The 2019 Genesis G70 high-end compact sedan pitches the nascent Hyundai brand name into a turf war with cars like the 3-Series and C-Class. With the G70, Genesis isn’t really simply sending a message; they’re going directly to the bed mattress. The G70 robs the Kia Stinger’s closet for parts and labor to tackle new competitors such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi on their own grass.
When it goes on sale later in 2018, the 2019 G70 will rely on a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4 or 365-hp 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 for inspiration, coupled with an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters or a 6-speed handbook. The latter is a surprise– Audi and Mercedes gave up their third pedal in the States like the guy bun– and one of the crucial differences from the Stinger.
The G70’s design follows carefully the larger G80, at least in broad strokes. What’s brand-new? The G70’s aggressively formed lower front bumper, nose and front fenders request the new sedan’s efficiency qualifications. Gaping consumptions, strakes, and lighting pinch toward a six-sided mesh grille. The G70 has the exact same brief front overhang, like the G80, and a creased hood that bookends the winged Genesis badge. In profile, the Stinger’s long hood is echoed by the G70, while boomerang-shaped trim adds visual drama to the body of the small Genesis that finds out more “upstart” than “facility.”.
The G70’s body sides below the windows have fun with daytime more than the G80 and blue-haired G90; above the fold it takes the G80’s lead, by our eyes. The tail end tapers towards a trunk cover turned up slightly for a sporty appearance.
Inside, the G70 is awash in quilted leather and horizontal lines along the dash. Genesis hasn’t yet comprehensive trim levels for the G70, but it’s most likely that even base models will wear artificial hides with contrast stitching in multiple tones.
The 2.0-liter turbo-4 is the only way to get rear-wheel drive or a 6-speed manual (they need to come together), and the 3.3-liter comes standard with rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is available with both engines. Introduce control is basic on all models and while Genesis hasn’t specified efficiency figures, similar powertrains in the Kia Stinger handle an added to 60 mph in less than six seconds with the turbo-4 and less than 5 seconds in the V-6.
Some versions of the G70 will get a limited-slip differential for much better cornering and control, and uprated Brembos are available for much shorter stops. All G70s get front struts and a rear multi-link suspension setup tuned for a canyon workout.
Compared to the Stinger, the G70 is almost three inches shorter in between the wheels and almost half a foot more compact, bumper to bumper. Compared with the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the G70 is sized within 2 inches in a lot of dimensions. (Eds: Splitting hairs or splitting successors?).
Genesis hasn’t yet detailed exactly what features the 2019 G70 will have when it goes on sale later this year, but a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system, nappa leather, 19-inch wheels with summer tires, and uprated brakes are all on the choices list. Active safety features, 18-inch wheels, and Genesis’ concierge services are all likely standard.
Genesis hasn’t yet announced how much the G70 will cost, however like the G80 and G90 prior to it, we expect it to damage competitors by thousands.