Genesis GV80 SUV concept previews design and powertrain tech


Genesis GV80 concept

The Genesis GV80 SUV has been shown at the New York motor show, with a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell powertrain previewing new electric technology.

The plug-in hydrogen fuel cell powered SUV gives a glimpse of the brand’s first SUV model

The Genesis GV80 SUV has been shown at the New York motor show, with a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell powertrain previewing new electric technology.

Hyundai’s upmarket arm Genesis hasn’t yet produced an SUV, so it’s likely that the GV80 gives us a glimpse at the brand’s first SUV model, given the prevalence of the segment in the US and European markets.

Genesis claims that the GV80’s powertrain is similar to examples which will be used further down the line, as parent company Hyundai continues hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicle development.

Inside, ash wood has been used on the dash as well as the floor; the car eschews carpets in favour of floorboards. The dashboard is dominated by a 22in curved display, which can be used separately by the driver and passenger, and extends into the instrument cluster. Software incorporated into the system includes handwriting recognition and capacitive touch; the touch screen can be used with gloves on.

Rear passengers are also presented with infotainment systems, also with capacitive touch, although only two can sit in the rear.

The styling of the GV80, including the spine running the length of the car, and the 23in alloys, are likely to be toned down before production, however the car carries an evolution of the brand’s current design language which is likely to make it to its next generation of cars.

Genesis hasn’t revealed any more details of the plug-in hydrogen fuel cell powertrain powering the GV80, but it’s likely that the concept encompasses both battery electric technology, as well as persevering with the brand’s hydrogen fuel cell efforts.

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Source:: Autocar