Genesis Shows GV80 Fuel Cell SUV Concept in New York
Concept Provides “Glimpse” into “Bold Future”
If you want to consider yourself a major player in the luxury space, it’s practically mandatory that you have at least one crossover or SUV model, preferably several. Currently, Hyundai’s upscale Genesis brand offers only two sedans, the G80 and G90. We know a midsize G70 sharing a platform with the Kia Stinger is coming soon. The brand has hinted at an SUV at some point but hasn’t shown a concept, until now. Genesis lifted the cover on its GV80 fuel cell concept at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The brand says the design language on the GV80 Concept provides “subtle glimpses” into the “bold future” of Genesis design.
Although the concept is presented as having a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, we expect the production model to offer a range of conventional internal-combustion powertrains, as well as plug-in hybrid model and possibly an all-electric model. On the outside, the GV80 features wide-set horizontal headlamps flanking the large-mesh Genesis signature grille. Around back, laser fiber optic technology is employed for the taillights. The B- and C-pillars are exposed, allowing both occupants and those outside to see the structural webbing in the pillars. The web motif is extended to the 23-inch wheels, with webbing on the leading edge of the wheel spokes.
The instrument panel combines traditional and contemporary elements with a stylized bezel speedometer and a curved, 22-inch horizontal display sweeping across the middle of the dashboard, providing information and entertainment for both driver and passenger. The multi-function controller in the center console features a knurled metal wheel and a concave Gorilla Glass touchpad with handwriting recognition. Rear passengers get individual touchscreen entertainment systems. The ash wood interior trim provides an “organic” element to complement the other premium finishes.
In terms of a production version of the GV80 coming to Genesis showrooms, we believe it’s more a matter of “when” than “if.” Genesis has already made its intentions clear about offering an SUV model. We expect to see a production SUV from Hyundai’s premium brand in 2019 or 2020.