- a camouflaged version of the next-generation genesis g80 has been spotted testing.
- the sedan in these photos teases the luxury brand's future styling direction, with inspiration from its gv80 crossover concept.
- genesis has also confirmed that the next g80 will not have a v-8 engine, which is offered on the current model.
the next-gen genesis g80 mid-size luxury sedan should look wildly different and usher in a new era of design for genesis when it's officially revealed. but until hyundai's budding luxury brand peels back the wrapper on the camouflaged test car in these photos, we can only examine the major exterior revisions.
the upcoming g80, which we expect to see uncloaked next month, clearly draws inspiration from the genesis gv80 suv concept. (the production version of that mid-size suv should debut soon, based on these spy photos.) the sedan boasts the same stacked and slotted headlights and taillights worn by the suv, and it also bears a similarly stately grille design. in fact, the disguised g80 has lots of presence and could easily be confused for a future bentley or rolls-royce if we didn't know better.
the new genesis sedan appears to be lower and wider than the current version. it sports a sleeker roofline with a more steeply raked a-pillar up front and a fatter c-pillar out back, which now smoothly tapers into the decklid. judging by the trunk lines and fixed rear window, the g80 will remain a conventional sedan and won't morph into a four-door hatchback à la the porsche panamera.
the outgoing g80 has a rigid shape with strong character lines stamped into its bodywork, but its replacement looks to scale back on the creased surfaces. instead, its face stretches out wider and now sharpens to a point. the next g80 also has broader shoulders that cascade into curved side surfacing. a set of black markings on the wrapped front fenders hint at air vents, and the car's dual exhaust tips are a notable change from the old quad-tip setup.
while these spy photos don't provide any information about the g80's performance or powertrain, we know there will be changes under the hood. genesis has already said that it will not offer a v-8 engine on the next-gen model. the equivalent range-topping engine will be a turbocharged v-6. the 420-hp 5.0-liter v-8 that's currently available on the g80 and the genesis g90 sedan will eventually be put out to pasture.