Previewed last month in its home-market EQ900 form, the 2017 Genesis G90 sedan debuted in U.S. trim at Detroit. Launched as part of Hyundai’s new luxury-oriented Genesis sub-brand, this Equus replacement will serve as the division’s new flagship and promises to offer “world-class technological innovations and the highest levels of refinement, convenience and dynamic performance” as a rival to the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. 

Purposeful design

The first of what Hyundai said will be six new Genesis models, the G90 was penned by the automaker’s new Prestige Design Group. It’s substantial but sleek exterior embodies “Athletic Elegance” cues that also will be found in future products. Its clean, crisp body contours anchored by a prominent Crest grille are set off with LED-enhanced lighting and complemented by tasteful brightwork along with 19-inch alloy wheels.

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Here in America, the new Genesis G90 will offer two engines, both direct injected with Continuously Variable Valve Timing. A 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque is standard while a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that cranks out 420 horses and 383 lb-ft of peak twist at 5,000 revs will be optional. Both engines are backed by an upgraded Gen II version of Hyundai’s 8-speed automatic transmission that’s smaller, lighter and more efficient.

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To ensure excellent dynamics in standard rear-drive and available H-TRAC all-wheel drive, the new Genesis G90 matches a revamped body that’s stiffer and stronger than the present Equus with multilink chassis elements that incorporate a new Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension. Developed by Sachs/ZF, GACS works with the car’s Intelligent Drive Mode setup and offers four driver-selectable settings – Eco, Smart. Sport and Individual – that fine tune the suspension, steering, stability control, throttle, transmission and AWD.

Refined interior

Inside, the G90’s wood and Nappa leather cabin is focused on pleasing all within. With 4.5 inches of added wheelbase over the Equus, the new G90 is roomy, and extensive noise-attenuation efforts that range from acoustic glass to engineered sound deadening materials on and under the floor area should keep it serene at cruising speeds. Highlights of the G90’s impressive standard equipment roster include heated/ventilated power front seats – with 22-way adjustability for the driver and 16-way for the passenger – a head-up display, tri-zone climate control with Air Quality System, navigation with a 12.3-inch center touchscreen, Lexicon Premium audio system with QuantumLogic Surround Sound, Qi wireless charging, and a hands-free power Smart Trunk. The V8-powered G90s also feature heated/ventilated rear seats with power-reclining outboard backs and dual 9.2-inch high-def video screens.

On the safety front, the new G90 has a 360-degree surround view camera and the Genesis Smart Sense suite of driver-assists that include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start, Smart Blind Spot Detection and Lane Keep Assist. Set to hit showrooms later this year, pricing for the 2017 Genesis G90 will be released closer to its actual on-sale date.


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