The new Genesis GV80 will receive a brand new three-dimensional instrument cluster created by German auto parts manufacturer Continental – and it won't require 3D glasses to view.
UPDATE, August 19 2020: Australian pricing for the 2021 Genesis GV80 has now been confirmed. Details here. The rest of this review remains unchanged.
Continental says the incoming top-spec variant of the GV80, Genesis's first production SUV, will be the first production model to receive its new technology, which displays three-dimensional scales, pointers and objects (like a stop-sign warning) in the driver's line of sight.
To ensure accuracy, Continental's interior camera detects the driver's viewpoint and adjusts the displays according to individual head position. The camera is also able to detect driver fatigue, as well as identify if the driver is spending too much time focusing on the cluster.
A Genesis spokesperson confirmed to CarAdvice that incoming Australian GV80 models – expected to arrive mid-year – will feature the 3D technology.
Continental's display is able to function without the need for special 3D glasses by using slanted slats that divide the image into two different, slightly offset views, giving the three-dimensional effect.
Continental says work is already under way on a second-generation unit capable of integrating all the car's displays into a single control centre, which can then be configured to the driver's tastes.
This isn't the first time Genesis has explored the use of 3D imaging in its cars, with Genesis confirming that Korean G70 models are available with a 3D stereoscopic instrument display as an option, although the technology hasn't yet made it to Australia.
It's not yet clear how the Continental unit varies from the existing unit used in the G70, if at all. CarAdvice has reached out to Continental for clarification.
The GV80 is set to touch down in Australia around July 2020 and will feature a 14.5-inch split-screen centre display and augmented reality navigation, which displays virtual driving guidelines over live driving images.
"Video taken by the front-mounted camera will be displayed on the infotainment screen, and the optimal driving path will be displayed in a virtual graphic so that the driver can drive along the route easily and accurately," the company has said of the navigation system.
Three engine variants will be available here: a petrol 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6, and a diesel 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six.
Australian GV80 pricing is yet to be revealed, but in North America the range will start at USD$49,925 (AU$82,970).