Inside the Genesis GV80 is a cabin that's as premium as interiors can get.
"The G-Matrix pattern that appears in light fixtures throughout the exterior is inspired by attractive orchids seen when diamonds are illuminated by light". The SUV runs on a set of 22-inch alloy wheels. That redefines flowery language.
On a side note, Genesis's design is headed up by former Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi designer Luc Donckerwolke.
Also, get a load of the odd steering wheel design.
The user interface isn't only controlled by touch and voice, because its touchpad also recognises mimicked handwriting like Audis do. A video feed from the forward-facing camera will be displayed on the infotainment screen, and a virtual graphic shows the optimal driving path in order for the driver to follow the route accurately. This system is said to dramatically reduce irregular, simultaneous road noise.
Called Road-Noise Active Noise Control (RANC), the tech is supposedly a first in the world and does its thing not by employing physical hardware, but by generating sound waves of opposite phases to almost cancel out road noise.
The G80's air purification system automatically operates according to indoor air quality, through an in-vehicle fine dust sensor.
There's even a cabin air purifier which can remove 99 percent of fine particles from the interior - something many Australian will appreciate given the current national climate.
Genesis confirmed that two turbocharged gasoline engines will hit the USA market, though we aren't sure which ones.
"It (the GV80) will. have the role of bringing younger buyers to the brand", he said. Genesis claims fuel economy as low as 8.5L/100km. All of these engines will be bolted up to an 8-speed automatic transmission. However, the GV80 is also available as a standard rear-wheel drive SUV. United States market versions equipped with all-wheel-drive will also feature an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential on its rear axle.
Besides having a meaty engine and drivetrain, the GV80 also benefits from an electronically-controlled suspension.
The platform is shared with the next-generation G80 sedan, due to launch later this year.
Also present are the rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist and the driver attention alert warning systems, the latter monitoring steering angle, steering torque and the vehicle's position within the lane, while a forward-looking camera monitors the driver, and the system will generate pop-up messages and warning tones if fatigue or forward-looking neglect is detected.
You'd expect nothing less than the best available crash structure in a vehicle of this nature, but the Genesis SUV takes that a step further with the fitment of a centre-mounted airbag between the front occupants, as one of 10 crash bags fitted to the vehicle.
Unique for the South Korean market is Genesis CarPay, which aims to simplify out-of-vehicle payments such as for refueling. I'm sure it's good, but did we really need it?
Beyond the confirmed engines, a GV80 variant packing the company's 5.0-litre V8 may also appear later in the model's lifecycle - but has yet to be confirmed by the Genesis.