After a long wait, Genesis Australia has finally announced local pricing and specification details for its first model to land on our shores – the mid-size G80 – which is set to launch in June.
Last sold here as the Hyundai Genesis until 2017, the G80 is a refreshed version of that model wit a new name now that the Genesis brand is its own standalone operation seperate from its parent company.
Two trim levels will be available for the Australian market – the unnamed base model, and the specced-out Ultimate – with a $4,000 Sport Design appearance package available for both variants.
Powering all versions will be a carryover 3.8-litre naturally aspirated V6 producing 232kW and 397Nm, which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. While a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 and a 5.0-litre V8 are available in other markets, it’s yet to be seen if the turbo variant will make its way Down Under, while the V8 is reserved for left-hand drive markets.
Standard for the base G80 – which starts from $68,900 – is the Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension system with local tuning, adaptive bi-LED headlights, LED fog-lights and taillights, 12-way power-operated heated front seats with memory for the driver, a power-adjustable steering column, a 9.2-inch infotainment and navigation system with a DVD player, a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system, and wireless phone charging.
Stepping up to the Ultimate, the hefty $20,000 premium adds larger 19-inch satin-finish alloy wheels, 16-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, four-way power adjustment for the rear seats, heated and ventilated seats all around, a heated steering wheel, nappa leather upholstery, a suede headliner, a panoramic sunroof, illuminated metal treadplates, soft-close doors, rear-door curtains, and a powered boot lid.
On the technology front, a head-up display, 7.0-inch colour TFT screen in the gauge cluster, a smart key card, and Clean Air sensor for the automatic climate controls are also added.
On the safety front, all models offer nine airbags, AEB with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, driver attention monitoring, high-beam assist, and a 360-degree camera.
As mentioned, an optional Sport Design pack is available for both the base and Ultimate variants, which adds some of the visual highlights of the G80 Sport offered in other markets, including 19-inch dark grey satin wheels with copper highlights, a mesh front grille, dark chrome accents, dual oval-shaped exhaust tips, stainless steel pedals, bi-xenon headlights, and a sportier body kit.
The only other option available is the panoramic sunroof for the base-spec G80, which asks for an extra $3,000.
|G80 Sport Design||$72,900|
|G80 Ultimate Sport Design||$92,900|