Genesis G90 messes with a good thing and unveils a new face for its LA debut
The G90 has received a very extensive styling update front and back.
Genesis brought the face-lifted G90 flagship sedan to the LA Auto Show, and despite the fact that it looks like an all-new model this is actually a revision of the current one, which has been on sale in the U.S. since 2016. And the exterior design update is so extensive that current owners of the G90 might not even recognize it. The restyled 2020 model was first shown in North America earlier this year at the Montreal International Auto Show, showcasing the brand’s “Athletic Elegance design language,” after a debut in Seoul in November 2018.
The most significant change is up front, with a very large trapezoidal “crest grille” that reminds us a bit of the interstate highway shield logo and leaves us wondering, among other things, how a front license plate would look inside it. The second biggest change is with the headlights, which now feature a horizontal strip of daytime running lights. Genesis calls the new headlight style a “quad lamp” design, as the daytime running lights slice them in half and continue on to the border of the wheel arch. The grille, meanwhile, dips almost to the bottom lip of the front bumper, but instead of overlapping the bottom air inlets it drives a wedge through them.
Out back, Genesis has traded the vertical taillights that followed the profile of the trunk lid and the rear wheel arches for an entirely new look, with large horizontal taillights joined together by a thin strip that runs across the entire rear fascia. It’s a very different look than the outgoing model, and is perhaps slightly more conservative and more suited to a very large sedan—which the G90 certainly is.
One thing that’s not changing is the engine lineup: The G90 will offer the twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 with 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque on tap, along with a 5.0-liter V8 good for 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels. All-wheel drive is standard, as well.
The front and rear fascias have been heavily revised.
The 2020 Genesis G90 goes on sale next month.
The 2020 Genesis G90 will still be offered with a choice of a V6 or a V8.
Genesis has updated the infotainment tech with a new touchscreen.
The G90 is the flagship of the Genesis range.
The 2020 Genesis G90 made its U.S. debut in LA.
The G90 has been restyled for the 2020 model year.
The G90 now features a large, trapezoidal grille.
Inside, Genesis has updated the tech, starting with the 12.3-inch infotainment split-screen that can show multiple functions simultaneously. The screen is actually a touchscreen now and offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The automaker has tweaked the look of a few other items in the cabin, but overall the changes are on the subtle side.
“Engineers set NVH as a key differentiator for G90, dedicating considerable time to fine-tuning every aspect of noise reduction and enhancement of comfort,” the automaker said. “From introducing special sound-absorbing materials throughout the cabin and substructure of the car to the application of laminated glass on each window, the focus on providing customers with the ultimate luxury experience was key.”
When it comes to safety tech, Genesis has expanded the lineup of driver assistance and safety features, adding all of them to the list of standard equipment. The G90 now features a lane-follow assist system that keeps the G90 centered in its lane, highway-driving assist that functions along with adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot view monitor that pipes a video feed of the side of the car to the instrument cluster, and forward-collision avoidance that detects pedestrians and cyclists.
“G90 is the ultimate expression of the Genesis brand,” said Luc Donckerwolke, executive vice president and chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group. “Before the first sketch was even drawn, my team of designers thought carefully about how to evolve its styling and create something even more elegant and harmonic.”
The restyled G90 will go on sale in December, with pricing expected to be announced closer to the start of sales. The outgoing model started just under the $70,000 mark, so we expect it to stay pretty close to that number.
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