After the GV80 was released, looks like the attention is returning to the G80 sedan, as we have seen recently more pictures of the EV variant and today we have caught new spy pictures that confirmed the G80 is still testing, but for how long more?
What we know so far about the G80?
According to the last interview of Genesis former Boss Manfred Fitzgerald with Car and Driver, he confirmed. “We will have a brand-new G80 coming out this September in Korea and subsequently on global markets. With that car, you will see the next evolution of our design language,” Fitzgerald added.
As you know, the G80 was delayed and Genesis have launched the GV80 instead, just with the 3.0 Diesel engine. The problem was confirmed and the reason of the delay was many minor issues on the 2.5-Liter Theta III & 3.5-liter Lamdba III Turbo enginee. This engine are set to delivery 286 hp and 380 hp respectively and will use a 8-speed in-house wet DCT transmission.
The delay on the development of this engines will affect several models like the GV80 and G80, but should be fixed at the time of the launch of GV70, G70 facelift and Stinger Facelift. That’s why they decided to move up the GV80 launch (for a SUV it is more easy to sell in Diesel in South Korea while they finish the issues with the Gasoline engines, as the sales of G80 with diesel engines were too low to launch a new genetarion only with a diesel engine available).
The G80 will be the first Genesis car to have an EV variant, that will arrive in 2021. Range or performance have not confirmed yet. After that Genesis will also launch a Mid-sized SUV that will be only electric, as we have informed yesterday. We need to wait a little bit more to discover the new schedule for G80’s third generation release.