NEW YORK, NY: Genesis made a bold statement of where its model line is headed with the world reveal of the GV80 Concept SUV at the New York International Auto Show.
Marking the Korean brand’s first SUV, a luxury one at that, the GV80 features a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric propulsion system.
When Genesis became its own luxury brand within the Hyundai family, it created a design language called Athletic Elegance.
The GV80 exterior styling starts with the brand’s signature crest grille with diamond mesh complemented by very narrow quad headlights plus pronounced vents on the lower part of the front facia that are functional passing air to the front tires for cooling.
The bulging fenders house 23-inch mesh alloy wheels that offer reduced unsprung weight and also help cool the brakes. The door handles fit flush in the doors to also decrease airflow drag.
At the rear, laser fibre optic taillights are designed to give the GV80 a unique look at night.
The interior is a knockout with a bridge-like instrument panel stretching from door-to-door and dominated by a 22-inch, rounded display.
This OLED technology screen, which runs along the top of the instrument panel, is separated into two zones with a multi-functional controller on the ash wood centre console. The gorilla glass touchscreen allows direct access to a number of functions like infotainment, navigation and cabin environment.
The highest quality materials were used on the concept like semi-aniline leather with a diamond quilt pattern on the seats, door trim and centre console.
Event the trunk is lined in suede, dark grey leather and slate-coloured ash wood.