Genesis G90 No Longer of Equus Genus (At Least, Not in North America)

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
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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  • Keith Tomas Keith Tomas on Nov 24, 2015

    I wonder what Kia will do with their K900...it hasn't been selling that well. Does the new sub-brand mean the K900 will be axed? I have a soft spot for underdogs...

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Nov 24, 2015

    "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." Soo... somewhat odd or inappropriate name to dumb. Genius.

  • Jerry Hightower I'd like to see a true hardtop.
  • Jerry Hightower I'd like to see a true hardtop
  • 28-Cars-Later "Six-thousand dollars get you in the door."You just cost me six thousand dollars! And one Cadillac.
  • 28-Cars-Later Kudos to the Mazda team on the attractive front end, though the lack of front bumper is still detention after class. Rest of it is also visually appealing, its shocking me how good this looks and how bad Honda (and to an extent Toyota's) styling is in comparison.
  • Slyons My guess is they keep the 2.0 liter they have now with minor tweaks, and shoehorn in the 48V mild hybrid system that just debuted in the CX-90. Should allow for all the regular fun of wringing out the 4 cyl and bump the fuel mileage up at least a couple points. I don't think we'll see a major evolution of the drivetrain until the next next model (NF?).
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