• Genesis Just Revealed A Brutal Competitor for the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC

The upcoming Genesis GV70 is a downsized GV80

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Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, now offers three sedans, with sizes ranging from compact to full-size. The Korean brand is adopting a similar strategy to its SUV lineup, which will include two more models in addition to the GV80 midsize. Next on the list is the GV70, and Genesis just unveiled a camouflaged version in its home country. Slotted below the GV80, the GV70 will compete in the premium compact market against crossovers like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

The Genesis GV70 is a shrunken GV80

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Not surprisingly, the GV70 is pretty much a downsized version of the GV80. It combines styling cues from both the GV80 and the G70 sedan, which was recently updated for the 2021 model year. The front fascia is generic but spectacular at the same time thanks to the massive grille that’s flanked by thin headlamps with twin blades.

The front bumper looks somewhat mundane compared to the G70 sedan, but it's in line with what we can see on the GV80 midsize SUV.
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The profile is very similar to the GV80. The GV70 features the same tall beltline and clean body panels, as well as a thick C-pillar between the rear door window and the angled quarter window. Like most compact crossovers out there, it features a sloping roofline for a coupe-style look.

Similarities to the GV80 continue around back through the twin-blade taillights, but these are notably smaller on the GV70.

The fine details are still obscured by the G-matrix camouflage, but there shouldn’t be any surprised when Genesis removes the wrap.

The Genesis GV70 will feature both gasoline and diesel power

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There’s no word on what will motivate the GV70, but chances are it will share drivetrains with the GV80. The midsize SUV features a selection of two gasoline engines, starting with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. This mill will probably power the range-topping version of the GV70. The GV80 is also available with a 3.5-liter V-6 good for 375 horses and 391 pound-feet of twist, but don’t expect to find this mill on the GV70’s options list. On the other hand, look for the 3.0-liter inline-six diesel, rated at 274 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque.

The GV70 should also borrow the 2.0-liter Theta II from the G70 sedan. This engine churns 249 horses and 260 pound-feet, just enough for the entry-level model. Some markets could also get the 2.2-liter diesel with 199 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of twist.

2020 Genesis GV80 specifications (est)
Engine turbocharged, 2.5-liter four-cylinder 3.8-liter V-6 5.0-liter Tau V-8
Horsepower 290 HP 311 HP 420 HP
Torque 310 LB-FT 293 LB-FT 383 LB-FT
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Today the brand new Genesis GV70 SUV is revealed publicly in Korea. The camouflaged vehicle shown in the accompanying teaser photos previews the brand’s second SUV, a dynamic midsize suv that joins the GV80 in a rapidly expanding model lineup.

The camouflaged GV70 will be tested on public roads in Korea for one month, beginning today. Observers who are fortunate to catch it in the wild can scan a QR code on the vehicle’s wrap to learn more about the camouflage pattern and G-matrix.

"We are thrilled to share this early sneak preview of our second SUV, the Genesis GV70,” said Genesis official. “It telegraphs an exciting new design and reinforces the core brand values that run through our lineup. We look forward to sharing full details on GV70 with everyone in the near future.”

While specific details are presently hidden by the bespoke G-Matrix camouflage pattern, the continued evolution of Genesis’ signature “Athletic Elegance” design language is noticeable.

G-Matrix is inspired by the diffused reflection of light from precision cut diamonds and is a core part of the Genesis brand identity. Drivers can look forward to the creative application of the pattern on the GV70 in different ways, emphasizing the details that are emblematic of the Genesis brand.

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