The G80 isn’t a completely new model as it is essentially a rebadged version of the second-generation Hyundai Genesis, which has been on sale since the 2015 model year.
It’s now serving as the mid-size entry at Genesis, as opposed to Hyundai. It joins Genesis’ full-size entry, the G90, which was launched at the start of the year. Both the G80 and G90 arrive as 2017 models.
Currently, it will display just two models, the G80, which replaces the Hyundai Equus, and the G90. Soon, though, they will be joined by an additional four models.
These include a BMW 3-Series rival, expected to wear the G70 moniker, that was previewed by the New York Concept, a sport coupe and two SUVs.
The base G80 is equipped with a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also opt for a 420-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to the same transmission.
A long list of standard safety features on the G80 includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection, lane keeping assist, a rearview camera and smart cruise control.
Options include a head-up display and a 14-speaker Lexicon audio system.
The G80 also features standard Bluetooth, Sirius XMRadio, HD Radio and iPod/USB auxiliary media input jacks.