It’s looking as if the US isn’t even getting the Korean-spec Genesis executive sedan, let alone the 365 hp G80 Sport for the 2017 model year. No, instead we have the opportunity to buy the 2015 Hyundai version of the Genesis Sedan with some new badges and a revised list of standard features in order to warrant the price increase from being under $40k to around $42k.
Here is the front end of the new Genesis G80. Notice the plastic-bling front trim that we are seeing added on to EVERY SINGLE VEHICLE that has been updated for the 2017 model year.
Now look at the lower grill on the model above and you’ll notice that this is identical to the current Hyundai. No revision except the headlamps. Though you need to remember that the US spec has different housings for the turn indicators, like so:
There are also some slight tweaks to the rear “diffuser” and center-mounted brake indicator. Other than those traits there isn’t anything you’ll be crying over, however the US isn’t getting any of the updates which means we will end up having a “facelift” coming up on a vehicle that was just renamed! Great...
The Korean Genesis G80 also receives some slight material changes in trim and an update to the analog clock. But the biggest difference is the monostatic gear shifter that is much like the unit found in the flagship G90 Sedan.
The US is getting the exact same interior as the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan, including the traditional PRND shifter (which is good) and the same old materials and clock.
The US will NOT be getting is the rear entertainment system. Doubt anyone in the US would check the option for it unless they just want it with all the bails and thistles, so no big deal having that option ditched. Though, it could popup in the future depending on sales and reception.
Another large difference are the powertrain options. The Korean-spec has a 3.3L V6, the 3.8L V6, and a twin-turbo version of the 3.3L V6 available. The naturally aspirated 3.3L seems to be down on power perhaps due to fuel economy/emissions tuning or the drivetrain switch. It appears to be rated at 278 hp and 255 lb-ft instead of the 293 hp we find in all the FWD-based vehicles here in the US. The 3.8L V6 is the same 311 hp and 293 lb-ft we know so well.
The very exciting Genesis G80 Sport has a twin-turbocharged 3.3L V6 that is said to be rated identically to the G90's 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. It has quite a few exterior tweaks as well. AWD is available with the 3.8L and 3.3T variants, but I’m not sure about the NA 3.3L version.
Now, here is the US Genesis G80. Again, notice that it has the same old exterior. Our G80 is available with the 3.8L V6 in both RWD and AWD forms. We also get the return of the 5.0L Tau V8 which was discontinued in the US for the 2016 model year (according to the configurator) but apparently is making a return again as a fully loaded, RWD-only model. It’s nice to have a second chance to have that 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque producing all natural V8.
I’m pointing these things out because I have been geographically blocked from all non-US Genesis Motors websites, so I can’t checkout what the cars are ACTUALLY supposed to be like. All I can tell you is expect the “real” Genesis G80 to pop up in the US in another year, right after the Genesis G80 Sport arrives in the US and causes the V8 option to be discontinued once again after a single model year.
If you can access the korean Genesis Motors website, let me know what you see there. Thank you!