The words “large” and “in charge” come to mind whenever you see one of these gargantuan luxury limousines rolling down the road. Back in the day, driving — or being chauffeured in — one of these huge sedans was truly driving in style. Fortunately, the world’s plutocrats still have a cornucopia of choice, from the BMW 7 Series to the Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8 and Lincoln Continental, among others. But what if you want to live that life, but can’t stretch your budget to a brand new S-Class? That’s where something like the 2020 Genesis G90 comes in.
This sedan has actually been on sale in global markets for awhile now, as it actually debuted in South Korea last year. Now, it’s officially coming to the U.S., and it’s totally different to the G90 to which we’ve been accustomed. This one has radically different styling, from the massive grille up front to the “G-Matrix” 19-inch wheels underneath and the LED taillights around back. Genesis uses words like “elegant” and “harmonic” to describe the car’s design, while the 2020 Genesis G90 also focused heavily on technology in the latest redesign.
To that end, the 2020 Genesis G90 is the first model from the brand to support over-the-air updates for maps and software. Drivers will be able to access those maps using a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, and the system supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link by default. A system called Intelligent Car Management Service uses data to monitor driving patterns and keep the driver informed on maintenance and wear. The 2020 Genesis G90 also features adaptive suspension with electronic damping control to make the ride as smooth as possible.
The 2020 Genesis G90 has two trim levels and two engine options, both of which mate up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The “entry-level” 3.3T premium uses the same 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 that you’d find in the G70 or G80 sedans. That powerplant manages 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, and it gets up to 25 mpg on the highway, regardless of whether you spec it with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
If you’re looking for the best of all worlds, the 5.0 Ultimate retains the same V8 as the old G90. That 5.0-liter unit makes 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Again, it’s available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Despite what you may think, it doesn’t suffer terribly on fuel economy over the base twin-turbo V6. In fact, the V8 mill is only one or two mpg worse in the city (15 mpg with all-wheel drive), and the same story is true on the highway.
Pricing information isn’t available yet, but Genesis will release it soon, as the new G90 is set to go on sale next month. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates from the 2019 LA Auto Show!