary. It holds the concept’s upswept window line and large D-pillar. At the front is the signature Genesis grille that recently appeared on the redesigned G90. It’s actually a little larger than the concept’s. The production GV80 also picks up marker lights on the fenders that continue the design of the headlights just like the new G90.
We additionally get our first look at the GV80’s interior. The steering wheel is a somewhat unique design with one big spoke across the middle. It has a low dashboard with a thin, unbroken air vent that stretches the length of it. The short, wide infotainment screen sits on top of the dash, and the center console rises up and over part of the dash with a set of climate control buttons. The center console has a low-profile shifter knob and an infotainment control knob.
The 2021 Genesis GV80 will be available for sale in South Korea in January, with other markets following. We expect to see more details on engines, equipment and such close to the on-sale date. We know it will use the same platform as the Genesis sedans with rear-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option. It will surely have the same twin-turbocharged V6 available in all the Genesis sedans as well. Whether any other engines, such as the turbocharged four-cylinder from the Stinger and G70 will be offered remains to be seen.