Genesis GV80 Spotted in High Altitude Testing

Earlier this week our colleagues over at Car and Driver showed leaked images of the upcoming Genesis SUV.  This was first shown as the Genesis GV80 Hydrogen Fuel Cell concept at the New York International Auto Show back in 2017. At this point the Genesis portfolio consisted of just one product, the G90 sedan.  Today we spotted this sport utility executing some high altitude testing in the Rockies, specifically the stretch of I70 between Loveland Pass and Vail some two miles above Sea Level. Unfortunately we were unable to distinguish if this car was emitting any Internal Combustion Engine noise, as there is a Hydrogen refueling facility in Golden, Co at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The concept GV80 at NYIAS back in 2017 had my attention, as it didn’t appear to have your textbook family hauler engineering logic, but rather a luxurious vessel to waft you from one soiree to the next. Despite this development mule being adorned in the usual array of mixed media camouflage, key design elements are clearly visible. A continuation of the shield-shaped grille and double bar LED headlamps provide a significant presence from the front.

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The double bar tail lamps continue across the rear, along with the shield shaped exhaust tips we’ve also experienced on the 2020 Genesis G90 Sedan.

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Although the leaked images surfaced a few days before we stumbled upon this example, the Genesis moniker being clearly legible on the front brake calipers confirmed our suspicion immediately.

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Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Genesis has committed to diversified propulsion systems for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It would be of absolutely no surprise to see this Genesis SUV, and the future of Genesis products to incorporate a vast portfolio of Internal Combustion, Plug-in Hybrid, Battery Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.