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Genesis Australia has finally confirmed pricing and specifications for the G80 sedan, following a two-year hiatus in Australia (when it was badged the Hyundai Genesis).
Essentially a refreshed, renamed version of that model, the G80 will kick off at $68,900 before on-road costs when it hits dealers in June, a $7000 increase over the starting price of the Hyundai-badged version.
Two main trim levels will be offered, both with the option of a Sport Design Pack, which adds $4000.
Standard equipment on the 'base' G80 includes an Australian-tuned version of the Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension (GACS) system, nine airbags (including front and rear outboard thorax and pelvis inflators), 18-inch multi-spoke alloys with machined finish, adaptive bi-LED headlights, LED daytime-running lights, LED fog-lights and tail-lights, 12-way powered front seats with driver's memory, and a power-adjustable steering column.
There's also autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, driver attention monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with stop&go, 360-degree cameras, heated front seats, leather-appointed upholstery, real aluminium trim inserts, a 9.2-inch satellite navigation system with SUNA live traffic updates and 27GB hard drive, a DVD player, Qi wireless phone charging, and a 17-speaker Lexicon by Harman audio system with 900W amplifier and 7.1 channel surround sound.
Oddly, the Genesis' infotainment system isn't compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The company says, though, the next-generation model will definitely offer smartphone mirroring.
Stepping up to the G80 Ultimate (from $88,900) brings 19-inch multi-spoke alloys with grey satin finish, nappa leather upholstery, a suede headliner, enhanced 16-way adjustment for the driver's seat, a smart key card, four-way power adjustment for the rear seats, heated and ventilated seats for the front and rear (outboard), a heated steering wheel, acoustic laminated door glass, a panoramic sunroof, rear door window curtains, soft-close doors, and a powered tailgate.
Rounding out the specification sheet for the Ultimate are a head-up display, a 7.0-inch TFT LCD display for the driver's instrument cluster, Clean Air and CO2 sensor functions for the climate control system, and illuminated scuff plates in the doors. The powered rear bench also removes the base model's ski port and rear overhead lamp/ambient light.
Finally, both the G80 and G80 Ultimate can be had with the $4000 Sport Design Pack (below), which adds bits seen on the G80 Sport overseas.
Highlights include 19-inch multi-spoke alloys in dark grey satin with copper highlights, dark chrome accents, a mesh front grille, a sports body kit, dual oval chrome exhaust tips, stainless steel pedal covers, and bi-xenon headlights in place of the standard full-LED units, removing the adaptive front lighting system.
All versions are powered by a carryover 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated V6 making 232kW at 6000rpm, and 397Nm at 5000rpm.
Drive is sent exclusively to the rear wheels in Australian models, via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain also offers four drive modes – Normal, Eco, Sport and Snow.
The only other cost option is a $3000 panoramic sunroof for the base model.
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2019 Genesis G80 pricing
- G80 – $68,900
- G80 Sport Design – $72,900
- G80 Ultimate – $88,900
- G80 Ultimate Sport Design – $92,900
All prices include LCT, though exclude on-road costs