2023 Genesis G80 Electrified: Sumptuous Zen

The Genesis G80 is in a class of its own. It reminds us of the craze that North Americans once had for medium-sized luxury sedans that do not focus on versatility or high performance, but rather on comfort, image and the overall driving experience.

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

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

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A classic silhouette, an exceptional driving environment

Unlike other top-class electric cars on the current market, which boast flashy design, the G80 Electrified is more zen, even more “cozy”. Only a few details distinguish it from its thermal engine counterpart. In part, the grille is closed off and houses the car’s charging door, which is surprisingly well hidden. On the other hand, the rear bumpers at the rear, which contained the exhaust tips, are now flat. That’s all!

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Inside, the G80 Electrified mimics the petrol-powered G80, providing a generous environment where attention to detail and soundproofing are remarkable. Moreover, this cabin is even more peaceful as the electric motor has taken up residence under the bonnet. We also have the right to an exceptionally comfortable upholstery, accompanied by a good general space for all passengers. We must emphasize the quality of the collection of materials and textures, which is exemplary, as is the case in all Genesis, although we may question the choice of colors – the brown trim of our vehicle essay was not the most attractive of the palette.

The Genesis G80 with internal combustion engine has a load volume of 371 liters in the trunk. When we had to adapt the electric motor at the rear to the existing platform, a large bump in the trunk cut off 65 liters of space there …

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Adequate performance, fluffy ride

The pair of electric motors develop a combined power of 365 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, all distributed on all four wheels. These electric motors are connected to an 87.2 kWh battery. If these numbers on paper are more conservative than for the Audi e-tron GT, Mercedes-Benz EQS and far behind the Tesla Model S, the performance in terms of acceleration is worth mentioning. Especially when you consider that the G80 Electrified tips the weight a bit more than its petrol counterpart, with 5,035 pounds versus 4,453 pounds with the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. Plus, it felt frugal throughout our test, which included a variety of roads suitable for lively driving.

While emitting slightly less high-rpm 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 instead a smooth and comfortable one. It has its own set of suspension and steering – steering that provides satisfactory weight and good feel in the steering wheel to keep the driver safe and maneuver precisely.

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

All this, of course, takes place under ideal conditions. The engineers at Genesis reminded us that they were conducting winter tests in Chibougamau, a country that is hostile to electric vehicles …

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The medium-sized sedan, which is volatile in today’s market, is slowly moving towards electrification among luxury car manufacturers. Genesis did not give it a specific electrical platform or even a shared one, so maybe that means it goes with a pinch of salt. But the end product is well done. The manufacturer managed to electrify the sedan while retaining all of its stunning qualities, in addition to keeping its fuel consumption reasonable.

As of this writing, the price of the Genesis G80 Electrified is still unknown. However, we were promised that this crucial factor would be revealed to us at the end of the summer, with the commercialization date approaching set in early autumn.

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