The Genesis G70 Shooting Brake Is A Tasty Piece of Forbidden Fruit
Europe’s wagon market just got a little bit bigger, as Korean brand Genesis is looking to take its piece of the pie with the all-new G70 Shooting Brake. Of course, it’s not a shooting brake as you or I would think of it – as in it only has two doors – so it’s really just another wagon. A fine looking wagon, at that. Featuring the G70’s sporty front end paired with a sloping rear roof and tons of cargo room, the G70 Shooting Brake has a lot to offer. Unfortunately, it won’t land in the United States because, well, we’re SUV people, right?
The Genesis GV70 Comes to Take Its Piece of the Compact SUV Segment
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?
The Genesis G70 Sees New Tech, But One Major Area Has Been Left Untouched
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?
The 2021 Genesis G80 Finally Debuts, We See a Second-Gen Mercedes-Benz CLS
Genesis decided it’s high time to spill the beans on the third-generation G80. The sleek sedan is here to do battle with the Germans, more precisely the Audi A7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS, but design-wise, we expected a tad more.
Don’t get us wrong, we’ve been head over heels for sleek sculpted sedans ever since Mercedes-Benz revealed the CL and the first-generation CLS. Since then, this style, more often than not coupled with a sloping roofline has been adopted by many fellow carmakers, including Audi - with the A7 - and BMW - with the 6 Series; no not the current car, the one that it killed a couple of years ago.
That said, let’s have a closer look at the new 2021 Genesis G80.
Genesis Just Let Us In on the Secret That is the 2020 G80 Sedan
Genesis sort of took the wraps off the new G80 midsize luxury sedan with a set of design renderings that look pretty much production-ready from where we are sitting. The new G80 marks the third generation of the car that’s supposed to steal customers from the likes of Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Can the G80 destabilize the German trio, though? Let’s try to find out, based on what info we have right now.
2021 Genesis GV80
The 2021 Genesis GV80 is a midsize SUV from Hyundai’s premium vehicle division. The company’s first crossover, it joins a lineup made of three sedans, so it’s also the company’s largest vehicle yet. Unveiled in South Korea, Genesis’ home market, in January 2020, the GV80 will come to the U.S. later in 2020. Although U.S. engine specs are still a mystery, the SUV will probably travel across the pond with two gasoline units. The GV80 is fitted with an impressive technology package and features the largest infotainment display in its class. More on that in the comprehensive review below.
2021 Genesis GV80 Details and Picture Gallery
After four years on the market, Genesis has finally launched the GV80 – the brand’s first SUV and the model that pushes it into all-new, more competitive territory. The GV80 will be available as a two- or three-row SUV with a fairly luxurious interior that mimics the original GV80 concept quite well. Unfortunately, the massive display screen from the concept doesn’t carry over, but the infotainment display is rather wide for what it is. It’s a good thing too, as it’s not that tall and screen real estate isn’t exactly plentiful here. The two-spoke steering wheels is rather unique, however, the design of the center console feels like a major misstep as it would have been an ideal place (with the right angle) for a massive, Tesla-like display.
For now, the GV80 is only available in South Korea, and it’s only available with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel that’s good for 278 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. It goes on sale later in January 2019, though, so this egg is ready to hatch. Shortly after the official on-sale date, Genesis will introduce a 2.5-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder that’s good for 304 horsepower and a 3.5-liter six-cylinder that pumps out a cool 380 horsepower. According to Genesis, the 3.5-liter is good enough for a 5.7-second sprint to 60 mph.
There’s no specific date as to when the GV80 will circulate to the rest of the world, but there’s a good chance that we’ll start seeing it arrive in Europe and the United States by the end of 2020 or early 2021 as Genesis can’t drop the ball on this and needs a home run if its first-ever SUV is going to take off. Once the GV80 is released in full-scale, expect the GV70 and GV90 flagship to start getting some serious attention.
Genesis Teases Updated G90 with Redesigned Front End
Launched in 2017 as the company’s flagship sedan, the Genesis G90 is in for a facelift for the 2020 model year. Hyundai’s luxury arm has yet to release an official debut date, but published the first teaser photo, and it seems facelift will be quite extensive.
The all-new 2019 Genesis G70 arrives ’manual’ly
Lately, automotive companies have deprived us the opportunity of driving luxury vehicles with manual transmission. However, Hyundai’s premium marque, Genesis, is doing its bit to save the ’tradition.’ The 2019 Genesis G70 debuts in the U.S. and it will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission to quench the thirst of the three-pedal enthusiasts.
2018 Genesis G70
The Genesis brand was introduced in 2015 as Hyundai’s premium division. The name was derived from the Hyundai Genesis, the company’s full-size sedan, which became the Genesis G80 after the rebranding. Before the G80 debuted, the newly-founded brand introduced the G90, a redesigned, more luxurious version of Hyundai’s range-topping sedan, the Equus. Come 2017 and Genesis introduced its third sedan. Called the G70, it is aimed at the premium compact market, which is currently populated by offerings like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Cadillac ATS.
Part of the company’s plan to roll out several new models by 2020, the G70 is Genesis’ last effort in the car market for the time being, as the Korean brand wants to focus on launching a full SUV lineup too. The G70 is slated to go on sale in the U.S. later in 2017 with at least two engines, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the base model, and a 3.3-liter V-6 in the Sport versions. A diesel is also available in Korea, but we might not see it cross the pond to North America anytime soon. Much like the larger G80 and G90, the G70 comes with a solid package of standard features and promises to deliver best-in-class safety, but more on that in the review below.
Continue reading to learn more about the Genesis G70.
The G80 Proves Genesis Is Off to Good Start
In the beginning, Hyundai created Genesis, a premium label under which the South Korean automaker could sell luxury vehicles without the stigma of its value-driven name historically associated with duds like the Excel and a low-cost-before-all value proposition. Hyundai saw that value was good. Yet, instead of resting solely on those merits, the Genesis division is elevated to loftier goals – goals of uncompromised luxury and performance, while undercutting nemesis brands with less-costly price tags.
Hyperbole aside, Genesis has seemingly achieved that goal. See, I’ve spent a week with the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport, the brand’s mid-size executive sedan fitted with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a stiffer suspension over the standard G80. As a jaded journalist who’s driven plenty of high-end sedans with outrageous power, the Genesis had much to prove. But dadgummit, the G80 is simply impressive. It’s soft and cushy in every way when the drive mode is set to normal. The cabin is church mouse quiet, even over broken roads. And its driving controls are butter smooth, with throttle and brake inputs rewarded with linear responses and the steering on-point, though a bit on the vague side. Select Sport mode, though, and the twin-turbocharged G80 comes alive.
Keep reading for more of my impressions.