2019 Genesis G70: Official Details And Photos Of Korea’s BMW 3-Series Fighter

Genesis took to New York in order to present U.S. buyers with the new 2019 G70 performance sedan, slotting in below the G80, G80 Sport and flagship G90.

In order to make sure it can compete with the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, Genesis tested the G70 in some of the world’s most challenging environments, ranging from Death Valley to Northern Sweden, and of course, Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife.

“At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication, and talent from our designers,” stated executive VP and design boss, Luc Donckerwolke. “The G70 is designed to captivate all senses with a tensioned, muscular exterior, and rich, tactile interior.”

U.S buyers will be able to choose between three powertrain configurations and five trim packages, ranging from the Advanced spec to the flagship Sport model. Two engines will be available in a 252 HP 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder and a 365 HP 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, with rear wheel drive as standard and AWD optional.

And if the overall design and powertrains seem familiar, that’s because you’ve seen them before, albeit with Kia’s tiger nose and other styling cues, in the Stinger.

Watch: Kia Stinger GT will give the German sports saloon establishment a headache

A manual transmission is available

Either engine can be spec’d with an 8-speed automatic with standard steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters, while an optional 6-speed manual can be had with the 2.0T RWD model aimed at driving-oriented enthusiasts. However, it’s only the automatic versions that feature a launch control system.

Furthermore, there will be five available driving modes, adjusting everything from powertrain response to steering weight, engine sound, all-wheel drive torque distribution and suspension firmness. Models equipped with the Dynamic Package also gain a mechanical limited slip differential, while 3.3T Sport versions offer an electronically controlled suspension – though if that’s not enough, buyers can also pay extra for the optional high-performance Brembo brakes with fixed calipers (for-piston front, two-piston rear).

Standard safety features on the G70 include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Driver Attention Warning.

The 2019 Genesis G70 will land at U.S. retailers this summer, available in the following eight exterior colors: Victoria Black, Casablanca White, Himalayan Grey, Santiago Silver, Adriatic Blue, Mallorca Blue, Havana Red and Siberian Ice.

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  • Craig

    I keep thinking this is already for sale.

    • botornot387

      because it has a design detail off of every lux car on the market. There is BMW, Alfa, Audi, and Merc influence all around the car. This car will be dated looking before it even enters market

      • Joe E

        Agreed – I feel like it already looks dated. I also see some Infiniti in there

        • KidRed

          I see way more Infiniti than any other car maker. It’s looks great, but not quite hitting it’s stride yet. These wheels are better than the last round of press photos.

          I look forward to see how this model evolves.

      • bd0007

        Eh, one could say the same thing for Acura, Infiniti, Lexus and Audi started doing the hexagonal grille shape AFTER Hyundai and Mercedes has borrowed design cues as well.

        • botornot387

          The hexagonal grill was copied from Audi. Hyundai has even admitted to this. This is just their derivative of the Audi grill.

  • AxlRock

    Looks sharp.

  • atomicbri

    Not a bad looking car for their first entry into the 3, A3 and C market. The only thing I don’t like is the boomerang stuck on the side of it. I see there are tiny vents inside of it so maybe it does serve a purpose, but looks a little too much for me. Otherwise looks good.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      A4, not A3 but I agree that this looks good. In fact, I think it looks better than the C-class, 3-series, and A4. The only thing I don’t like is that the infotainment screen is touchscreen only as it appears to be a far reach. I don’t even mind the iPad tacked onto the dash look as it puts the screen closer to the drivers line of sight.

      All auto manufacturers should follow the lead of BMW and new Cadillacs by having both touchscreen controls and center console mounted controls/dial. I also thing HUDs need to become more common and allow the driver to control all aspects of the infotainment via the HUD. This would be the best way to keep drivers eyes on the road.

      • atomicbri

        Ah yes A4, I hit the wrong number.

  • filetx

    I really like it, but it is obvoiusly not a “3 Series Fighter”. Korean sport saloons have really picked up their game, but they just have a different target market. Always trying to compare them to the Germans just descredits them in their own unique style…

    • willhaven

      Gotta agree with this. A more apt comparison would be between the Japanese luxury offerings like Lexus, Infiniti, and…..Acura (*cringe*). I suspect more buyers would cross shop these brands with the Genesis instead of the Germans (at least in the US).

    • willhaven

      *And cross shop Cadillac and Lincoln, but honestly, that may be a stretch lol

    • bd0007

      Except this really is geared towards the 3 Series (unlike the Stinger which is more a Gran Turismo), as the i30N is geared to the GTI.

      Add to that, the tuning was overseen by Herr Biermann who used to be the head of BMW’s M division.

  • IFDU

    Oh the sweet smell of depreciation! Can’t wait lol

    • G82FS

      Every vehicle depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot, what is your point?

      • Bob

        Some depreciate faster than others. 🙂

      • IFDU

        I would explain but obviously Bob beat me to it. If you don’t know by now about the depreciation of Hyundai/KIA especially Genesis then I don’t know what to to tell ya.

        (we literally just picked up a pre-owned 2017 Elantra as a second vehicle for 11 grand…..a 2017…….yes you read that right)

    • Sybill Julian

      even the almighty Bitcoin is depreciate

  • This is a smart looking car. They should not compare themselves to German cars, because for us who have owned German cars know, you never want to own a German car that doesn’t still have a warranty…you will end up in the poor-house otherwise…

  • cbATL

    Best in class.

  • john1168

    It looks really good but I still think the lower front facia is a little too busy looking and a bit of a mess. Nice interior! Fully loaded, I’m guessing this will do 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds and do the quarter mile in about 12.9 seconds. If the Stinger is any indication, it should handle and brake well too.

  • BlackPegasus

    Can we please get Auto journalists to officially retire the “BMW 3-series fighter” moniker? 🙄
    It’s so lame and tired! Especially considering the 3 series is now a chick car. A 300hp V6 powered Toyota Camry out performs most BMWs. Please stop the phony comparisons.

    • Nordschleife

      Thank you. I was saying the same thing as I read this article. The 3-Series isn’t even a “3 series fighter” anymore.

    • Kate E

      So it’s the worst-selling Cadillac ATS fighter now?

      • brn

        I believe you’ve coined a more appropriate term.

    • bd0007

      The new 3 Series should be getting its mojo back.

  • raikkonen

    Looks great, but my God, the interior and exterior design is so busy, it almost looks like a tuner car!

  • Carenthusiast

    That infotainment screen is way too small and a landscape screen (like BMW’s) may have looked better here

  • Nordschleife

    I really do want Genesis to succeed. I feel like it is time to upset the market. this looks nice to me. I do wish the infotainment screen was bigger but overall it looks good.

  • Kate E

    I don’t think this is up in the same league as Mercedes.

  • FoxJ30

    Not impressed. The exterior shape and headlights remind me too much of the Infiniti- swap in an Infiniti grill and it looks like it could just be the next Q50. Not bad per se, just not distinctive.

    The interior… what’s with the wart next to the air vents? They couldn’t find a better place to put the volume knob? And I don’t know what it is, but the overall effect of the interior strikes me as closer to GTI than C-class. Maybe it’s the looseness of the leather quilting that makes it look more down market, or my aversion to black leather. I expect to see ‘elegant’ when I look inside a $40k compact sport sedan, and I don’t see that here.

    Then again, none of the Asians are doing too well at this game, in my opinion – the IS is ugly inside and out, the Q50 has an underwhelming interior, and the TLX, as much as I like it, really is playing in a different class.

  • Vanishing Boy

    A more enthusiast option in the segment? Count me in, but given the way it was package i’m still skeptical.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I really love those seats, and the G70 in these pictures kind of looks Giulia Quadrifoglio-ish. I love it!

  • gregory cassanova

    Nice….but I’m waiting for the G70 coupe they’re working on

    • Eddie Williams

      Are they really?

  • Kyle Newberry

    I think it’s a nicer lookin Stinger

  • SteersUright

    This is very nice from some angles and we already know its V6 is a great sounding engine. However, I think Genesis still hasn’t figured out how to design a nice grille which always detracts from the front of their cars. Also, the interior looks seriously dated and thats a VERY bad move for a new upstart brand hoping their brand-new car will lure buyers away from the A4, new 3-series, C-class, etc.
    Its compelling, especially if it performs well, but will have to be a seriously cheap value-proposition if its to capture any sales from the established players.

  • ctk4949

    Hopefully the lease deals wont be as bad as on the Kia Stinger!!

    • Eddie Williams

      I Truly Agree…Seriously I Do…

  • S3XY

    Looks like the Giulia from the side

  • Matthew Daraei

    Nothing new, looks like love child of Mazda, and Infiniti. The interior also looks tacky and dated.


    posh sonata

  • Mr. Crankypants

    That JC Whitney fender “vent” ruins it.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors


  • Wayne

    If you are trying to be like a 3 series. Just buy a 3 series!!

  • Dennis James

    I am very impressed, the interios finally looks German, the exterior has very few flaws. Nice. Too bad about those mandatory yellow turn signals.

  • timii

    All these negative nancies.
    If it supposed to be like a refined stinger,
    I cant wait to see how it drives.

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