Genesis G90 Highlights Safety Tech, Advanced Powertrain
Photo by Mike Antich.
The Genesis brand showed its luxury flagship sedan, the G90, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. The 2017 G90 features Genesis Smart Sense, a suite of driver safety technologies.
Genesis' flagship luxury sedan has two engine options, the 3.3L twin-turbocharged V-6, capable of reaching an estimated 365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque and the 5.0L direct-injected V-8 engine which is capable of 420 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. Rear-wheel drive comes standard for the G90.
An advanced H-TRAC all-wheel drive (AWD) system is available with either powertrain, for confident control under adverse driving conditions such as ice or snow. This system features an electronic transfer case with active torque control and offers dual-mode sport or normal calibrations that are linked to the Intelligent Drive Mode.
The H-TRAC system can direct up to 40% of available torque to the front axle, for enhanced traction in adverse conditions. In more ideal conditions, the H-TRAC Sport calibration features a high degree of rear-drive bias for sportier cornering and acceleration characteristics, with up to 90% of available torque distributed to the rear axle.
Photo of 2017 Genesis G90 courtesy of Hyundai.
The G90 features Genesis Smart Sense, a suite of driver safety technologies. These features cover the full spectrum of active and passive safety, including driver alertness and focus to total occupant safety, and even the safety of other drivers around you. This suite brings together systems such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start, Smart Blind Spot Detection and Lane Keep Assist.
G90’s Automatic Emergency Braking, uses sensor fusion technology to help avoid a potential collision or reduce its impact. With this system, G90 will employ automatic braking when it detects another vehicle or pedestrian at an unsafe closing rate of speed. This system uses the front radar from the Smart Cruise Control system and the forward camera from the Lane Keep Assist to provide this extra margin of safety.
The G90 aims to appeal with its interior and exterior stylings. After nearly four years of intense research and planning, engineers and designers opted for something sporty and spacious.
From the front perspective, the G90 identity is conveyed through a Genesis-family design feature, the ‘CREST’ grille, and crowned with the winged Genesis emblem.
Passenger space is a key component of interior comfort and design, and the new G90 has significantly improved spaciousness, derived in part from a 4.5-inch increase in wheelbase for passenger comfort. This increase in wheelbase also resulted in reduced overall overhangs when compared with the previous model. Inside the cabin, this translates to more front headroom (41.1 inches) and legroom (46.3 inches) compared with key competitors.