Genesis G80 PHEV caught on testsOctober 3, 2019
It became known that the release of G80 was postponed until 2020.
After we confirmed the delay in launching the long-awaited 3rd generation Genesis G80, today we have very interesting spy shots where you can see the first shots of the GEV PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) option connected to the charging station.
According to a recent Genesis Boss interview with Manfred Fitzgerald with Car and Driver, he finally confirmed. “We will have a new G80, which will be released in September this year in Korea, and then on world markets. With this car you will see the next evolution of our design language, ”added Fitzgerald.
It became known that the release of G80 was postponed until 2020. Now the problem has been confirmed and the cause of the delay has become many small problems with the 2.5-liter Theta III Turbo engine. This engine is tuned for 286 hp. and will be used with the 8-speed DCT transmission. The delay in the development of this engine will affect several models that will also use this engine.
At the same time, Genesis continues to work on creating the entire G80 line, and today we have exclusive shots of the first Genesis luxury brand PHEV, taken while charging at a charging station in South Korea.
The new G80 will incorporate the next-generation Genesis design philosophy, which was introduced on the Essentia concept as well as on the GV80 concept SUV. The new G80 will feature a slim coupé-inspired body design with a fully detached LED headlight system, a pentagonal front grille, a low and long side profile and a sporty rear view design.
Significant improvement will occur in the area of powertrains, while the Hyundai Motor Group will present all this with the introduction of two new engine families. The first will be the 2.5-liter and 4-cylinder Theta III engine, offered with a Twin-Turbo system and an ultimate power of 300 hp. The 3.3-liter gasoline turbojet in the high-performance G80 Sport is expected to change to a new 3.5-liter Lambda III engine with up to 400 horsepower.
There are also suggestions that the 2.2-liter diesel engine will be replaced by the new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. In addition to the internal combustion engine, the new G80 is expected to include some electric powertrain. Some consumers are waiting for the launch of a pure electric car from Genesis, but this is unlikely due to the fact that we have not yet seen a single Hyundai Motor electric car, larger than small or medium-sized cars. Models equipped with a 48V soft hybrid system are more likely to be added to the lineup than pure electric cars.
In addition to keeping up with global car market trends, the G80 is an integral part of the Genesis brand’s entry into foreign markets. The reason for the early entry of the G80 into the European market after the launch of the G80 is that it does not have an explicit presence as the new luxury brand model. The introduction of an electric motor is an important task in order to successfully enter foreign markets, including Europe, which is the home of premium brands.
The new G80 uses weight reduction technology. The existing G80 received good reviews in terms of comfort and luxury, but fuel economy and poor performance due to its large body weight were identified as a problem to be overcome. It is also believed that using a lightweight platform will reduce weight, but is more likely to reduce weight by replacing parts.
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