2020 Genesis G90 gets thorough redesign

The firm's flagship will arrive in the US in 2019.

Hyundai's Genesis division has revealed the updated G90 during a media event held in its home country of South Korea. The brand's flagship model receives significant visual tweaks that usher in a new design language.

The G90 wears an updated front end with a bigger rendition of the current model's grille that incorporates honeycomb inserts, and more angular headlights each accented by a thin, long LED strip. The rear end gets a new horizontal lights connected by a light bar, a styling cue becoming hugely popular in the luxury car segment, but this isn't a brand-new model so the shape of the body and the overall proportions remain the same.

All told, the G90 looks more stately than before. It competes in a shrinking segment of the market but it remains an immensely important model for the firm. 

"G90 is not just the flagship of Genesis, but the premium automotive flagship of South Korea, and it will continue to spearhead our global brand identity," explained Manfred Fitzgerald, the executive vice president and global head of the firm.

The changes made to the interior are less significant. While the basic design stays the same, the sedan gains an over-the-air updating system for maps and software as well as the latest evolution of Genesis' infotainment system displayed on a 12.3-inch touch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility both come standard.

Genesis hasn't released technical specifications so we don't know whether the mid-cycle update also includes changes to the specifications sheet. The 2019 model is available with either a twin-turbocharged, 3.3-liter V6 rated at 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque or a naturally-aspirated, 5.0-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque on tap. Both engines shift through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2020 Genesis G90 is on sale now in South Korea. We'll learn more about the American-spec model when it makes its debut on U.S. soil. We could see it at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show, or Genesis could wait until early 2019 to bring it to our shores. 

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