Hyundai’s luxury car brand Genesis recently previewed their G80 sedan which is slated for 2017. It boasts an array of advanced tech and safety features as well as 2 powerful yet economical V-type engines.
The brand’s flagship luxury sedan has a bold fascia highlighted by its prominent character lines on the hood, huge chrome grille, Bi-Xenon LED headlights, and Daytime Running Lights. On the side, the G80 boasts flowing character lines that start from the front fender. These run across the upper and lower parts of the doors, all the way to the rear fender. The C-pillar and smooth roofline that flows down to the rear presents the car with a coupe-like profile. To complete the look, the rear portion is finished off with a set of LED taillights and 4 tailpipes.
Inside, the G80 presents a modern cabin fit for those who want to roll in luxury. These include a beige motif, matte wood trims, aluminum accents, and black soft-touch materials. Its headunit has an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with navigation and Android Auto/Apple Carplay compatibility. This system transmits audio through 14 Lexicon speakers with Discrete Logic 7 surround sound and 12-channel amplifier. To conveniently sift through the infotainment menu, a control knob is provided located along the center console.
In addition, the G80 has the Genesis Connected Services, an app-based service feature that can be downloaded and used via smartphone. This feature includes Remote Start with Climate Control that can switch on the engine and air conditioning. There are also such features as Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery to provide help in times of emergencies or theft-related incidents like carnapping.
For safety, the G80 has an Automatic Emergency Braking (EBB) that uses sensors to detect the vehicle ahead when it gets too close, and automatically applies the brakes to prevent a frontal collision. Aside from that, the car has Smart Cruise Control (SCC) that automatically maintains a safe distance from the car ahead in varied traffic conditions. In addition, there’s the Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA) that warns the driver of vehicles approaching from the rear left and right blind spots, thus helping him/her change lanes safer.
The Genesis G80 runs with a choice of either a 3.8L V6 engine that produces 311 hp and 397 Nm of torque, or the more powerful 5.0L V8 that generates 420 hp and 519 Nm. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. The V6, however, can be optioned with an all-wheel-drive system.
As of this writing, Genesis has yet to announce the price of the G80 and if it will ever reach Philippine shores. We hope that Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) would bring their luxury sub-brand here someday so we can get our hands on it.
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