New Genesis G70 Arrives With New Athletic Elegance Design Philosophy
The new Genesis G70 borrows from the bigger G80, but it’s also sportier than beforeby Ciprian Florea, on LISTEN 03:30
Back in 2017, Genesis introduced the G70. The third model from Hyundai’s premium division, the G70 was aimed at compact vehicles like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4, among others. Its success in the U.S. was rather limited compared to the German competition, but the G70 snatched some awards. Come 2020 and Genesis is updating the sedan for its mid-cycle facelift. Although its official debut won’t happen until October, Genesis did release a few images and some details about the compact four-door.
The Genesis G70 looks like a shrunken G80
Genesis upgraded the G70 with styling features from the G80, so it looks like a shrunken version of the midsize model.
But this is good news if you like the bigger grille, the almost completely vented front bumper, and the two-piece horizontal headlamps. The profile also looks a bit more muscular now, as if Genesis is preparing the G70 to go against high-performance sedans like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63.
The rear end also looks similar to the G80, especially the integrated trunk lid spoiler, the shape of the lid, and the pointy bumper. However, the G70 features oval exhaust pipes and a small diffuser with four vertical fins. More importantly, the two-piece taillights are much shorter and they don’t run into the trunk lid like on the G80. But the G70’s rear end looks sportier overall.
The Genesis G70 features new tech inside
The interior remains rather unchanged as far as layout and materials go, but Genesis is introducing a new, larger display for the infotainment system. Sporting a 10.25-inch diagonal, it’s powered by the latest infotainment system that supports over-the-air updates and features Apple CarPlay and a Valet mode. The wireless charging system has been changed to a horizontal layout so it can accommodate various smartphone sizes.
The Genesis G70 comes with both gasoline and diesel power
Genesis didn’t mention a word about the sedan’s drivetrains, but it should carry over with the same gasoline and diesel options.
On the gas front, look for an entry-level model with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The range-topping model will probably feature the larger, 3.3-liter V-6 that cranks out 365 horses and 376 pound-feet of twist. While the base model is available with both a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic, the V-6 will be restricted to the automatic gearbox only. Both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive models will be offered, with the quickest to hit 60 mph in less than five seconds.
Moving over to the diesel G70, it will be powered by Hyundai's 2.2-liter CRDi engine, in this case rated at 199 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
Granted, the facelift will likely bring some upgrades under the hood, but they might not affect the power ratings. If they do, expect only minor increases.