Price is up by $2,650 compared to the old Hyundai Genesis, but you do get more standard goodies.
Now a standalone premium brand, Genesis is getting ready to take orders in United States for the G80, formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis. Compared to the previous model year, price is up by $2,650, which means you will have to pay $41,400 (plus $950 destination charges). The difference is justifiable to some extent since the 2017 G80 has more standard equipment, with focus being on safety kit.
You’ll be getting systems such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection (with rear cross-traffic alert), lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and high beam assist without having to pay more. In addition, the Genesis G80 features standard adaptive cruise control (with stop/start), nine airbags, 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and an electronic parking brake with auto hold.
In terms of engines, buyers get to pick from a 3.8-liter V6 that can deliver its 311 horsepower to the rear axle or to an all-wheel-drive layout for an additional $2,500. If you need more power, Genesis also has a 5.0-liter V8 with 420 hp, but keep in mind the model fitted with the beefier engine is RWD-only and starts at $54,550 (without destination charges).
Likely arriving for the 2018MY, the G80 Sport is expected to use Hyundai’s new biturbo 3.3-liter V6 borrowed from the larger G90, as seen in the 2017 G80 Sport for the South Korean market. The latter in KDM guise is offering 370 hp (272 kW) and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm), so look for similar if not identical specs from the U.S. version.
Getting back to the 2017MY, those willing to spend more can go for the $4,750 Premium Package which adds a 14-speaker Lexicon sound system, panoramic sunroof, power rear sunshade, and ventilated front seats. Genesis also has an optional $4,200 Ultimate package which bundles plushier leather upholstery, a head-up display, power trunk lid, 9.2-inch touchscreen, 17-speaker Lexicon audio setup, and a fancy matte wood trim, just to name a few.
Despite being more expensive than the now defunct Hyundai Genesis, the G80 is still cheaper than segment rivals such as the BMW 5-Series which begins at $50,200. It’s also more affordable than the $52,150 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the $45,615 Lexus GS, and the $46,200 Audi A6. All prices exclude destination and handling fees.
The 2017 Genesis G80 will be available in United States from September.