Genesis has formally taken the wraps off its new G70 sedan. This stylish compact-to-midsize sedan is an important one for the new Genesis brand; it’s the sedan that is slated to take on the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
There’s no question the G70 is a handsome sedan. The design language is obviously pulling cues from other Genesis models, but in general this exterior feels far more dynamic than its siblings. There’s almost a Mercedes feel to certain angles of the car, equating to a premium-like appearance that is necessary to battle it out in the luxury world.
It is also worth noting that Genesis says they are looking at offering a wagon variant of the G70, while a coupe variant is all but confirmed.
The appealing the design is at least partially due to the car’s underpinnings. It’s rear-wheel-drive architecture is allowing for advantageous proportions to yield an attractive small sedan. This is actually the same platform found under the Kia Stinger GT, but this one is shorter and lighter.
In fact, the Genesis G70 even shares engines with the Stinger. This means a 2.0-liter turbo with 250 horsepower serves as a base engine, while a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 with 365 horsepower will serve as an option. While the 2.0-liter may fall in line with the German competition, the 3.3-liter is already packing more power than the 340i. Both engines will be paired to an eight-speed automatic, but there will be an optional manual gearbox.
European buyers will also gain a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel, but that engine is not expected to come stateside at this time.
Inside, the G70’s target customer is pretty obvious. The interior design theme is similar to BMW’s, with a prominent screen placement and dash panel that is in a driver-centric positioning. In photos it appears the G70 interior will live up to the competition, but there’s no word yet on the interior quality of this bad boy.
Housed within the G70 is a host of active safety features and technology that we all expect in a new premium sedan. The eight-inch infotainment display also features integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Genesis G70 will launch in the U.S. in early 2018 as a 2019 model. Expect pricing to start somewhere in the upper $30,000 range, but final pricing won’t be announced until closer to launch.