Is the Genesis GV90 Coming? It May Have Been Accidentally Leaked
In its short history, Genesis has made a strong impact. Winning MotorTrend’s 2019 Car of the Year with the G70 and most recently 2022 SUV of the Year with the GV70, the Korean luxury brand hopes to keep up that momentum. A new video published last week featuring Genesis’ chief creative officer Luc Donckerwolke may have accidentally leaked two of the SUVs the brand is working on for the future, as Motor1.com noticed in the video below.
Design operations director Hans Lapine and senior exterior designer Samir Sadikhov also make an appearance in the video, which briefly shows a shelf with several scale models. Although most of those are current Genesis models and concept cars, there are a couple that we haven’t seen before.
The Genesis GV80 Coupe could be the second model on the further right column, as it clearly has a different silhouette than anything currently on the lineup. The A-pillars seem to be pushed down a little more, while the C-pillars are evidently more angled, with the tailgate extending a bit further out to complete the coupe look. While we haven’t seen any prototypes or heard anything about a GV80 Coupe, it makes sense. Luxury coupe SUVs have been quite popular lately, with the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Audi Q8, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Infiniti QX55 and BMW X6 making up the segment.
But that’s not all. The video also shows a large, all-black SUV on the bottom of the left column that could be the three-row Genesis GV90. While Genesis has been tight-lipped about its SUV expansion plans, a GV90 makes sense. It would compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60 and Acura RDX. The latest crossover to join Genesis’ lineup is the GV60, an all-electric compact SUV that’s a tad smaller than the GV70, sharing its platform with the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5. Rumor has it the GV90 would be sharing its chassis with the upcoming Kia EV9 and Hyundai Ioniq 7—both three-row electric SUVs that were previewed in concept form at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.
While a Genesis GV90 would fill a hole in the lineup, we think it will probably be offered in both a gas and electrified variant to appeal to a wider audience. At the beginning of last year, then global head of Genesis William Lee, told us a decision hadn’t been made on the GV90, but with the success Genesis SUVs are having, it’s possible that three-row is already on the works.
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