For good reason, the Genesis G90 still looks relatively fresh considering the latest version of the luxobarge that was introduced in 2018. However, it was not a second-gen model but rather a major facelift of the EQ900 launched in 2018. originally at the end of 2015. when Hyundai created Genesis as a standalone luxury brand. Now the revised model is ready to fight the Germans.
The imposing Crest corporate grille is flanked by the well-known “Two Lines” headlight motif of all other Genesis models, including newcomers such as the GV60 and G70 Shooting Brake. Speaking of the all-electric crossover, the revamped G90 also adopts a clamshell hood to give the front fascia a more streamlined design with less visible space.
While the white car represents the standard G90, the blue is a long-wheelbase derivative stretched 190 millimeters (7.5 inches) between the axles for more rear legroom. Keep in mind that this is not the first time that Genesis has offered its flagship an LWB variant, as the outgoing model spawned a Limousine version in its domestic market in early 2019. However, the new extra-long model will be a global offer rather than remaining a South Korean only business.
Both setups have retractable door handles and you can easily identify which is which by the size of the rear doors fitted on the Maybach S-Class and rival Audi A8 L Horch. In addition, Genesis has designed separate 20-inch wheel sets, each more special than the next. We’d go for the intricate alloy design of the SWB, but these seem like a real pain to wash off given the plethora of interconnected lines.
The new G90 has some of the widest side turn signals we’ve ever seen on a production car, continuing the “Two Lines” theme of sleek split headlights. The same lighting idea can be seen at the rear where there are separate rows of LED bars spanning the full width of the bumper and tailgate. The integrated trunk lid spoiler echoes that of the previous generation models, as do the trapezoidal twin tailpipe tips.
Genesis isn’t disclosing any technical specs at this time, but the addition of fixed glass to the rear of the C-pillar tells us that the majestic sedan is longer than its predecessor. As for the interior, our own spy shots of a prototype partially revealed what lies in store for the second-gen G90. Fortunately, the heavy dashboard won’t absorb the air conditioning controls in the touchscreen since the test vehicle still had separate buttons for the HVAC system.
All the missing pieces of the puzzle are expected to arrive in the coming weeks when we expect to see the chic cabin and check out the spec sheet. Sadly, Genesis says the G90 won’t come to Europe, but at least the Old Continent gets the G70 swoopy wagon developed specifically for that region.
The company has had a busy 2021 with the unveiling of the Electrified GV70 and Electrified G80 models joining the GV60 and the long-roof G70. The G80 Sport should not be forgotten either, as Genesis is hard at work after Mercedes, Audi and BMW by expanding its portfolio by entering the European market for the first time.