The Genesis eG80 is the Latest All-Electric Luxury Sedan from Hyundai
【Summary】Hyundai's luxury division Genesis has commissioned a battery-powered version of the flagship G80 luxury sedan.
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. is planning to set up a production facility in the city-state of Singapore, becoming the first automaker to do so in 40 years. U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. was the last car company to set up production in Singapore, but officially pulled out of the sovereign Island in 1980.
Construction on Hyundai's new auto factory is scheduled to begin shortly. Hyundai will use this facility exclusively to produce electric vehicles.
Hyundai's electrification plans are big. The automaker aims to secure 10% of the global EV market by 2025. The new production facility will help Hyundai achieve its goal of becoming one of the top three electric vehicle manufacturers in the world.
Hyundai recently launched its IONIQ electric brand, which the company will use to develop its futuristic battery-only portfolio. It's been widely speculated that the automaker will use the new Singapore facility to produce electric models under the IONIQ nameplate.
An Electric Version of the Genesis G80 Sedan
Hyundai's luxury subsidiary Genesis has also commissioned a battery-powered version of its G80 mid-size sedan. The electric version of the G80 luxury sedan will likely be named the Genesis eG80. The flagship electric sedan is expected to rival the Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz EQE, BMW i4 and other premium electric sedans in the segment.
A prototype of Genesis G80 was recently spotted road-testing in Germany. The executive class EV was also photographed on its test-run near the famed Nurburgring race track. The photos reveal that the Genesis eG80 shares its dimensions, silhouette, and overall shape with the combustion engine version of the G80 sedan.
Since the test vehicle was heavily disguised, it was quite difficult to spot any other distinctive styling elements. However, a large faux grille at the front indicated the electrified nature of the luxury car.
Alos spotted were Ricardo seats for the driver and passeenger in the eG80, which indicates it's a prototype test vehicle.
Genesis has not divulged any official specifications for the eG80, including the size of the battery pack that will power the luxury EV. However, according to reports, the eG80 will be offered in a dual-motor setup to compete with the upcoming Mercedes Benz EQE sedan. We expect that performance figures of the eG80 and the EQE will be quite similar.
The battery-powered luxury sedan will be revealed in 2021, along with the all-electric Genesis eGV70 crossover.
The eG80 is expected to enter production sometime in 2022.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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