Hyundai’s stand-alone Genesis oppulance code launched with dual sedans, though in today’s SUV-obsessed world, no brand, oppulance or otherwise, can live on sedans alone. So we can substantially speculation what’s entrance subsequent from Genesis. Enter this GV80 concept.
It has been reported that today’s nascent Genesis code will grow by 2020 from dual models to six. Two of those 6 will be SUVs: a mid-size oppulance SUV (think BMW X5) and an entry-level oppulance SUV (à la X3). This GV80, a adorned application car that in judgment form has a spirit of a Bentley Bentayga, previews a former.
That’s no coincidence. Mere months before rising a Genesis code in Nov 2015, Hyundai snatched Bentley arch engineer Luc Donckerwolke from a British luxury-car maker, where he had led a Crewe group given 2012. Even some-more than CEO Manfred Fitzgerald, it’s Donckerwolke who contingency pierce Genesis past a flourishing heedfulness and give a code an identity. While a G80 and G90 sedans are attractive, they’re during best general and during misfortune a hotchpotch of informed pattern cues, with no birthright to gaunt on as inspiration. Donckerwolke thinks a GV80 is a car that could solve that conundrum.
It doesn’t matter what powers a GV80 (in theory, it’s a hydrogen fuel-cell plug-in hybrid). Genesis wants to infer it’s able of nailing a ethereal change of proportion, aspect detail, and superb materials regulating a possess language. The line unconditional above a flush doorway handles doesn’t simply finish during a back flanks, it hangs a U-turn, angles downward, and fades into a back doors. Check out a scarcely low cutline on a front fender-below a Volvo-like skinny headlights-which allows an uninterrupted, winding front fascia to seamlessly mix with a reduce atmosphere intakes. The fact is only as overwhelming here as on a Bentley Continental. But, while Bentley’s high-temperature combining routine would put Genesis approach over budget, Donckerwolke told C/D that his group is looking during newer methods to move this pattern to production.
Other sum uncover a pattern group bowing to restraint, as they went with a some-more squared-off, normal roofline that should means some-more interior space than in smart SUV “coupes.” The 23-inch wheels have partly vented spokes that compare a crosshatch patterns of a pure B- and C-pillars (an thought pioneered by Volvo in 2001 with a Safety Car Concept, or SCC, that didn’t go into production). Up front, a hood kindly slopes into a V-shaped chrome grille with an elaborate diamond-patterned mesh. Slit taillights regulating laser-lit fiber optics relate a headlights.
Inside, there’s a leather-lined stitched dash, aluminum trim, and charcoal wood. The approaching oversize infotainment and instrument-cluster screens are rendered as a singular 22-inch-wide organic LED separate between motorist and passenger. The steel inlays on a core smoke-stack are hold capacitive; they’re shortcuts to entrance several infotainment functions and can be customized. Located during a corner of a armrest, a knurled steel circle surrounds a potion touchpad that supports rotating, tapping, swiping, and pinching gestures. The core console extends to a back seats, any of that facilities touch-capacitive infotainment controls. The GV80 interior-which has room for 4 and no more-strikes us as a Korean chronicle of a long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography.
Genesis hasn’t hinted about any timeline for production, though this vehicle—or positively one like it—is coming. When it does, design a genuine GV80 to grow normal side-view mirrors, a third row, and other family-friendly features. And afterwards a small sibling.