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.
There is no mention of the 2021 G80’s powertrain options, but we may see the same lineup of engine options as the current model, albeit retuned for more power in the new-generation model. For reference, the 2020 G80 lineup starts with a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine. From there, it moves up to a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 with 365 hp and a 5.0-liter V8 with 420 hp. The current G80 lineup uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, and this could be replaced by a more advanced nine- or 10-speed unit.
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. Genesis only mentioned the 2021 G80’s advanced safety equipment briefly, stating it will feature new advanced driver assistance systems. This could include semi-autonomous driving technology to better compete against BMW and Mercedes.