New Genesis G70 Eyes Germany’s Big 3 Compact Sport Sedans

A few hours after the first images of the long-awaited Genesis G70 surfaced online, the Korean sports sedan been revealed in full and is directly targeting the best Germany has to offer.

When it goes on sale in Korea, the G70 will be offered with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder petrol and a 2.2-liter inline-four diesel. The twin-turbo V6 is the same unit found in the Kia Stinger and drives the performance-oriented G70 Sport, delivering 370 PS (365 hp) and 376 lb-ft of torque.

Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter turbo offers up 254 hp and 260 lb-ft and the diesel delivers 201 hp and 324 lb-ft of twisting force.

In G70 Sport guise, Genesis says the sports sedan will accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a brisk 4.7 seconds, presumably in all-wheel drive guise. For those drivers who want something a little livelier, rear-wheel drive will be available across the range. The Kia Stinger is also available in all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive configurations but hits 62 mph in 4.9 seconds.

Underpinning the G70 is the same platform as the Stinger with the sedan measuring 4,685 mm long, 1,850 mm wide and 1,400 mm high while riding on a 2,835 mm wheelbase.

The G70 will ship with a host of technology features aimed at improving safety. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Blind Sport Collision Warning and Driver Awareness Warning. Genesis says it aims to meet the highest possible crash standards around the world.

From a design standpoint, Genesis says the G70 showcases the brand’s new styling direction and claims the sedan “captures both beauty and tension, like an athlete poised to perform.” Some of the key styling traits include the short front overhang and long hood, sharp silver wheels, prominent character lines, LED taillights and oval-shaped dual tailpipes. Compared to the Stinger, the G70’s design appears much more restrained and will perhaps appeal to a slightly older generation of buyers.

In total, ten exterior colors will be offered: Platinum Silver, Carbon Metal, Marble White, Titanium Black, Racing Gray, Graceful Gray, Lapis Blue, Royal Blue, Blazing Red and Umber Brown.

Discussing the design, head of Genesis Design Luc Donckerwolke said “At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication and talent from our designers. We modulated all parameters from the Genesis DNA to tailor a sports sedan. This challenge required the highest skills and know-how. The G70 is designed to captivate all senses with its sensuous and tensioned muscular volumes.”

In the cabin, the G70 comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen that supports MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system can be ordered and there are a host of luxurious surfaces and accents including aluminum door handles, quilted leather door panels, metal speaker grills and soft touch surfaces.

Details of Genesis G70 models bound for North America, Russia and the Middle East will be announced in early 2018. U.S. customers will have a chance to see it at December’s LA Auto Show.

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  • PK

    the interior = bmw’s pad screen and audi’s electronic wire shifter. come on genesis….

  • ctk4949

    Any pics without the big ass front license plate holder?? lol

    Not feeling that green with the copper accents. I hope not all the G70 Sport have that copper trim. 🙁

  • Justin Spencer

    This is the best Genesis model yet! It borrows slightly from the Acura TLX from the side but looks pretty damned good overall. I would absolutely consider the G70 next time I’m in the market for another car.

  • Mark S

    I am liking it so far. It looks athletic.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Def has potential doesn’t it?
      Big kudos to Hyundai/Kia for bringing the fight. Even if it doesn’t perform as well as the benchmark, it will eat out of the pie that Acura, Infiniti, Lexus and Cadillac currently share.

  • Galaxium

    Having high hopes for this.

    Seems like the infotainment system is just a carryover from typical Hyundai/Kia models, but it’s a good one.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I love it.

    Let’s hope this makes a convincing bid for class president.
    However, I PRAY that iPad is retractable.

    • Nordschleife

      That’s a useless prayer because you know it’s not.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        I know…

  • DHT

    Sure is a disappointment to me – Both exterior and interior.


    only better than infiniti q50

    • Andrewthecarguy

      At least in the looks department, this goes aggressively after the Infiniti.
      If it cannot perform then it will be another bargain entry lux option.

  • sidewaysspin

    Hints of alfa romeo giulia in that first pic.

  • Pg

    getting that 1 series coupe vibe from the rear

  • Craig

    I think it’s very nice. But so is the Acura TLX. I would go for the Stinger.

  • Jonathan Garcia

    i really like it but the interior looks a lot like the one in the Lexus RX.

  • eb110americana

    It reminds me of the Giulia if Hyundai–er, Genesis made it, especially in that red color. Looks pretty decent actually. It’s already more attractive than the 3-Series and A4/S4. Nice to see it comes in 4 freaking shades of silver, plus black, white, a brown that probably looks like warm silver, two blues, and a red. The big question is, will it challenge existing sport sedans when it comes to handling?

  • donald seymour

    Anybody, who knows me on this site, knows that I am a big Genesis fanboy. But to my dismay, I must admit that I’m not impressed with the exterior. It’s not bad, but it’s not great. The interior is a home run however.

    • enthusia

      really? i was always indifferent about the brand… until now
      this car is hot! easily the best looking in the segment imo.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I am honestly surprised. I wonder what is leaving you wanting more?

      • donald seymour

        It’s not bad, but I think it’s the bottom of the front fascia that is bothering me.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          That’s fair, on second it is unnecessarily wide. At least it sorta hides the fake vents.

  • Craig

    Very nice dashboard. Although I’m not a fan of those ‘stick on’ info screens.

  • Matt

    Waaaay too much metallic in that paint, looks like they’re trying way too hard to look ‘premium’. Mazda uses the same trick and it doesn’t work.

    Also scratching my head at the instance of regular filament bulbs for rear indicator/reverse lights – looks out of place against the OLED lamps above.

    Otherwise a handsome car, but no class-leader.

  • steve

    Very generic mix of Infiniti/Lexus/BMW/Alfa styling – pity they could not have been a bit more original.

    • sidewaysspin

      And Jaguar in the interior, it’s a mix alright.

    • bd

      What’s Lexus “styling” aside from the “Predator” grille (which Hyundai did before Lexus on a concept)?

      Same for Infiniti aside from that stylized C-pillar kink (or Acura for that matter with the “beak” and the even uglier new grille design).

      BMW has been pretty much the same for ages and they weren’t the first to do the “Hofmeister kink.”

      Auto designers these days pretty much use the same basic formula in their designs.

      • steve

        Your last line says it all! Chris Bangle never copied other designers!

  • SteersUright

    Great job Hyundai! Definitely an exciting new sedan in their lineup. If I had to pinpoint a few personal niggles I have with the car: it should have been better looking on the outside, the nav screen is both ugly and way too small, the dash should’ve been digital like the other class leaders, and the car is simply too large and heavy to be a real sport sedan. That said, this is a real alternative to a Q50, a 5-series, a Lexus GS, etc. I hope the reviews show it to be a great handling car with a sorted chassis as well.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    I’ve never seen a car look like nothing else, and everything else, at the same time….It just looks unresolved. That Proceed wagon concept looks 100x more premium than this. And I’m bummed bc I was excited for this car.

  • Leconte Dave

    Look like an Elantra

  • Shobin Drogan

    First the stinger, now this? The Koreans aint messing around. This is one great looking car!

  • Vassilis

    Uhm, sorry, those are Mazda headlights.

  • notthistimecobber

    Nice looker but they are kidding if they think this will affect the German model sales! Like other “sub premium” brands (think Lexus, Kia, Infiniti etc) the Germans still rule the sales charts.

  • Rocket

    I’m not wowed by the styling, but I wasn’t expecting to be. The important thing is there is nothing here to offend the eyes. I do expect it to look better in person, as all well designed luxury cars do. The interior looks fantastic. In short, it’s exactly what a luxury car should be.

  • Ariza Ariza Mclaren 720S
    • Tumbi Mtika

      Nice try.

    • no25

      BAHAHAHAHAH what? not at all. Those pics helped disprove your point.

  • Knotmyrealname

    I like the car and the interior, except I think the number plate floating over the grille looks a bit naff and…. again, I have a real problem with Hyundai’s and Genesis’ flat, soul-less buttons.

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    • Knotmyrealname

      Are you related to MICHGO?

    • john1168

      No. Genesis, Hyundai and KIA don’t have a manual transmission for rear wheel drive cars. They used to with the old Hyundai Genesis Coupe with the 3.8 V6 but not anymore.

  • Tinky-Winky

    At first glimpse I thought it was an ugly facelift of Mazda 6.

  • smartacus

    What they need is a G60

    to go against Infiniti Q60

    • ctk4949

      I believe after the Genesis SUV, will be a Coupe.

    • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      That shit doesn’t make sense.

  • GTR nismo


  • SgtBeavis

    That Grille just doesn’t work on that car. However, overall it’s a pretty nice car. The interior looks fairly well done as well.

    But I would MUCH rather have a Kia Stinger. That car is just damn sexy.

  • nastinupe

    Looks great but I don’t know why they are offering those engine options. Should have been either a v6 turbo with 400 hp or an all electric with a 150+ mile range and that’s it.

    • john1168

      I would have liked to see 400hp out of the TTV6 also on this and the Stinger. But I think it keeps costs down when they don’t change things too much. Genesis, Hyundai and KIA use existing powertrains throughout their lineup to keep costs down that they can pass on to the customer. I think when they find that enough people will buy their higher end vehicles (Genesis and Stinger), I think then you will see some higher powered engine options.

  • DullDD

    Impressive and good effort from the Koreans (I am not Kroean BTW).

    Make a change from the exceedingly dull Germans

  • ErnieB

    Side profile looks like an infiniti.. the interior looks german.. I dig it!


    It’s a beautiful car. The only thing i don’t like it its they use the multimedia system from the Elantra: FAIL.

  • DM

    I like the interior layout, and I agree that nowadays many cars share design characteristics. Though, the most important thing to me is not design but build quality and feel, so I hope they worked on that. The chrome/silver trim next to the gear shifter looks like cheap paint that will peel off or scratch easily. The tablet screen trend sure needs to go away. A more integrated screen should do wonders to an eventual facelift; this is just a Mazda screen on a rather good looking interior.

  • atomiccow

    Between this and the Stinger, I’m spoiled for choice. My next car will be Korean, that’s pretty evident now. Be still my beating heart… be still…

    • john1168

      Me too. The G70 is nice but I think my next car will be the Stinger.

  • atomiccow

    This article by Car and Driver is telling:

    When the designers in a company are already talking about how they couldn’t do enough on the current car and are itching to push the styling on their next car, it’s a good sign. The quotes in that article are much more inline with what was reported from this year’s NYAS. Even though I like the design, it seems the guys determining the future of the brand are less than satisfied with the relatively conservative styling of this car and have more in mind.

    • bd

      The design on the G70 was already frozen when they did the New York concept.

      Agree that this design is a bit too bland in certain areas – the headlights, taillights and greenhouse could be better.

      The next gen G80 will be the first Genesis sedan to get the new design language.

  • Karl

    Acura,Cadillac,Lincoln,BMW and Lexus be very afraid! I predict a runaway success here. Congratulations Genesis/Hyundai on a stunning first effort in this class. Very nice indeed..

  • Dennis James

    I really like it. Hyundai didn’t seem to make many mistakes here. Everything looks good and cohesive. Except that stupid dash tablet. I hate BMW for coming up with that nonsense design idea that is actually made to reduce costs.

  • TB

    Nice looking ride…that said…doesn’t it look a bit Infinity-ish on the outside?

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  • KidRed

    Glad to see other carmakers releasing black headliners which are so much nicer than the tan/grey colors in most cars.

  • john1168

    It looks great! The front looks good but weird too. It appears to be a complicated design but it does work. Maybe it will grow on me more later. The side and rear look great! The interior is pretty sweet! It may not steal many sales from BMW, Audi or Mercedes but I think Acura (TLX), Cadillac (ATS), and Lexus (IS) should be very worried.

  • Infinite1

    Interior’s beautiful but not complicated. The side profile reminds me of Infiniti’s Q50 though. Not a bad thing either

  • TrevP

    I really do not like this fad with how the infotainment display’s are in cars nowadays.

  • Rich Money

    this car elicits zero emotional response for me. except, perhaps, lament that despite the outstanding proportions it is so forgettable.

  • An Existing Person

    The exterior is very Infiniti-like. The interior is very Mazda/BMW-like. That’s not a bad combination at all. If it drives well, it’s certainly going to take some sales from Infiniti, Lexus, and Cadillac.

  • LJ

    I keep thinking this is an Infiniti.

  • BlackPegasus

    Hate to sound like a broken record but it doesn’t matter how remarkable or unremarkable this car will be until dedicated Genesis dealerships are established. The buyer who will cross shop a Infiniti Q50, Audi A4 or BMW 3-series against the G70 will not settle for a Hyundai dealership and service center.

    Btw, the car is beautiful.

  • Bill Nguyen

    “At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication and talent from our designers. We modulated all parameters from the Genesis DNA to tailor a sports sedan”.
    Haha what does that even mean?

  • KSegg

    So Hyundai made an Infiniti Q50? LOL.

  • Looks like its well stitched inside and out,

    Worthy contender.

  • DJ

    it like they took every luxury compact sedan from Germany and Japan. and blended them all together.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Really nice. I’d definitely drive one

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    That interior in white is stunning

  • Six Thousand Times

    Not amazing but it looks good. A little generic but at least Hyundai didn’t do anything silly just to be different.

  • brn

    Overpriced MKZ.

    • bd

      Not at all.

      Otoh, the MKZ is an overpriced Fusion.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      What the fuck?!? HAHAHA!!!!

  • Grumpy

    We have all seen how it looks….How does it drive? That is something i am very much interested in.

    Genesis is making Acura look outdated and irrelevant.

  • Lee

    Good luck Hyundai – people buy “badge cars” for the, badge. A few people might buy this on its guts, but the bulk don’t even care. They just want a BMW, Audi or Benz.

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