2018 Genesis

The whole Hyundai Genesis thing has confused me personally.  There were a few years with the Genesis Coupe that sported the Hyundai badges, then the sedans had their own special badging. To bring it into “now” terms, there is (technically) no 2018 Hyundai Genesis.

That is because now, Genesis is its own brand.  Hyundai is still the parent company of Genesis, but it now acts as its own entity.  This makes sense, because no one will spend $60,000 on a luxury Hyundai.  Would you?  I certainly wouldn’t.

So Genesis being its own brand is definitely a plus, because now they are a bit less associated with the Korean automaker that also makes the Accent.

I’m not head-over-heels about Genesis’ cars; They look like a few different luxury sedans taped together in my opinion.  Even with that said, Genesis is moving in the right direction as a brand.  They’re making a name for themselves.

The Genesis website has that dark tint to it and a sophisticated looking dude driving a Genesis on the front as you scroll down the page.

But what about the 2018 Hyundai Genesis people are looking for?  It’ll take a little bit to get everyone on board the fact that Hyundai and Genesis are essentially two different things, but let’s see what’s in store.

The Exterior – 2018 Hyundai Genesis:

As of right now, the brand offers two models: The G90 and G80.  A lot of the community seems to like the G80 Sport, which I absolutely agree is a great looking car.

2018 Hyundai Genesis

Does this remind you a bit of a Bentley Continental Super Sports?  Don’t get mad at me for essentially a Hyundai to a Bentley, but look at some elements here…

The diamond pattern grille surrounded by a black chrome finish, and the muscles in the face.  Honestly, I’m not loving the Gensis line up (as of right now) but this thing is awesome.  Plus, it has what every fast car NEEDS to have to help you know it’s fast: Quad exhaust tips!

The Genesis G90 is the flagship vehicle for the 2018 Hyundai-Genesis lineup.  It is the classic big sedan for people over the age of 50 and is dressed up very plainly.

2018 Hyundai Genesis

And after the two that are currently in the model range, we have the speculative Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2018.

The coupe has been in the Hyundai lineup before, but never really embodied…anything.  It was a Hyundai, but not a Genesis.  The Genesis coupe was a weird looking bug-thing that was actually pretty quick, and tuners liked to fuss with them.

It looks as though Genesis is planning an iteration of the Genesis coupe for 2018, with a good concept in the works.  As of right now, the Vision G and the “New York Concept” are the two cars on the website, and both are not the Genesis Coupe.

News about the 2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is sparse, but a new coupe from a luxury sedan is something I will always be ready to see.

The Interior:

2018 Hyndai Genesis

Luxury car interiors are one of the most competitive areas in the car world.  The 2018 Hyundai Genesis G80 and G90 interiors aren’t too different from each other which is a good thing and bad thing.

It is a good thing, because the premium feel of the G90 is present in the G80.  Also, it is a nice place to sit during long rides, making for a comfortable and stylish cabin.

It isn’t particularly driver-focused or sporty for younger audiences, but it is sharp and I do like it.  The interior of the G80 is a sharp, upscale boutique.

2018 Hyundai Genesis G90

The 2018 Hyundai Genesis G90 interior, however, is much more focused on the tuxedos and expensive dresses.  While it’s also not really tuned toward a younger go-fast market, it is fitted well with technology and a classic feel.

I would feel improper sitting in here while wearing a tee shirt and shorts.

Genesis as a brand has a bit of a ways to go to really compete, and that’s okay.  They formed (officially) two years ago.  But Genesis has the ground work set.

The Performance:

The Genesis G80 makes use of a 3.8 L V6 engine that produces 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque.  This sounds like quite a bit and should get a good job done, right?  Well, not exactly.  You’d expect a car at this price range ($42,00 – $52,000+) to post some respectable sprint times, but not here.

It makes sense, though.  The G80 can do 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, but that’s because this sedan is all about the luxury and comfort, rather than posting times.

The G80 weighs a whopping 4,500 pounds, which takes all of those 311 horses to push adequately.  Between an all-steel body and not-performance tires, it’s easy to see what the car was really built for.

Still, the 2018 Hyundai Genesis G80 gets 25 MPG highway, and 15 in the city.  It’s about luxury and comfort for passengers, not lap times.  Those better times and aggressive performance factors should be more apparent in the G80 coupe or G80 Sport, with a release date later this year.

The Performance-G90:

The plainly styled G90 does pack a bit more of a punch under the hood.  A 365 horse power 3.3 L V6 with twin turbochargers comes standard, and a 5.0 L V8 with 420 horses is optional.

The bigger engine for the bigger car makes clear sense, and can pull a 0-60 time in 5.3 seconds for both engine options (which is interesting).  That time lags a bit behind in this segment where the S-Class lurks, but it’s about comfort here again.

2018 Hyundai Genesis – The Specs:

Vehicle Type: Midsize  – Fullsize Sedan
Power Plant: 3.8 L V6 / 3.3 L V6 TT / 5.0 L V8 
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic (est.)
Power: 311 – 420 HP (est.)
MPG: Up to 28 Highway, 18 City (est.)
Torque: 293 – 383 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: G80-197 Inches (5 Meters) 

G90-205 Inches (5.2 Meters)

Width: G80-74 Inches (1.87 Meters) 

G90-75 inches (1.9 Meters)

Height: G80-58 Inches (1.47 Meters) 

G90-59 Inches (1.49 Meters)

Wheelbase: G80-118.5 Inches (3 Meters)

G90-124.4 Inches (3.15 Meters)

Top Speed: 150 MPH (249 KPH) (est.)
Seating: Up to 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 6.6 seconds – 5.3 seconds (est.)
Base Price: $42,000 – $60,000(est.)

Sum It Up:

The 2018 Hyundai-Genesis line up is a good first step into the luxury waters.  While the flagship is pretty unexciting, the two cars show some good features elsewhere.

I do hope the best for the newly formed company, and hope we see some exciting new cars in the coming future.  As for the Genesis Coupe, we can look for at least an answer in 2018.

The exact release date is not out yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything on it.







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