2018 Genesis G70 revealed

Posted on Sep 16, 2017 by

New G70 joins the Korean company’s G80 and G90 to complete the line-up

2018 genesis G70

At the company’s design centre in Nankang, South Korea, Hyundai-Kia’s luxury marque Genesis just revealed the new 2018 G70 sedan before the model starts rolling out to global markets later this month.

Going up against established rivals like the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and Lexus IS, the new measures in slightly longer, but crucially wider and lower than something like a BMW 3 Series for example.

2018 genesis G70

Even though it’s being introduced to the line-up as the smallest, entry-level model from Genesis, the G70 showcases the brand’s future styling direction with its Luc Donckerwolke-led (former Bentley man) design.

His team focussed on a long bonnet and short overhangs, and character lines now extending from the bonnet emblem and the crest-type grille flanked by more aggressive air intakes.

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On the interior front the Genesis G70 seems to borrow a bit from each of its German rivals which is no bad thing, with a driver-orientated dashboard and centre console, plus proper premium materials such as aluminium used for the door handles, quilted leather, real metal speaker grilles, and soft touch surfaces. Customers will have the choice of 10 exterior colours and five interior options, with two options saved exclusively for the top-spec G70 Sport.

Speaking of which there will be three powertrains to choose from, with the mentioned G70 Sport topping the line-up with a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 rated at 370 horsepower and 520Nm of torque. It’ll do 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 270km/h making it quicker than a BMW 340i for example.

Other options include a diesel and an entry-level 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder model worth 250 horsepower and 360Nm of torque.

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Genesis isn’t shying away from performance comparisons in this tough segment, since the G70 introduces kit like launch control, dynamic torque vectoring and a proper, mechanical limited slip differential for some sideways action if that’s your thing.

The Koreans say particular attention was paid to minimising noise, vibration and harshness, and there are promises of a significantly stiffer chassis compared to the G80 and G90 models.

As ever the big draw with this brand is the level of kit included as standard, so expect stuff like advanced driver assistance systems, and electrically adjustable everything plus a 15-speaker Lexicon sound system. Final specifications for the Middle East will be announced early in 2018 before the model’s due in our region.

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