Hyundai’s Genesis prepares Mercedes-Maybach rival; caught testing in Germany
The recently announced luxury brand, Genesis, from Hyundai’s stable appears to have been readying a Mercedes-Maybach rival with its new G90 sedan. The Maybach limousine version of the Mercedes is basically the S-Class with an extended wheelbase. Genesis is trying to do just that with the BMW 7-Series competing luxury G90 sedan which was caught testing in Germany lately.
The test mule had no Camouflage on it and it’s very much identical to the standard G90 premium sedan that was unveiled as the first product from Genesis brand. The spotted model had a thicker B-pillar and longer rear doors suggesting the long-wheelbase of the Mercedes-Maybach rivalling G90.
Taking design cues from the Vision G Coupe, the long-wheelbase G90 has a bolder and prominent chrome grille flanked by the swooping headlights. It has sleeker LED tail-lamps and a dual exhaust system with front bumpers similar to the standard version.
Although no details of the interiors have been known yet, it will carry all the sumptuous substance from the standard model besides having all the necessary features a limousine beckons like massage function on individual rear seats, multiple touchscreen infotainment systems, a chilled mini-bar and so on.
The four-seater standard G90 gets a centre console running to the length of the huge cabin and electrically adjustable seats. It has a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the dashboard and individual 9.2-inch displays for rear passengers in addition to a three-zone climate control and Lexicon sound system.
The extended wheelbase G90 sedan is more likely to carry over the powertrains from standard G90 which will be up for grabs in Korea later this month as the EQ900. The standard model replaces Hyundai Equus globally whilst a G80 two-door coupé and G70 crossover model will follow its footsteps.
The G90 is powered by two V6 power units namely a 3.8-litre petrol engine producing 329bhp, a 3.3-litre twin-turbo making 365bhp and the top-of-the-range 5.0-litre V8 that churns out 419bhp. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with optional all-wheel-drive and Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension systems on offer.