Genesis_G80_frontAll-new Genesis G80 is the third generation of the South Korean brand’s executive sedan and will arrive in Australia in the second half of 2020.

Styling is impressive, with a Parabolic Line, which the designers tell us, “begins at the front Quad Lamp and gradually runs lower to the rear through the top of the door. This elegant line is counter-balanced by athletic power lines emphasising the strength of fender volume and the up-fitted 20-inch wheels. In addition, the chrome trim beginning from behind the front wheels stretches out along at the bottom of the door, crosses the side sills and swells upwards to the rear, strengthening forward visual motion.”

Genesis G80 features leather seating, steering wheel surfaces, soft-touch fabrics and coatings as well as open-pore wood trim finishes.

The driver’s seat is equipped with an “ergo motion seat function” which has seven air cells. These adjust themselves to give optimum seating for the driving mode you’ve selected. We are told this reduces fatigue via a stretching mode and automatic posture correction functions.

The Lexicon sound system allows passengers to enjoy the vivid sound effects of a concert, such as “Quantum Logic Surround Audience Mode/Stage Mode.


The dual rear-seat touchscreen displays allow rear seat passengers to use video and audio inputs independently.

An automatic, twin-filter air purification system activates an air cleaning mode when cabin sensors detect certain fine-dust thresholds.

Near silent running is important in this upmarket class; the G80 has acoustic glass for the windshield and all doors. Other features are tight door sealing, engine compartment sound insulation. There are even sound-reducing wheel shapes.

Electronically Controlled Suspension looks at the road ahead through a front camera – a system called Road Preview. This further enhances sound reduction as well as ride quality by reducing road impacts. It uses information supplied.

Numerous systems do whatever they can to avoid a crash. Should all else fail there are 10 air bags. An interesting ‘bag is a front-centre airbag which helps prevent contact between occupants in a side impact.

Need to park a Genesis G80 in a very narrow spot? You can drive it remotely from outside using the key fob.

Home Connect (Car-to-Home, Home-to-Car) functionality integrates with smart home technology features and applications. Phone Connectivity including Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Over-the-air, wireless updates to the navigation system.


Three engines are offered; a 2.5-litre turbocharged four with 223 kW, 421Nm; a 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 (279 kW / 530 Nm); and a turbo-diesel 2.2-litre four (154 kW / 441 Nm). It’s likely that all will be imported here.

Australian G80 launch is planned for the second half of 2020. Final specifications and pricing will be made closer to its introduction and we will publish them shortly afterwards.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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