Brace of Turbo Powerplants Bound for First Genesis Crossover

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Our speculation was at least half correct. The upcoming Genesis GV80 crossover will indeed boast an uplevel four-cylinder base engine, the premium marque revealed Tuesday night, but the most potent of the anticipated powerplants will see a boost in displacement.

Genesis filled in the blanks at an event in Miami, saying its first crossover model will make use of an engine bound for the Hyundai Sonata N-Line and an upgrade mill with more horsepower than before.

That base engine is the automaker’s new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder, good for 290 horsepower and 310 lb-ft in Sonata N-Line spec. Genesis didn’t reveal power figures for the GV80, Car and Driver reports.

Buyers seeking more oomph under the hood of their midsize CUV can opt for a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that tops the brand’s familiar 3.3L mill by 10 hp (375 versus 365). A torque figure wasn’t forthcoming, though one can expect a modest bump from the 3.3L’s 376 lb-ft. Both engines send power to either the rear or all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic.

As the GV80 borrows the upgraded platform of the next-generation G80 sedan, you’ll likely see these mills appear in that model, too.

Genesis aims to find buyers in the hot premium CUV market by undercutting German competitors on price, offering niceties like active noise cancellation, a 14.5-inch split-screen infotainment system, and swaths of quilted leather. An upscale design that signals the model’s lofty status should help attract visitors to the dealer.

As for cost, that’s still a mystery, though Car and Driver claims a base GV80 should retail for about $50,000, rising to $65k for an all-wheel drive V6 model. Detailed pricing will land closer to the model’s summer on-sale date.

[Images: Genesis Motors]

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  • TimK TimK on Jan 30, 2020

    These turbo four bangers are the ass cancer of the automotive industry. I doubt any of them will last beyond 100K miles without major problems.

  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Jan 30, 2020

    Give me that paint color with the 2.5 turbo and manual trans in the G70. :-)

  • Varezhka I have still yet to see a Malibu on the road that didn't have a rental sticker. So yeah, GM probably lost money on every one they sold but kept it to boost their CAFE numbers.I'm personally happy that I no longer have to dread being "upgraded" to a Maxima or a Malibu anymore. And thankfully Altima is also on its way out.
  • Tassos Under incompetent, affirmative action hire Mary Barra, GM has been shooting itself in the foot on a daily basis.Whether the Malibu cancellation has been one of these shootings is NOT obvious at all.GM should be run as a PROFITABLE BUSINESS and NOT as an outfit that satisfies everybody and his mother in law's pet preferences.IF the Malibu was UNPROFITABLE, it SHOULD be canceled.More generally, if its SEGMENT is Unprofitable, and HALF the makers cancel their midsize sedans, not only will it lead to the SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST ones, but the survivors will obviously be more profitable if the LOSERS were kept being produced and the SMALL PIE of midsize sedans would yield slim pickings for every participant.SO NO, I APPROVE of the demise of the unprofitable Malibu, and hope Nissan does the same to the Altima, Hyundai with the SOnata, Mazda with the Mazda 6, and as many others as it takes to make the REMAINING players, like the Excellent, sporty Accord and the Bulletproof Reliable, cheap to maintain CAMRY, more profitable and affordable.
  • GregLocock Car companies can only really sell cars that people who are new car buyers will pay a profitable price for. As it turns out fewer and fewer new car buyers want sedans. Large sedans can be nice to drive, certainly, but the number of new car buyers (the only ones that matter in this discussion) are prepared to sacrifice steering and handling for more obvious things like passenger and cargo space, or even some attempt at off roading. We know US new car buyers don't really care about handling because they fell for FWD in large cars.
  • Slavuta Why is everybody sweating? Like sedans? - go buy one. Better - 2. Let CRV/RAV rust on the dealer lot. I have 3 sedans on the driveway. My neighbor - 2. Neighbors on each of our other side - 8 SUVs.
  • Theflyersfan With sedans, especially, I wonder how many of those sales are to rental fleets. With the exception of the Civic and Accord, there are still rows of sedans mixed in with the RAV4s at every airport rental lot. I doubt the breakdown in sales is publicly published, so who knows... GM isn't out of the sedan business - Cadillac exists and I can't believe I'm typing this but they are actually decent - and I think they are making a huge mistake, especially if there's an extended oil price hike (cough...Iran...cough) and people want smaller and hybrids. But if one is only tied to the quarterly shareholder reports and not trends and the big picture, bad decisions like this get made.
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