• The Genesis GV70 Comes to Take Its Piece of the Compact SUV Segment

Genesis has finally entered the high-volume segment with a premium, intimidating offering

Genesis has finally stepped on the A-pedal. Launches are happening often now, and we’d like to see the trend continue because the products coming out of the oven are pretty good. Hyundai’s luxury brand recently unveiled the GV80 SUV, and now it has taken the wraps off its sporty crossover, the GV70. Given how the compact SUV/crossover market is booming, this might be one of the most important products in Genesis’ portfolio. Can it become the company’s best-seller?

How’s The GV70 On The Outside?

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The GV70 becomes the fifth Genesis-branded product that one can buy today. The automaker has three sedans and a full-sized SUV in its lineup, thus making the GV70 the best option for customers who don’t want to go to either end of the spectrum. The aesthetic appearance is quite striking, thanks to the signature Crest grille and the split-headlamp setup.

Technically, it is the GV80’s younger sibling, but the GV70 has a lot more bling and pizzazz when compared to the flagship SUV.
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The sloping coupe-like roofline at the back and the stylized C- and D-pillar add to the oomph factor. The round wheel arches are wide, thus making the wheels look a size small in the images. Wheels up to 21 inches will be offered on the GV70, but we aren’t sure which ones are equipped on the model shows in the images.

The rear also gives the low-slung illusion, primarily because the rear windshield and the rear-quarter glass aren’t in proportion. To further add the sporty SUV vibe, skid plates are added at the front and back. This design philosophy, by the way, is called “Athletic Elegance” in Genesis’ speak.

Feels Premium On The Inside

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The cabin looks plush and luxurious, but the two-spoke steering wheel will draw polarizing opinions. The touchscreen infotainment system sits on the dash and looks to be the same 14.5-inch unit seen on the GV80. The same goes for the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as well. If we go by the pictures, the GV70 will have most of the features of the GV80 and the only difference will be that the latter will be available with an optional third row.

Genesis GV70 Sport Package

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Genesis will be offering a Sport package when the GV70 goes on sale. It will feature:

  • Unique front bumper
  • 21-inch G-Matrix pattern-applied wheels
  • Black chrome accents
  • Larger exhaust pipes
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Carbon-fiber appointed consoles and doors
  • Exclusive colors and trims inside the cabin

The Sport package could come with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, whereas the other trims will ride on Michelin Primacy Tour all-season tires.

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There’s no information on the drivetrain options, but we do know that it is based on the same platform as the G70 sedan. This means it will be offered in a rear-wheel-drive avatar as standard and perhaps, all-wheel-drive as an option. If the engines are carried over from the G70, then we can expect a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged mill, and a 3.3-liter, V-6 twin-turbo mill to be offered on the GV70 as well. These engines churn out 252 and 365 horses respectively.

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

Final Thoughts

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The Genesis GV70 will arrive at the dealerships in the States sometime in 2021. Further details will be revealed closer to the launch date. As for the pricing, it could be priced slightly lower than its German counterparts, which puts the starting price somewhere around $38,000. What do you have to say about the Genesis GV70? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Today, Genesis officially revealed the exterior and interior of the athletic and sporty GV70 SUV. The much-anticipated GV70 becomes the fifth model in the Genesis lineup, joining the G70, G80, and G90 sedans, along with recently announced GV80 flagship SUV. Like all other Genesis models, the GV70 will be based on a rear-wheel-drive platform.

“Genesis continues to build on our solid foundation with the addition of new and exciting products to our lineup,” said Mark Del Rosso, President and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Motor North America. “We recently launched our first-ever SUV, the flagship GV80, with U.S. deliveries beginning in the next thirty days. Now, with the upcoming release of the dynamic GV70 and a further diversified product portfolio, Genesis will be able to reach an even broader audience of American consumers.”

The “G” in GV70 represents Genesis, while the “V” refers to the versatility that only a Genesis SUV can offer.

Inspired by the design philosophy of “Athletic Elegance”, the GV70 features a sporty and powerful appearance.

The design of the GV70’s front is thoroughly unique. The iconic Crest Grille, which takes its shape from the Genesis logo, has been set lower than the Quad Lamps to reflect the SUV’s athletic nature, while the two lines of the Quad Lamps evoke a sense of speed and dynamism. Skid plates placed on the bottom of the bumpers reinforce the SUV’s powerful image.

When viewed from the side, the GV70 exudes an elegant sensibility. The arching Parabolic Line, which begins at the top of the Quad Lamps and runs elegantly along the side of the SUV, creates a dramatic contrast with the muscular rear fenders. The sleek and elegant coupe-like roofline, along with the dropping chrome line to the C-pillar, accentuate the GV70’s unique athletic characteristic.

At the rear, the taillights feature the ultra-thin signature two lines of the Quad Lamps, while all functional elements are set in the bumper, helping to achieve exceptionally clean, pure forms. The rear also features a number of subtle design details – including a G-Matrix pattern-applied bumper, a unique vertical shaped muffler, and a body-colored diffuser – that accentuate the GV70’s dynamic look.

Genesis also unveiled a GV70 Sport model, which features an eye-catching design.

The Sport package model includes an exclusively designed front bumper and 21-inch, G-Matrix pattern-applied wheels, as well as dark chrome garnishes and a large diameter exhaust, which evoke a pronounced dynamic expression. The Sport model’s interior features exclusive colors and trim, including a sport steering wheel and carbon-fiber appointed consoles and doors, which accentuate its dynamic image.

“The audaciously designed new GV70 breaks new ground for Genesis through purity of design execution. This follows the Genesis G80 and GV80 which demonstrated the perfect balance of our design identity ’Athletic Elegance,’” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Genesis Design.”

He added “The new GV70 inherits the Genesis design DNA including signature elements, such as the Wing Face and Two Lines. Along with the G70, the athletic 70-series line-up expands our design territory. As a luxury brand based in Korea, we are excited to offer the ‘Beauty of White Space’, Genesis’ contemporary spatial experience exclusively to our customers.”

The first-ever GV70 is expected to arrive in the United States in calendar year 2021. More details will be available closer to launch.

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