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2020 Genesis GV80 spied

Luxury brand's first crossover looks to be nearing the launch pad, and will likely share its underpinnings with the next-generation G80 sedan.
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The Genesis GV80, the company's first production crossover, has been spied undergoing testing on public roads in Germany.

Although this GV80 prototype is wearing camouflage all over, as well as some tight-fitting black clothes, we can see it is heavily inspired by the GV80 Concept from the 2017 New York motor show.

Given the level of disguise, it's hard to say exactly how many of the show car's styling elements are carried over to the production vehicle, although we can already see some poking through.

Up front, the GV80 will feature the brand's new pentagonal grille, like the one seen on recent concepts and the facelifted G90. There's also a thin strip housing the LED headlights, and this could be joined below by another thin band for the driving lights and indicators.

At the back, there two tail-light strips on each side. It's not clear if they will live independently or meet up in the middle, like in the updated G90.

The GV80 is expected to share its rear-wheel drive underpinnings with the next-generation G80 sedan, which was last spied about a year ago and will be radically restyled.

As the G80 is sized to compete with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the GV80 will be pitched into battle against the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Genesis has yet to reveal which engines it will offer in the new GV80. Depending on the market, the current G80 is available with a selection naturally-aspirated V6 engines, as well as a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, a 5.0-litre V8 and a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6.

Most of these engines should be carried over, but rumours indicate the V8 may go the way of the dodo.