2022 Genesis G90 spied

A new generation of Korea's finest luxury sedan, the Genesis G90, has been spied testing in the snow... and it looks like won.

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William Stopford
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The Genesis G90, the Korean equivalent to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, is being redesigned.

A new generation of the flagship luxury sedan has been spied testing in Sweden.

Though Genesis’ signature bi-level headlights and tail lights are present, the G90 has a different look to the Genesis G80 one rung below.

There’s a more upright roofline, a longer greenhouse, and what appears to be a longer boot lid, giving the G90 a slightly more conventional sedan shape than the fastback-style G80.

The G90 is also wearing distinctive, star-patterned alloy wheels of a similar vein to those on the GV60 electric crossovers spied recently.

It appears unlikely the new G90 will be engineered for right-hand drive, as the current model is the only member of Genesis’ current line-up to be left-hand drive only.

The upper-large luxury segment is considerably smaller in Australia than the large luxury segment, too, while Genesis doesn’t currently sell vehicles in other RHD markets like Japan and the UK.

The current G90 measures 5220mm long on a 3180mm wheelbase, while the redesigned G80 measures 4995mm long on a 3010mm wheelbase.

It seems unlikely the current model’s available V8 will survive as the G90 is the last Hyundai Motor Group vehicle to use it.

The naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 produces 313kW of power and 519Nm of torque and is offered alongside a turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 producing 272kW and 509Nm that also does duty in the Genesis G70 and Kia Stinger.

Both are available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

We expect the 3.3-litre to be replaced with the twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 found in the new G80, which produces 279kW of power and 530Nm of torque.

The G90 will also likely move to the M3 platform underpinning the new G80 and GV80.

An electric version could be forthcoming, too, as Genesis has trademarked the G90e name alongside others like GV70e and G80e.

Our photographers have already spied electric versions of both the GV70 and G80 in testing.

The current Genesis G90 shares its BH-L platform with the Kia K900, a version of the platform underpinning the previous-generation Genesis G80 and current Kia Stinger and Genesis G70.

First introduced in 2016 as a direct replacement for the Hyundai Equus, it was given an extensive makeover in 2020 which saw it debut Genesis’ bi-level lighting elements and a more dramatic shield-shaped grille.

While the 2020 upgrade added the latest iterations of Hyundai’s driver assist and active safety features, there are a handful of features available on the G80 that aren’t available in the G90.

That includes the G80’s new digital instrument cluster with stereoscopic 3D technology, which seems a likely inclusion for the next G90.


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