While the Korean market has already been introduced to the new Genesis G90 flagship, albeit wearing EQ900 badges, the S-Class rival has made its Western-market debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week.
The G90 takes the place of the previous Hyundai Equus as the the flagship of Hyundai's range, while also introducing Genesis as a stand-alone brand, similar to how Lexus operates at arm's length from its parent company, Toyota.
Focussed on the US market at this stage, with no word yet on an Australian debut, the G90 will be available with a choice of turbocharged 3.3 litre V6 capable of an estimated 272kW, or a 5.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 with an estimated 314kW.
Linked to an eight-speed automatic, with standard rear-wheel-drive, or available H-Trac on-demand all-wheel-drive, the G90 also offers multi-link suspension with adaptive damping, to give the luxury sedan the required technical specifications to face off against established rivals.
The interior of the G90 will feature a 22-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a 16-way adjustable passenger seat, and 12-way power adjustment for the outboard rear seats of V8 models.
A widescreen 12.3-inch display, accessed via a central control-knob offers control of infotainment functions, with a 17-speaker (very up-market) Lexicon surround sound system providing the musical score. V8 models also feature dual 9.2-inch displays for the rear seats.
Three-zone climate control, Qi wireless device charging, a heated steering wheel, powered rear sunshades, proximity key with Smart Trunk opening, power door closing, a 1.0-megapixel reversing camera and 360-degree surround camera, and a head-up display are also part of the G90’s standard features list.
Safety systems fall under the ‘Genesis Smart Sense’ banner, and include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, smart cruise control, smart blind spot detection, and lane keep assist.
While the Genesis brand will be coming to Australia, the G90 flagship is unlikely to be seen here, leaving an updated version of the current Hyundai Genesis, to be rebranded as the Genesis G80, to operate as the brand’s flagship for the time being.