Luxury brand Genesis rings in the new year with some official photos of its first crossover, the GV80.
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UPDATE, Jan 15 2020: The GV80 has now been revealed in full. Details and official images here.


Genesis has released official photographs of its upcoming GV80, the brand’s first crossover.

Based on the same platform as the upcoming, second-generation G80 sedan, it's set to launch in South Korea this month with exports commencing later in the year.

We’ve already seen the GV80, inside and out, thanks to a series of leaked photographs and spy shots.

These photos come straight from Genesis, however, and reveal an elegant crossover that closely resembles the GV80 Concept from the 2017 New York motor show.

Up front, the production GV80’s crest-shaped grille has lost the concept’s two-tiered, fanged appearance. The diamond shapes in the insert are also larger.

Though they’re still bisected, the headlights have a larger, more conventional appearance than the concept’s. There are also new bisected side indicators that line up with the headlights.

The profile is reminiscent of the Bentley Bentayga, while a pronounced crease gently arcs along the side of the car, giving the GV80 a sleeker, more athletic appearance than rivals like the BMW X5.

The GV80 will be sized similarly to the X5, measuring 4945mm long and 1975mm wide.

Genesis didn’t release a photo of the rear, though we can see there are bisected taillights that match the lighting elements up front.

An earlier leaked photograph confirmed the GV80’s taillights won’t be full-width like the refreshed 2020 G90 sedan but, like the G90, Genesis will be spelled out across the boot lid.

Genesis’s first SUV is a handsome beast, though occupants of the optional third row may object to the upswept window line aft of C-pillar.

The interior has a pleasantly minimalist aesthetic. There's a low dashboard with an air vent stretching, unbroken, across it.

The infotainment system protrudes from the top of the dash and looks to be particularly wide. It’s controlled by a knob on the centre console, located next to a dial shifter for the transmission.

Some physical controls remain on the dashboard, including knobs for the climate control.

While Genesis has yet to reveal technical details of the GV80, an earlier report indicated the range will come with three engines.

The entry-level engine will be Hyundai’s new Theta-III 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 226kW.

Next is the new Smartstream 3.5-litre turbocharged V6, the next-generation version of the 3.3-litre used in the Genesis G70 and Kia Stinger. It produces 283kW and 529Nm.

Finally, the GV80 will feature the brand’s first six-cylinder diesel. The new 3.0-litre turbodiesel inline-six produces 207kW and 588Nm.

One or more of these engines will be mated to an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The GV80 will also be available with either rear- or all-wheel-drive.

Genesis will undoubtedly reveal more information later this month. They did confirm one detail, however – the “V” in GV80 stands for “Versatility”.

Once the fledgling Korean luxury brand has launched the GV80, it can turn its attention to its next two debuts: the second-generation G80 sedan and the BMW X3-rivalling GV70 crossover.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for the latest.

UPDATE, Jan 15 2020: The GV80 has now been revealed in full. Details and official images here.