Correction 9/5/18: We originally believed these prototypes to be the new Lincoln MKZ under heavy camouflage. Members of the TFL community correctly pointed out these cars as the redesigned 2020 Genesis G80.
These sedans were spotted testing high in the Rocky Mountains.
Automakers often test their upcoming models right here in Colorado, and that’s great news for us – particularly when we catch our first glimpses of upcoming models. Cars like the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Cadillac XT4, for instance. Now, thanks to former TFL team member and friend Brian Waring, we have our next glimpses of an upcoming model. But what could it be? At first glance, there’s an awful lot of grille going on up front. However, upon closer inspection, the overall shape and size of the grille means this could possibly be the updated 2020 Genesis G80.
The car’s dimensions resemble the current model, but there are a few distinct changes. There’s more of a flowing design to the front fascia and hood here than in the current generation. It takes some styling cues from the concept GV80 crossover. Around the back, the taillights sport a new design, as you’d expect, while the lip on the rear decklid looks more pronounced.
If this is indeed the 2020 Genesis G80, this model also seems to have lower-mounted side mirrors. They moved the mirrors down onto the doors rather than level with the A-pillar, as they are in the curent model. The overall design looks less like a traditional sedan, such as the G90, taking on Kammback-like styling.
More of an update than a redesign?
Genesis introduced the mid-range G80 to the U.S. market in late 2016. On that basis, we don’t expect the 2020 Genesis G80 to make any radical changes – this is likely more of an aesthetic update. While we can’t see it here, Genesis will likely bestow the new model with some interior updates as well.
The big question mark comes in terms of the powertrains. The current-generation G80 comes with three. There’s a base 3.8-liter V6 with 311 horsepower, a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 365 horsepower, or a 5.0-liter V8 with 420 horsepower. It’s unclear exactly what Genesis’ plans are, although its likely they may introduce a hybrid model to the 2020 Genesis G80 lineup. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!