Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

Genesis Goes Mesh Crazy with Funky Luxury SUV Concept

Genesis Goes Mesh Crazy with Funky Luxury SUV Concept

Genesis is previewing its first foray into the luxury SUV market with the just-revealed GV80 concept vehicle, unveiled at the NY auto show now underway.

The GV80 is mostly a design study that explores what a future SUV from the Genesis brand would look like. Giving it a powerful, yet interesting stance, is the diamond motif mesh grille and wide-set horizontal quad headlights that encase jewel-like graphics.

Genesis says the concept is defined by a parabolic line that reinforces the confident side profile, while the big 23-inch alloy wheels boost the overall road presence while providing cooling to the brakes. Although we couldn't get inside, the quilted leather adoring the seats and door panels looked appropriately luxurious, as did the curved, 22-inch-wide OLED display dominating the dash.

The GV80, shown for the first time at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, isn't the first hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle around, but it does bring an interesting new promise: A 100% clean hybrid engine that can be plugged into a charger, just like any electric plug-in vehicle. No details regarding performance or range have been revealed, though the company promises that the auto is a demonstration of how it will continue to develop alternative propulsion systems in the future.

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Beyond showing the intention of building an SUV, the concept's focus falls on its design, which Genesis calls "athletic elegance".

The Genesis GV80 certainly makes an impression, but there are next to no details about the vehicle's potential drivetrain or any other features it might have to offer.

Further uniting the interior and exterior, the GV80 Concept's side pillars are constructed with a structural truss design viewable from inside and outside the vehicle. According to Genesis, this should help "bring in the exterior environment, promoting a unique interaction with the outside landscape". The custom inlayed console runs through the center spine of the SUV emphasizing the length of the vehicle while creating four separated zones. And four polished metal inlays control the navigation, climate control, entertainment system and communications. Materials also used in the cargo area of the GV80 include dark-gray leather and slate ash wood.

Hyundai kicked off the independent Genesis brand in November 2015 after testing the waters with the Genesis sedan (G80) and larger Equus (G90) in global markets.

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