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Genesis Launches First Crossover GV80 in U.S.

After launching three sedans and struggling to establish a U.S. dealer network, Genesis lastly introduced its first crossover in the United States, with high hopes for the midsize GV80 to conquest conventional luxury manufacturers.

For the U.S. market, the GV80 has a choice of two engines, Genesis stated Tuesday at its North American launch. A 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the more economical option, whereas the 3.5-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine will prove better performance. Sooner or later, Genesis is anticipated to offer a hybrid powertrain in the crossover.

Genesis features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the compact G70 sedan and a turbocharged 3.3-liter six-cylinder engine in the G70, the midsize G80, and the flagship G90. Parent firm Hyundai recently gave an early look at a 2.5-liter turbo motor that it is putting in a performance N-Line model of the Sonata sedan later this year.

Otherwise, the particulars of the GV80 for the U.S. marketplace are similar to the Korean-spec versions when it comes to features.

The crossover is built on a rear-drive platform with all-wheel-drive optional.

Other options embrace an electronically controlled suspension with road preview from a front-mounted camera, road-noise cancellation, available 22-inch wheels, a 14.5-inch infotainment display, handwriting identification on the infotainment controller and a driver’s seat with seven air cells to mitigate exhaustion.

Among the security tools is a second-gen highway driving-help system that features lane change via the turn sign and a driver-attention alert that detects uncommon driving traits and provides warning messages, Genesis stated.

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