Genesis GV80 SUV caught testing in the wild

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The 2020 Genesis GV80 luxury crossover SUV  has finally been spotted testing on public roads in production form. The first of two new SUVs due from Hyundai’s upmarket Genesis brand in the next couple years, the GV80 will be a mid-size vehicle targeting the BMW X5.

It is expected to reach showrooms in late 2019, likely as a 2020 model, and a smaller GV70 SUV aimed at the BMW X3 will trail it by about a year. As the most recent spy shots of the production version show, it’s clear the 2020 GV80 will look very similar to the Genesis GV80 concept revealed at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

It’s expected to carry the concept’s name into production, as well as the sharp design. The G represents the Genesis brand while the is for the versatility of an SUV. The 80 positions the SUV  alongside the mid-size G80 sedan near the top of Genesis’ lineup.

What we know about the car

As you can see, most of the car is heavily covered in vinyl and cladding, but we can decipher its general shape. A long hood reiterates that the engine will most likely be fitted longitudinally to facilitate a rear-drive platform.

It’s still unclear whether both all-wheel and rear-wheel drive will offered, but we can be sure most will choose their GV80 with power going to all four wheels. The wheels themselves are 20 inches on this vehicle, though it’s likely we see options for even larger sizes.

When it goes on sale, the production GV80 will ride on a new rear-drive platform shared with the G80 sedan. We expect it to use the corporate 3.8-liter V-6 as its base engine, with the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 a likely option. There’s even a chance Genesis will offer its BMW X5 competitor with a 5.0-liter V-8 like the current G80 and G90.

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