• The Genesis G70 Sedan Finally Made it to the U.S., and it Puts the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class in Check

Korean specs carry over to the state in all the right ways!

Genesis launched the G70 in Seoul back in September of 2017, and we’ve been waiting for it to cross the pond so that the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class would have some real competition. Outside of the exterior styling and lush interior, the U.S.-bound G70 comes with the same powertrain options as well – a 2.0-liter that’s good for 252 horsepower or a 365-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6. Like its German competition, rear-wheel drive is the standard configuration while the right option box will get you AWD. There’s even the possibility of a six-speed manual if you get the right model.

Genesis G70 in Brief

The Genesis G70 Sedan Finally Made it to the U.S., and it Puts the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class in Check Exterior
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We’ve already seen the Genesis G70 and, since it has all of the same specs, everything will be quite familiar to you

We’ve already seen the Genesis G70 and, since it has all of the same specs, everything will be quite familiar to you. Like it’s Korean-bound counterpart, the U.S.-spec G70 is slated to be a true driver’s car. If you go with the RWD 2.0T model, you can even have a six-speed gearbox. Of course, you’re deprived of that 365-horsepower 3.3-liter but the 252 ponies afforded by that turbo four isn’t exactly something cry about either. If you go with the eight-speed auto transmission, you’ll get a launch control system that should help you get off the line quicker, but if you go with the sport-tuned automatic, you can get paddle shifters. There’s even a limited-slip differential available with the “dynamic package,” and 3.3T models will come with electronically controlled suspension for a slightly better ride.

The Genesis G70 Sedan Finally Made it to the U.S., and it Puts the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class in Check Interior
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Of course, you get Hyundai’s full range of safety features and the G70 is fully customizable to each person who takes the helm

Of course, you get Hyundai’s full range of safety features and the G70 is fully customizable to each person who takes the helm, all of the way down to things like engine response, torque distribution, and suspension give. If you go with the 19-inch wheels, you’ll get Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, and you can even opt for high-performance Brembo brakes — see, like I said, it can be a true driver’s car, you just have to pony up some extra dough for it.

Now, that I’ve given you the general breakdown of the U.S.-Spec model, it’s up to you to determine if the G70 actually gives you a better bang for your buck. Check out our full review to find out for yourself!


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Today, Genesis officially introduced the 2019 G70 luxury performance sedan to the U.S. market at the New York International Auto Show. G70 is the brand’s opening salvo in the highly competitive entry-level luxury segment, designed and engineered to offer driver-focused performance, refined luxury, advanced technology, and a world-class ownership experience.

“The G70’s U.S. debut is a very important milestone for Genesis,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Global Head of the Genesis Brand. “The G70 is all about the driver’s experience. We look forward to how our youngest and most dynamic sedan will connect with our clientele through refined performance and athletic elegant design.”

G70 rounds out the Genesis brand’s sedan lineup, joining the G80, G80 Sport, and flagship G90, and the brand will continue to expand its product portfolio to all echelons of the luxury auto market. The performance-focused G70 has been tested in some of the world’s most challenging environments, including Death Valley, northern Sweden, and Germany’s vaunted Nürburgring Nordschleife, to ensure world-class driving dynamics and exceptional durability.

The G70 represents the future direction of the Genesis brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design signature. Its long hood and short overhangs, dynamic roofline, and high beltline characterize a sleek profile. In the side view, the parabolic character line displays kinetic form language with voluptuous curves and smooth surfaces. Like its sedan stablemates, the G70 features the Genesis Crest Grille with distinctive linear LED daytime-running lights.

G70’s interior resets expectations in the segment, delivering a driver-focused experience with high quality materials and unparalleled attention to detail. Genesis designers specified genuine brushed aluminum surfaces, quilted Nappa leather seats, stainless steel speaker grilles, and premium stitched soft-touch surfaces throughout the interior. An optional 15-speaker Lexicon high-fidelity audio system with QuantumLogic® surround-processing technology transforms any audio source into a rich and immersive listening experience.

“At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication, and talent from our designers,” said Executive Vice President Luc Donckerwolke, Head of Genesis Design. “The G70 is designed to captivate all senses with tensioned, muscular exterior, and rich, tactile interior.”

In the U.S. market, G70 will be available with three powertrain configurations and five trim packages, ranging from the well-equipped Advanced to range-topping Sport. A choice of two engines will be available: a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder, and a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. An 8-speed, sport-tuned automatic with standard steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters is available with either engine. Respecting the segment’s sporting heritage and cadre of driving-oriented enthusiasts, Genesis will offer an optional 6-speed manual gearbox with the 2.0T RWD model. For easy access to maximum acceleration off the line, all automatic G70 models feature a launch control system.

All G70 models ride on a MacPherson multi-link front and multi-link rear suspension with a performance-oriented geometry, offering optimal wheel control and a finely-tuned balance between ride comfort and handling prowess. The G70’s mass is managed via various aluminum components, including an aluminum hood. The G70 2.0T and 3.3T models equipped with the Dynamic package are further enhanced by the inclusion of a mechanical limited slip differential that improves traction on corner exit by balancing torque distribution across the rear axle when wheel spin is detected. G70 3.3T models feature variable gear ratio steering for agile directional response, and 3.3T Sport models add electronically controlled suspension for greater driver adjustability.

Experiencing G70 is customizable to each driver’s preference, with five available drive modes. Adjustable elements include: powertrain response, steering weight, engine sound, all-wheel drive torque distribution, and suspension firmness. Custom-drive mode further adjusts a variety of vehicle parameters to suit preferences or driving conditions.

Optional high-performance Brembo® brakes feature fixed calipers (four-piston front, two-piston rear), ensuring exceptional stopping power and good fade resistance, thanks to 13.8-inch ventilated front rotors. On models featuring 19-inch wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 4® tires provide sharp turn-in response and strong lateral grip.

Like the other models in the Genesis sedan lineup, G70 offers an unparalleled amount of standard active- and passive-safety equipment. Advanced driver-assistance systems such as Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Driver Attention Warning compose the Genesis Active Safety Control suite of safety and convenience technologies. Genesis anticipates receiving the highest possible crash test scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Genesis G70 arrives at retailers in summer 2018, available in eight exterior colors: Victoria Black, Casablanca White, Himalayan Grey, Santiago Silver, Adriatic Blue, Mallorca Blue, Havana Red, and Siberian Ice.

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