Genesis G90 No Longer of Equus Genus (At Least, Not in North America)
Hyundai revealed Tuesday renderings of the first brand-new model to wear the Genesis nameplate as a marque. The new top-of-the-range Genesis will replace the Equus in the North American market next year, dropping its equine name for something more palatable to our tastes: alphanumerics.
On the other side of the Pacific, horse meat is a delicacy, so it should come as no surprise that the new Genesis G90 keeps its Equus lineage with the EQ900 model designation.
Hyundai announced their spin-off of the Genesis name into a luxury brand last week. Genesis will launch six new models before 2020, all with G## designations in North America.
“G90 is a blueprint for change and innovation that will distinguish the Genesis brand,” Hyundai said in a statement Tuesday. No details were revealed beyond “world-best safety features” and the like, though chances are we’ll know all about the new model before it’s officially launched in Korea next month.
The current Hyundai Genesis Sedan will be renamed G80. Another smaller sedan will debut in 2017 with the G70 moniker. Three other models, including a midsize crossover and larger SUV, will debut on or before the 2021 model year.
Hyundai stated all models will be either rear- or all-wheel drive.
Vehicle design is headed by former Bentley pen waver Luc Donckerwolke, working under group design boss Peter Schreyer.
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