2016 Detroit Auto Show LIVE: 2017 Genesis G90 premieres in North America [gallery] image

Following the world premiere introduction at home in South Korea, the Genesis luxury brand has officially debuted its first ever model – the G90 – on US soil during the North American International Auto Show.

Replacing the Hyundai Equus, the Genesis G90 is the first distinct effort by the Hyundai group to trample on the luxury territory owned by German, American and Japanese brands. The fullsize luxury model G90 is a real contender in the segment as it features a much larger footprint than the Equus – the wheelbase for example is 4.5 inches (11.4 centimeters) longer while the engineers also looked particularly upon the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels. The 2017 US-spec Genesis G90 has been presented sporting just two main engines under the hood: the all new biturbo 3.3-liter V6 developing 365 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 376 pound-feet of torque from 1,300 rpm. The other version comes packing the flagship naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 churning out 420 hp at 6,000 rpm and 383 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm. The standard configuration has RWD but the priciest version can also use the H-TRAC all-wheel drive system while the model only uses an eight-speed automatic transmission for power transfer.

If the G90’s exterior keeps the Equus line as a continuation, the cabin boasts a completely different take – coming with every amenity currently on offer. That includes a 12.3-inch screen for the infotainment system, a 22-way electronically-controlled power driver’s seat, a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system with a subwoofer, or numerous safety and assistance systems. We could also put on the list things such as full LED headlights, head-up display, VIP configurations for the rear seats, a rear-seat entertainment system featuring dual 9.2-inch screens and others.