Searching the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database for the alphanumeric “GT90” returns 21 results. All but four results are dead. Three of those four trademark requests come from Hyundai, one of them filed this month. As Carscoops noted, on April 4, Hyundai asked to reserve the character logo for “GT90 Genesis” for two categories: Automobiles and sports cars. As usual, a trademark application doesn’t mean we’ll see the trademark used anywhere. The Korean automaker’s been toying with this idea for years, though. In 2017, it requested to reserve the name “Genesis GT90,” in 2020 it applied to protect the same GT90 Genesis logo in several categories that did not include sports cars. The suspicion is that the GT name will could be for a grand tourer based on one of the Speedium concepts revealed in the last few years.
The GT90 Genesis filing comes about two months after Hyundai supposedly told U.S. dealers the Genesis X Convertible concept will enter production. Descriptions from the chairman of Genesis’ national dealer advisory council laid out a flagship product to launch the brand into another uncharted reach, attempting to take Genesis in the same direction the Celestiq is attempting to take Cadillac. Peter Lanzavecchia told Automotive News about the possible production car, “I don’t know if it’s going to be over $200,000 or $300,000, but I guarantee we’re going see a lot of Bentley Continental convertible trade-ins on that when it comes to our showrooms.” Other luxury news and rumor in the background at Genesis have the head of product planning telling Autocar, “We do talk about developing ‘effortless’ [electric] powertrains — enough power to be enjoyable in all circumstances, and which satisfies the luxury experience,” and a report that there’s work on a One of One personalization division. Both tidbits would fit with the arrival of a top-shelf electric GT.
And if one, why not more? Carscoops found more applications for GT60, GT70, and GT80 filed in Cuba. Genesis has said it won’t abandon the sedan segment, and it wants more coupes and convertibles. Many automakers have said EVs open up the business cases for those two-doors and droptops that have become even more niche in the past decade. For Genesis, a three-pronged approach of G sedans, GV crossovers, and GT coupes and convertibles could be the result.