2023 Genesis G80 Electrified: Sumptuously Zen

The Genesis G80 is in a class of its own. It reminds us of the craze Americans once had for midsize luxury sedans that don’t focus on versatility or high performance, but rather on comfort, image and the overall driving experience.

Like all manufacturers, Genesis faces the great challenge of electrification – and its goal is to offer a range that works exclusively with electrons by 2030. The small GV60 was recently launched on the market, and the GV70 – the brand’s most popular model on the market moment – you will soon receive your magnetic motors.

The “electric” qualifier is getting ready for all sauces these days in the automotive industry. For the G80, that means we simply replaced the combustion engine with an electric motor at the front, added an electric motor at the rear, and retrofitted a battery in the floor. Thus was born the G80 Electrified. But according to the timeline mentioned above, until 2023, it will just be “G80”!

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A classic silhouette, an exceptional driving environment

Unlike other high-end electric cars on the market today, which boast flashy designs, the G80 Electrified is more zen, even more “cozy”. Only a few details distinguish it from its heat engine counterpart. For one, the grille is closed off and houses the car’s charging port, which is surprisingly well hidden. On the other hand, the lower bumpers at the rear, which incorporated the exhaust tips, are now flat. That is all!

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Inside, the G80 Electrified mimics the gasoline-powered G80, providing a generous environment where attention to detail and soundproofing are remarkable. In addition, this cabin is even quieter as the electric motor has taken up residence under the hood. We are also entitled to an exceptionally comfortable upholstery, accompanied by a good general space for all passengers. We must highlight the quality of assembly of materials and textures that is exemplary, as is the case with every Genesis, although we can question the choice of colors – the brown finish of our vehicle. The test was not the most attractive of the palette.

The Genesis G80 with combustion engine has a cargo volume of 371 liters in the trunk. As we had to adapt the electric motor at the rear to the existing platform, a large overhang in the trunk cuts 65 liters of space there…

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Proper performance, smooth ride

The pair of electric motors develop a combined output of 365 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, all distributed across all four wheels. These electric motors are connected to an 87.2 kWh battery. If on paper these numbers are more conservative than those of the Audi e-tron GT, Mercedes-Benz EQS and far behind the Tesla Model S, the performance in terms of acceleration is noteworthy. Especially when you take into account that the G80 Electrified tips the scales a little more than its petrol equivalent, at 5,035 pounds versus 4,453 pounds with the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. What’s more, it looked frugal throughout our test, which featured a variety of roads suitable for lively driving.

While it produces slightly less high-rev power than the regular G80, it appears almost exclusively at high speeds, terrain that the average G80 driver is unlikely to visit often.

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In terms of dynamics, the G80 Electrified does not adopt a sporty driving style, but rather smooth and comfortable. It has its own set of suspension and steering adjustment – ​​steering that provides satisfying weight and good steering feel to keep the driver confident and maneuvering with precision.

Finally, in terms of autonomy, the Genesis claims that you can extract 454 kilometers on a single charge. Charging takes 22 minutes on a level 3 terminal if you want to increase the battery from 10 to 80%, with a maximum charging capacity of 187 kW.

Of course, all this is taking place under ideal conditions. Genesis engineers reminded us that they did winter testing in Chibougamau, a hostile land for electric vehicles…

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Ephemeral in today’s market, the midsize sedan is slowly moving towards electrification among luxury vehicle manufacturers. The Genesis didn’t give it a specific or even shared electric platform, so maybe that means it’s going with a grain of salt. But the final product is well executed. The manufacturer managed to electrify the sedan while maintaining all its great qualities, as well as keeping fuel consumption reasonable.

So far, the price of the Genesis G80 Electrified is still unknown. However, we were promised that this determining factor would be revealed to us at the end of summer, with the commercialization date set at the beginning of autumn approaching.

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