Genesis officially launched the GV80, its first sport-utility vehicle, in Seoul. GV80 introduces a variety of firsts for the Genesis brand, including a six-cylinder diesel (nNot available in the US market); electronically controlled suspension with road preview; and Road Active Noise Cancellation. The launch event and media test drive took place at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) west of Seoul.
The production GV80 realizes the vision of the GV80 Concept first shown at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.
GV80 is based on a unique rear-wheel-drive platform; all-wheel drive is optional. GV80 will launch in the home market of South Korea with a Genesis-exclusive, 278-ps 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine. Maximum torque is 588 N·m. When equipped as a five-seat model with 19-inch wheels, the rear-wheel-drive diesel GV80 variant returns 11.8 km/l (27.7 mpg US).
Two turbocharged gasoline engines will be available in the GV80 in the US market.
GV80 models equipped with all-wheel drive in the US will feature an electronically controlled Limited Slip Differential at the rear axle.
Electronically controlled suspension with road preview, another Genesis first, helps provide passengers with optimal ride comfort by recognizing information on the road ahead in advance via the front camera.