Genesis G70 carries over with the same engines, but it comes with new tech

Back in September 2020, Genesis announced a facelift for the first-generation G70. We’ve seen photos and learned a bit about the updated technology, but engine options remained a mystery. Come October and the Korean brand finally unveiled some specs. Not surprisingly, the G70 carries over with the same gasoline and diesel engines. But are they more powerful than before?

Same drivetrains, same output

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The facelift doesn’t bring any extra power, but that’s hardly surprising for a facelift.

The base gasoline model carries over with the Theta II engine, which is Genesis talk for a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

The turbo-four cranks out the same power as before. It delivers 249 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in standard form, while the Sports package increases power slightly to 252 horses.

The same goes for the Lambda II, the turbocharged, 3.3-liter V-6 gasoline mill. It’s rated at the same 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of twist. Opt for the Sports package, which adds a variable exhaust valve system, and power jumps to 368 horses. On the diesel front, Genesis offers the same 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine as before. The turbocharged oil burner comes with 199 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of twist on tap.

The Genesis G70 Sees New Tech, But One Major Area Has Been Left Untouched Exterior
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The base gas model is fitted with a six-speed manual as standard, but you can upgrade to an eight-speed automatic. The V-6 gasoline model and the diesel are both equipped with the automatic gearbox as standard.

2021 Genesis G70 specifications
Engine turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged, 3.3-liter V-6 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel
Horsepower 249 HP/252 HP 365 HP/368 HP 199 HP
Torque 260 LB-FT 376 LB-FT 325 LB-FT
Transmission six-speed manual eight-speed automatic eight-speed automatic

What’s new on the facelifted Genesis G70?

The Genesis G70 Sees New Tech, But One Major Area Has Been Left Untouched Exterior
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On top of the styling updates that make the G70 more similar to Genesis’ larger sedans, the compact four-door comes with a new and larger, 10.25-inch infotainment display, as well as a larger instrument cluster. The G70 also benefits from over-the-air updates, voice-recognition control, a valet mode, and remote 360-degree view. You can now order options like wireless smartphone charging, a rear-view monitor, built-in dashcam, and an intelligent front lighting system.

All models benefit from a new Sports+ driving mode that optimizes engine and transmission for spirited driving.

The variable exhaust valve system gives the car a more aggressive exhaust note, while the new Dynamic AWD system comes with a built-in drift mode.

The updated Genesis G70 will go on sale in 2021. The sedan will debut in South Korea as usual, followed by releases in Europe and the United States.

Ciprian Florea
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