Genesis SUV launching in 2019

Genesis SUV GV80 front three quarter

Hyundai’s luxury offshoot, Genesis, is creating a new SUV to take on the established players from Germany, and its arrival is imminent.

While the company hasn’t released many details, apart from what we’ve seen in the Genesis QV80 SUV concept, the recent launch of the Hyundai Santa Fe means that the Genesis version isn’t far away.

Genesis SUV GV80 interior

Spies have already spotted a slightly lengthed Santa Fe (the previous model) running around with Genesis wheels earlier in the year, which fits with the new Santa Fe’s longer wheelbase. It’s a simple fit for the QV80 production SUV to run on the Santa Fe platform.

It also means that the time to produce the car is shortened, given it runs on an existing platform. The Santa Fe underpinnings means it can run with all-wheel-drive, and will most likely feature the new H-Trac all-wheel-drive system that uses torque vectoring to apportion torque to each individual wheel.

Genesis SUV GV80 rear three quarter

The QV80 concept was fitted with a fuel-cell drivetrain, and the company has mentioned previously that “Genesis will continue to study the benefits of similar alternative propulsion systems and eco-friendly technologies for future product applications.”

With the Hyundai Nexo being unveiled last month, its 95kW hydrogen fuel-cell and floor-mounted 40kW battery pack are used to power a 120kW/395Nm electric drive motor. We can expect to see something similar in the QV80 production car, while there will also undoubtedly be a petrol engine (possibly a V6) as well.

We’d bet on the turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 showing up in some form.

Genesis SUV GV80 interior rear

As for timing, Australia’s PR manager for Hyundai/Genesis, Bill Thomas told CarAdvice in 2017 that the Genesis SUV was “at least two years away”.

“The GV80 concept revealed earlier this year gives strong hints as to the design direction of the larger of these luxury vehicles,” said Mr Thomas. “We aren’t in a position to talk more about technical details at this stage, but it’s clear that SUVs are the future and Genesis will be highly competitive in this segment.”

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