2018 Genesis G70: Fresh Face, Refreshing Design
Announced in the wake of the Frankfurt Motor Show the 2018 Genesis G70 is a new model into the entry level luxury sedan market and a staunch example of the exponential improvement ongoing in Hyundai's lineup. The lines presented on the G70 are attractive with sleek LED headlights, aggressively shaped front bumper corners, wide black chrome grille, sculpted side panels, and gorgeously proportioned rear end. Its architecture is a true-to-life representation of the Genesis Vision G concept originally shown at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Luc Donckerwolke, head of Genesis design, used to work for Volkswagen, Bently, and Lamborghini, so the fruits of his team's latest creation shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Hyundai says the four LEDs underneath the main headlight housing are the daytime running lights, soon to become the signature for all future Genesis models. If subsequent Genesis cars always look this good we're excited to see what's coming next.
The G70 can be ordered with your choice of three engines. The first is a diesel R-FR 2.2-liter inline-4 producing 199 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Chances of this engine coming to the states are nil. The second engine is a Theta II turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 petrol unit creating 248 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This places it exactly in line with the BMW 330i. The last but most noteworthy engine is the Lambda II turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 364 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. This one is used in the G70 Sport and may appear similar to the V-6 residing in the Kia Stinger except for the fact that it has 3.3 liters of displacement instead.
All three engines are available in rear- or all-wheel-drive. Unlike the Stinger, both versions will use dynamic torque vectoring through brakes. Front strut and rear multi-link suspension, motor driven power steering, 8-speed automatic transmission, and launch control are standard on the G70. Genesis say the G70 Sport (AWD) can achieve its zero-to-100 kph in 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 167 mph (270 kph). Expect the 2.0-liter to perform the zero-to-100 kph run in 5.4-5.6 seconds. 18-inch wheels with 225/45 R18 Bridgestone RE050A all season tires will be offered as a base for 2.0-liter models while G70 Sport models use 225/40 R19 and 255/40 R19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires with 4-piston Brembo brakes to reinforce the sporty characteristic.
G70 models are offered in 10 color choices for the outside and 7 choices on the inside, two of which are only available on the G70 Sport and top end 2.0-liter. Inside, the G70 maintains a familiar layout. Genesis has fitted the cabin with soft touch materials, aluminum door handles, quilted leather door panels, and Nappa leather seats. The gauge cluster sports a large multi-function display while an 8-inch center console touchscreen features MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as expected from modern luxury cars. Voice command recognition is said to be the first vehicle to use server-based technology brought by Kakao Artificial Intelligence software. A 15-speaker Lexicon sound system can be had as an optional extra. Also included is the normal set of safety technologies like forward collision avoidance assist, highway driving assist, blind spot warning, driver awareness warning, head-up display, and radar-camera guided emergency braking for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists (newly added).
Genesis is scoping in on many of the current entry luxury sedans with the G70. Its competitors - the Jaguar XE, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class, and Infiniti Q50 each have their own advantages Genesis will have to overcome. The South Korean company boasts extensive research and development put into the G70 to increase driving response (lower seating position), reduce noise vibration and harshness, increase torsional rigidity, improve safety, and relay a fine tuned setup. Genesis says they've tested the G70 in Death Valley, Sweden, Nürburgring, and the Alps for ways to progress the driving experience. The size of the chassis seems to support the case as the G70 is 61 mm longer (25 mm longer wheelbase), 39 mm wider, and 29 mm shorter than the BMW F30 3 Series. There's certainly no lack of vision and direction when looking at the G70.
Price will be announced at a later time but from our estimates it looks like the 2.0-liter model will start close to $39,000 while the 3.0-liter Sport will appear to start in the $48,000-$51,000 range. South Korean markets can start ordering the G70 on September 20, 2017 while worldwide markets like North America, Russia, and the Middle East will learn more details (and possibly different specifications) early 2018.