The Genesis G80 debuted just a few years ago in 2017, but it is already set for a full redesign in 2021. Details surrounding the 2021 G80 are still rolling in, but Genesis provided a comprehensive preview that gave us a good look at its new design.
On the outside, the Genesis will boast an all-new look that’ll include a large crest-style grille, Quadbeam headlights with wraparound LED light bars that flow through the front fenders, a long and sleek hood, and large air inlets. Heading toward the rear is a slowly-sloping character line down each side that is counteracted by a slowly rising chrome strip. Around back, the Quadbeam lighting returns on the taillights. Further enhancing the class and uniqueness of the rear end are the bumper-integrated exhaust tips, concave trunk lid fascia, and the coupe-like rear glass.
Inside, the 2021 G80 will focus on visual trickery to widen the cabin. To pull this off, the G80 will use a thinner dashboard with more horizontal lines and wider HVAC air vents. This cabin will also include a 14.5-inch infotainment screen, thinner A-pillars, and an enhanced rearview mirror. The preview images also show the G80 will continue with its luxurious two-tone dark hues and tasteful metallic trim to help it better compete with European luxury models.
The 2021 G80 powertrain lineup sees some changes with the new generation. For the American market, engine options will be cut down to just two as the V8 option has been removed. The entry-level motor is now a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with a power output of 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. From there, it moves up to a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 with 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. The diesel motor will only be available in overseas markets.
The current G80 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ thanks to its “Good” scores in IIHS crash tests, “Good” optional headlights, and “Superior” standard automatic emergency braking. Other standard advanced safety gear includes pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with lane correction. The 2021 G80 will gain semi-autonomous driver assistance technology with Highway Driving Assist and Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, like the new GV80 SUV.