A prototype of the 2020 Genesis G80 has been filmed in the midst of testing in Germany, clad in thick camouflage in an attempt to obscure its identity or, at least, most of the details.
Our spy photographers have snapped prototypes of the new G80 in the past, previewing a new design that will make the vehicle radically different to the current model.
Up front, the new G80 will feature intriguing twin horizontal headlights on either side as well as a triangular-shaped front grille. These two new design elements were first previewed by the GV80 SUV Concept back in 2018 and look set to split opinions, but are sure to give the luxury saloon character. The new Genesis G90, unveiled last year, also featured this triangular front grille and many readers were less than impressed by it – but to each, their own…
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The rear of the new-age G80 will also be drastically different than the outgoing model and feature taillights somewhat similar in design to the headlights, as well as twin tailpipes.
Speaking about the 2020 G80 earlier this year, Genesis chief executive Manfred Fitzgerald confirmed that it won’t be offered with a V8 engine. This may disappoint some potential customers, as the current model is sold with a 5.0-liter V8 pumping out 420 hp and 383 lb-ft (519 Nm) of torque, but the company is in all likelihood embracing downsizing for this model as well.
We believe the range-topping engine of the new G80 will be a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 pumping out 365 HP and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque. This powertrain has less grunt than the V8, but it is more fuel-efficient. That being told, we’ll have to wait until the specs come out, as the final figures could be different. Not that almost 370 horses is anything to be sniffed at anyway…