Hyundai’s newly established Genesis luxury sub-brand has revealed the first videos showing the G90 (EQ900 in South Korea) that will effectively replace the Equus.
This is more than just a rebadged Equus with some fancy cabin materials and a different exterior design as the G90 comes with a 4.5 inches (115 mm) longer wheelbase, now at 124.4 inches (3160 mm). That frees up a lot more legroom for the rear passengers, while up front the driver and passenger get to enjoy a large 12.3-inch screen part of the infotainment system. There’s a lot more safety & assistance kit, a 22-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, VIP passenger seats, and substantially lower NVH levels.
Underneath the hood we find Hyundai’s brand new 3.3-liter V6 turbocharged gasoline engine that has 365 hp (272 kW) and 377 lb-ft (510 Nm). Just like the familiar 3.8-liter GDI and the larger V8 5.0-liter GDI, it works with an 8-speed auto and sends powers to the rear wheels or to an optional AWD setup. With the turbo engine, the G90 will do the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) task in a decent 6.2 seconds.
Will the Genesis G90 threaten the German dominance in the luxury segment? Probably not, but it’s certainly a viable solution for those in the market to try something different. There’s a lot more to come from the Genesis brand as five additional models will be introduced within the next five years. These include a 3-Series fighter, a mid-size sedan (G80), a large sedan, and two crossovers.