The Genesis G80, the Korean luxury brand’s flagship sedan in Australia, is getting a refresh.
The ‘G-Matrix’ pattern of the grille features larger diamonds, while the headlights have more pronounced cube-like elements like on the larger G90 sedan not sold here.
There may also be the traditional mid-cycle aesthetic updates like restyled bumpers and tweaked tail lights.
This prototype is a combustion-powered G80 based on its shield-shaped exhaust outlets, seemingly unchanged from the current car, as well as its open grille.
It’s unclear what other changes may be coming to the G80, with no shots taken of the interior. Whether it will switch to a wraparound assembly comprising the digital instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen is unclear.
It’s likely when the updated G80 arrives here it will feature Genesis Connected Services (GCS), debuted locally on the 2023 GV60.
This allows owners to access safety, security and convenience features either in-car or on a smartphone.
Features of this connectivity suite include in-car voice control, SOS emergency calling, and the ability to remotely view your vehicle’s location.
The current G80 arrived here in 2020, so it’s approaching the midway point of its lifecycle. With all new product launches from 2025 onwards to be electric vehicles, this will be the last generation of G80 to offer combustion power.
There is an electric version of the current model already, called the Electrified G80. The two-prong petrol/electric strategy with the G80 line will soon be employed by BMW with its 5 Series and electric i5 models, set to be revealed this year.
Genesis now fields three electric vehicles, two of which use combustion platforms and one of which is on the dedicated E-GMP architecture.
While sedan sales are sagging globally and in Australia, Genesis has committed to continue offering sedans.
The body style is particularly important in its home market of Korea, where the G80 was one of the top 10 best-selling vehicles last year and Hyundai’s Grandeur is a regular fixture in the top 5.
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