Sharp eyes and quick reflexes might have caught the new 2017 Genesis G90 out in the wild undergoing cold weather testing on the open road. And the G90 wasn’t alone. A BMW 7 Series was spotted accompanying the G90 during its test run.
With the unveiling of its G90 luxury sedan at the Detroit auto show, Hyundai made it official that Genesis will be spun off into a separate luxury brand with its own full lineup of sedans and SUVs. Since the G90 is the flagship and first model launched for the brand, the carmaker made it clear that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8 are squarely in their sights.
Mechanically the G90 rides on its own rear-wheel drive platform, and will not share powertrains or components with any vehicles from Hyundai. Buyers can choose from either a 5.0-liter V-8 good for 420 horsepower or a 3.3-liter, twin turbo V-6 producing 365 horsepower. Both engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a choice of rear or all-wheel-drive.
Genesis showrooms are not ready, but company representatives emphasized that a stress-free ownership experience will include cars brought to your home or office for a test drive if you’re contemplating a purchase, and concierge persons to pick them up for service once you do.
Here is a video from the summer of 2015 as TFLcar crew spies what we then thought was the next generation Hyundai Equus. However, it appears more like the 2017 Genesis G90 sedan that was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show.