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2020 Genesis G90: How 'Bout That Grille?

Competes with: Cadillac CT6, Lincoln Continental

Looks like: Genesis wins the award for biggest front grille

Drivetrain: 365-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 or 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: December 2019

The Genesis G90 has been around for three model years, and for 2020 the full-size luxury sedan gets some significant design updates including a bold new front end, revised rear styling, an updated interior and new safety features. The 2020 G90’s arrival at U.S. dealers is slated for shortly after its 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show debut; it goes on sale in December.

Related: More 2019 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

Exterior

Though the 2020 G90 retains the same general shape as its predecessor, Genesis says all its body panels are new apart from the doors and the roof. The changes are most apparent in front, where the sedan swaps its old six-sided grille for a massive five-sided mesh grille that dominates the car. New headlights border the grille, and they’re bisected by daytime running lights.

The back of the G90 sees an equally significant update. Taillights that previously ended at the trunk lid are now thin light strips, one of which extends the width of the tail. The license plate location has moved from the trunk lid to the rear bumper, and the exhaust outlets mimic the five-sided shape of the front grille.

2020 Genesis G90

Interior

Changes to the cabin are more subtle but, collectively, give the interior a cleaner appearance. The center dashboard air vents are wider and thinner, and the dashboard and center console have updated buttons and knobs. Chrome, leather and open-pore wood are used as interior accents.

2020 Genesis G90

On the tech front, the standard 12.3-inch dashboard display now works like a touchscreen if you’d rather not use the console knob controller. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are included, and the 2020 G90 is the first Genesis model with over-the-air navigation map updates.

Under the Hood

The G90’s drivetrain offerings carry over for 2020. A 365-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine is standard while a 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 is optional. Both engines work with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. EPA-estimated gas mileage for the V-6 engine is 17/25/20 mpg city/highway/combined, regardless of whether the car has rear- or all-wheel drive. The rear-drive V-8 sedan, meanwhile, is rated at 16/24/19 mpg and the all-wheel-drive V-8 version gets 15/23/18 mpg.

Safety

Newly available active safety features include lane following assist to help keep the car centered in its lane, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, forward collision avoidance with cyclist detection and safe exit assist that can warn occupants when it may not be safe to open a door.

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