Genesis chose a ritzy Bel Air mansion to reveal the revamped 2025 GV80 ahead of the L.A. Auto Show. It is an important launch, as this SUV moved the then-fledgling company away from its two-sedan lineup and into an eight-vehicle portfolio that has seen the brand’s sales grow seven-fold in just five short years. However, the freshened look inside and out only scratches the surface. The GV80 is getting a coupe’d running mate, which marks the first time Genesis has put a wheel into the racy-roofline part of the crossover market.

The exterior changes to both versions of GV80 speak to the new direction Genesis is heading — the grille is still in-your-face, but in a more refined, gentile manner. Likewise, the chiselled lines add to the sense of luxury. The key difference between the square-roofed GV80 and its swoopy new sibling boils down to two key items.

First, the racy roofline means the coupe has much less cargo space than the SUV. Second, unlike the SUV, the coupe does not have a rear wiper. As it was with Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, which relied on aerodynamics to clear the rear window, this omission may give rise to the some initial complaints from early adopters.

Inside, the big news is the 27-inch piece of glass that houses the instrumentation and infotainment functions. It may not be quite as intimidating as Mercedes-Benz’s Hyperscreen , but it sure makes a very bold statement — it stretches from the left door to beyond the centre stack.

It is, however, intuitive, as there are defined areas for the three key functions. The climate controls sit below the infotainment screen in the centre stack where they are readily accessed. The main controller for the infotainment system sits ahead of the rotary shifter, with the important hard buttons residing ahead of it.

The refreshed GV80 SUV continues with two powertrain choices. The first is the 300-hp 2.5L turbo-four. The option is the 375-hp 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Both units work with an eight-speed automatic transmission to drive all four wheels. As before, the Canadian connection is the Magna-based all-wheel-drive system.

The new GV80 Coupe takes a different route. It still uses the 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6, but it also features a 48-volt electric supercharger to smooth out and extend the power curve. The extra air it blows into the engine ups the output to 409 stallions and, more importantly, 405 lb-ft of torque from 1,300 rpm.

It works with the same transmission and AWD system — its work ethic, however, promises to put some serious spring in the drive. The GV80 Coupe will be one of the more anticipated First Drives we’re hoping to test when it lands in 2024. Pricing and final specifications will be announced closer to launch next year.

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