Back on New Year’s Eve 2019, Genesis announced their first-ever SUV, the 2021 GV80. The goal is to bring versatility to the Genesis lineup and create a new image of luxury. The vehicle has now been officially announced in the U.S. and it's looking like a strong contender in the ever-growing SUV segment. Early indications suggest the GV80 will compete with vehicles such as the BMW X5.
The overall design for the 2021 GV80 is simplistic, with Genesis attempting to “highlight the beauty of whitespace.” The exterior design is smooth, with one main body line spanning the length of the vehicle and connecting the rectangular headlights to their taillight counterparts. The Genesis shield logo is reflected through the large crest grille that is the centerpiece of the front end, similar to its G70, G80, and G90 sedan siblings.
The cabin sports a minimalistic yet technology-focused style. The dash has few buttons, a rotating electronic gear selector, a large 14.5-inch touchscreen, and slender air vents that run the width of the interior. Technology and comfort will also extend to the second-row with available features such as heated, ventilated, and power reclining seats for back passengers.
The 2021 GV80 comes with two powertrain options: a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 3.5 twin-turbocharged V6. The former puts out 300 horsepower while the latter is capable of over 370 horsepower. These 2.5T motor will be paired with standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive while the 3.5T comes solely with all-wheel drive. Electronically controlled suspension along with Road Active Noise Cancellation (RANC) will provide for optimal ride conditions.
The GV80 comes equipped with a wide array of safety technology including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitors, driver attention alert warning, and more. The G70, G80, and G90 sedans have all been named IIHS Top Safety Pick+ recipients so we expect the 2021 GV80 to follow in their footsteps.