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2017 Genesis G90 OVERVIEW
Last year’s Hyundai Equus is this year’s Genesis G90, the flagship sedan for Hyundai’s all-new Genesis luxury brand. Not only does this full-size sedan carry a fresh name, but it's entirely new from the tires up. The G90 is the top vehicle for a premium marque that’s expected to feature no less than six distinct model lines come 2020.
What's New for 2017
The 2017 Genesis G90 would have represented the start of the second-generation Equus, had parent Hyundai not separated its top-tier model to create the Genesis nameplate. Therefore, the G90 is a clean-sheet composition; its sleek countenance advances the brand’s “athletic elegance” design language. As a point of comparison with the Equus, the G90 is 4.5 inches longer between the wheels, but just 1.8 inches longer overall.
Choosing Your Genesis G90
Four trim levels are available with the 2017 G90: 3.3T RWD, 3.3T AWD, 5.0 RWD, and 5.0 AWD.
The base engine is an all-new 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine making 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, this model gets an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Also available is a 5-liter V8 engine making 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine is also paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and gets 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
All Genesis G90 models come very well equipped, featuring full LED headlights with available dynamic bending light technology, power side mirrors with Genesis logo puddle lamps, and sophisticated LED tail lights. Inside, each model offers premium leather seating, genuine matte-finish wood trim, and advanced technologies, including a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system and a 12.3-inch HD navigation system.
There are no packages or accessory items available on the 2017 Genesis G90. Instead, any add-ons are realized by choosing the appropriate trim level.
Prices do not include a $950 destination freight charge.
If it comes down to engine choices, our pick would be the V6. It offers comparable power to the V8 with a nice twin-turbo kick for passing on the highway. However, you’ll also lose out on a long list of added features only found with the V8 editions.