2023 Genesis G90 loses its V8 engine and gains “Driver” braking mode


Hyundai’s luxury arm hasn’t released any production figures, but we have an idea of ​​what to expect. Codenamed FR, the Smartstreatm G3.5 T-GDi is currently used by the G80 sedan and two sport utility vehicles. In all three applications, the six-cylinder mill develops 375 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 391 pound-feet (530 Nm) at just 1,500 rpm.

Codenamed Tau, the 5.0-liter GDi V8 produces more power and better exhaust rating although it is not as torquey as the force-fed V6. Available with rear-wheel steering, a fingerprint reader and massaging seats, the most luxurious four-door sedan in the Genesis lineup impresses further with its air suspension and… wait… the braking mode with driver.

According to the South Korean automaker, Chauffeur allows the driver to control the braking force according to his preferences and driving conditions, especially if a wealthy rear passenger is involved. Driver is joined by two other modes that Genesis has not yet detailed.

The Preview electronically controlled suspension is a highlight in itself as this system uses a front camera to analyze the road and preset the shocks to improve ride quality. The G90 uses a suite of sensors to elevate its front wheels when going down a slope, preventing damage from contact between the flat road and the undercarriage after the slope. When driving off the beaten path, the G90 can be raised 25 millimeters (almost an inch) at both ends to protect the undercarriage.

Active Noise Control-Road should also be mentioned, along with the laminated glass all around, the auto-flush door handles that open to accommodate the driver, as well as an EasyClose system that closes the doors with a push of a button. a button. Over-the-air software updates, intelligent remote parking assistance, and a 23-speaker audio system pretty much sums up this luxobarge.

Although a far cry from what Mercedes-Benz offers in the S-Class, the Genesis G90 should not be compared to the Sonderklasse. It’s not even a rival for the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8, but a more affordable alternative to all three. For future reference, the outgoing 2022 model is $ 73,950 while the Mercedes S-Class starts at $ 109,800 excluding destination fees.


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