The Genesis GV80 gains the option of a six-seat configuration with captain’s chairs and new paint colour for 2022 along with price rises across the board
Genesis has updated its GV80 large SUV for 2022 with a new six-seat luxury pack option, while prices are up across the range to the tune of $1024-1524 depending on the variant, with the range now spanning $92,000 to $109,500 before options and on-road costs.
The other changes to the 2022 GV80 include a host of small tweaks but the headline update is the addition of a new six-seat luxury package with captain’s chairs in the second row, a fixed centre armrest and dual 9.2-inch touchscreens for the rear passengers.
With the $13,500 six-seat luxury package option ticked, the GV80 becomes unique among other large SUVs like the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, all of which only offer five or seven-seat configurations. The five and seven-seat luxury package is still available across the GV80 range for $10,500.
Genesis’ parent company, Hyundai, recently reintroduced the captain’s chair arrangement to the Australian SUV market with its Palisade large SUV, followed quickly by Mazda who added a six-seat option to its CX-8 and CX-9 large SUVs.
The other tweaks to the 2022 Genesis GV80 are minor, including larger brakes, more electric adjustment for the front passenger seat with the five and seven-seat luxury package and some changes to software programming.
Where the Kia Carnival employs separate captain’s chairs to make third-row ingress easier, Genesis has chosen to focus the six-seat Genesis GV80 on outright opulence.
That means for an additional $13,500, the two outboard bucket seats feature individual electric fore-aft and backrest adjustment and a one-touch recline position. There is also more ambient lighting for second-row passengers who get their own control dial set into an open pore wood finisher to control the 9.2-inch touchscreens in the front-seat headrests.
The $92,000 2.5-litre RWD GV80 is the only variant not available with the $13,500 six-seat luxury pack, though the five or seven-seat luxury pack (now $500 more at $10,500) adds quilted Nappa leather upholstery, power tailgate and suede headlining.
An 18-way power adjustable front passenger seat replaces the 16-way pew from the prior luxury pack at no extra cost, correcting one of the few negatives we noted in our long-term review of the Genesis GV80.
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There are a host of small tweaks to improve GV80 livability including an intelligent speed limit assist program, updated blind-spot monitoring mirror logo and new graphic for the lane-follow assist button.
Passive safety has improved with the whole GV80 range adopting the four-piston calipers and larger 380mm (+20mm) ventilated front rotors from the 3.5-litre turbo.
Adding to the level of luxury is the ‘Recirculation Plus’ mode for the HVAC system, while the rear door keyless entry buttons now function as both lock and unlock controls where before they were for locking the car only.
Genesis has also added a new paint colour called Barossa Burgundy metallic – taken from the smaller GV70 SUV introduced in late 2021 –alongside the nine other exterior colours. Matte paint ($2000) is now only able to be optioned if the luxury pack is also selected.
For the moment the GV80 won’t be getting the electric treatment applied to its smaller GV70 sibling, and will retain the same lineup of combustion powertrains.
The entry-level GV80 features a 224kW/420nm 2.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder which sends power to the rear wheels for $92,000, or all-four for an extra $5000.
From $105,000 a 204kW/558Nm 3.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six is available and that adds a rear limited-slip differential, 22-inch alloy wheels and adaptive dampers with steel springs.
The range-topping 279kW/530Nm 3.5-litre petrol V6 can be identified by its dual exhaust tips in combination with the 22-inch alloy wheel and $109,500 starting price.
All GV80s use an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and get leather upholstery, a 21-speaker Lexicon sound system, 14.5-inch touchscreen, open pore wood trim and a panoramic sunroof.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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