Thanks to a complete redesign for the new model year, the 2020 Genesis G90 is a luxury sedan that readily calls attention to itself. The vehicle’s exterior now features a five-sided grille, dramatically tapered headlights and taillights, and sharp horizontal body lines running the full length of the car. Completed with a newly redesigned hood and a tapering back end, the 2020 G90 achieves a sharp, edgy look from front to back that still maintains the refinement you would expect from a leading luxury car brand.
Inside, some more modest changes have been made. Most important among these is the noise-canceling technology that has been added to the car’s cabin, providing a tranquil and quiet ride for both yourself and your passengers. The car’s infotainment system now offers a wireless update feature, making it a bit more technologically friendly than past model years. Aesthetically, the luxurious interior hasn’t been changed much, but a few accents have been added to give it a little more visual appeal.
Thus far, Genesis has not released exact prices for the 2020 G90. However, the eventual price is likely to be fairly similar to that of the 2019 G90, which has a starting MSRP of $69,345. The 2020 Genesis G90 is expected to arrive in dealerships sometime in the summer of 2019.
The 2020 Genesis G90 will be available with two different engine options. The first, a special order 3.3-liter V6 featuring twin turbochargers, produces 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. For more power, buyers can also choose a 5.0-liter V8 that will produce 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Both engine options are expected to be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth, sporty shifting.
Whichever engine option you choose, your Genesis G90 will be available in either an all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive format. The all-wheel drive system of the new G90 is paired with an electronic distribution system that can automatically allocate power to the front or rear wheels in accordance with present driving conditions. To make the ride even smoother than it already is, Genesis is also adding an adaptive suspension that will ensure maximum comfort for both drivers and passengers.
As of the time of this writing, Genesis has not released its final fuel efficiency measurements for the 2020 G90. However, owing to the fact that the engine options are the same between the 2019 and 2020 model years, it is reasonable to assume that the fuel mileage will be roughly similar.
In the case of the 2019 G20, fuel mileage is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway for the V6 engine option, and 15 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway for the V8.
Safety and Entertainment Features
Beyond its appearance and performance, the 2020 Genesis G90 offers an excellent array of advanced features that will keep you safe while driving. Some of these features include:
- 10 surrounding airbags
- Lane keeping assistance
- Blind spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alerts
- Safe exit assist to prevent traffic accidents when opening doors
- Adaptive highway driving assist
Among the many advantages of the 2020 Genesis G90 is the fact that these safety features all come standard, rather than as add-on options. As a result, you can be sure that you’re getting an excellent safety package, even if you’re only buying the most basic G90 available.
The new G90 also includes entertainment features to make your drives more enjoyable. The infotainment system is powered by a 12.3-inch touchscreen controller equipped with screen sharing for managing several functions at once. The system is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Unlike previous models, the infotainment system in the G90 can be updated through wireless software updates, making it possible to access the latest maps for navigation without needing to physically plug the system into a compatible device.
One of the most interesting features of the 2020 Genesis G90 is its predictive maintenance system. By analyzing data regarding your driving habits and general wear and tear to the car, this system can make predictions about when you will need to bring your G90 in for maintenance. This kind of predictive system can be extremely convenient, as it allows you to maintain your vehicle in a proactive way, rather than just making repairs when something finally does go wrong.
How it Stacks up Against the Competition
So far, the Genesis G90 appears set to be a leading model in the 2020 luxury sedan class. Its new exterior redesign makes it more eye-catching than the much-anticipated 2020 BMW 7-Series. Assuming its final price point does not rise significantly from the 2019 model, the new G90 will also likely be quite competitive in terms of value. The new version also has the advantage of building on a platform that has received universally good reviews and has been rated as one of the top options in its class. The 2019 G90, for example, tied for third in the top 10 large luxury cars by U.S. News and World Report.
Pros and Cons
Based on the information available at the moment, the 2020 Genesis G90 boasts the following strong points:
- Excellent safety features included as standard equipment
- Sharp, eye-catching exterior design
- A comfortable, quiet interior
- Ample available power
- Useful predictive maintenance system
As with all vehicles, however, the new G90 also has its weak points. The most major of these is the fact that this luxury sedan is fairly basic in terms of entertainment features. While most high-end luxury cars now come with rather advanced entertainment and connectivity systems built into them, the 2020 G90 takes a more stripped-down approach to this aspect of its overall design. If you’re a driver who doesn’t tend to use such features, though, this can actually be a positive in its own right. By avoiding the plethora of entertainment features that many other luxury sedans offer, the G90 can keep you from overpaying for technology you don’t use or need.
Overall, the 2020 Genesis G90 appears set to be a leading competitor in the next model year’s luxury sedan category. The G90’s redesign may also set the stage for other offerings from Genesis down the line. At present, the brand is known to be working toward the release of a variety of different concept cars, including the Genesis New York and Genesis Essentia.