The Genesis premium brand by Hyundai will be launched in Australia this September, and the Hyundai Genesis large sedan will be updated and rebranded as the Genesis G80. According to CarAdvice, the Australian-spec G80 will get a local suspension tune for better dynamics.

The publication said that Hyundai’s Sydney-based team had chosen the E39 BMW 5 Series as the G80’s dynamic benchmark. While the E39 is famous for its good ride and handling balance, it’s still eye-catching to read of a 20-year old car being a benchmark. Popular with limo drivers Down Under, the Genesis is described as a cushy, spacious and plush model that won’t set any handling benchmarks.

It’s not certain yet if Australia will get the Genesis G80 Sport with a 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6 with 365 hp and 510 Nm, which was revealed late last year with more aggressive looks and a sportier set-up.

The Genesis G80 will debut there alongside the all-new Genesis G70, which takes Hyundai’s luxury brand into the compact premium exec segment dominated by the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. Asian rivals include the Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50. To start with, Genesis won’t have stand-alone dealerships in Oz, but dedicated sections within Hyundai outlets.

GALLERY: Genesis G80 Sport


GALLERY: E39 BMW 5 Series