Oops, EPA Confirms Manual Gearbox For 2019 Genesis G70

Kia’s been making waves with the sporty new Stinger. But if we were to nitpick, there’s one major downside to the Stinger – the lack of a manual transmission. It looks like the upcoming Genesis G70, which shares the same platform and engines as the Stinger, won’t have that problem.

Car and Driver found the official fuel economy figures on the EPA’s website that reveals a manual option for the sporty sedan. According to EPA, the manual transmission will be offered on the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor. That engine produces 254 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

While the G70 will also be offered with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, that engine will exclusively be paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. We’d love to get a manual transmission for the more potent motor, but at this point, we’re just happy to see Genesis doing its part to help save the manuals.

According to the same report, there’s a good chance that the manually-equipped G70 in the U.S. will closely mirror its Canadian brethren. If that’s the case, that means the only available manual option will be a rear-wheel-drive 2.0T Sport trim that comes with some other athletic features, including a limited-slip differential, a head-up display, Brembo brakes, and 19-inch wheels.

For enthusiasts that care about the G70’s fuel economy figures, the most efficient sedan features the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the six-speed automatic gearbox. That vehicle can get 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The least efficient model is equipped with the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 and the eight-speed automatic transmission. With all-wheel drive, the sedan’s fuel economy is rated to be 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

The G70 with the manual gearbox falls in the middle with a rating of 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. While 22 mpg combined from a compact sedan isn’t great, being able to row through the gears ourselves is something we’re looking forward to.

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  • Leconte Dave

    I want one…

  • Christian Wimmer

    Predicted take rate: 0.001%…

  • IFDU

    That awkward moment when this will come with a manual and the Supra won’t.

    • PK

      idk man. with ev around the manual gearbox will die in the next decade or so. the world of automobiles are evolving.

      • IFDU

        Not saying it’s a bad thing, just that if days of the manual gearbox enthusiasts are numbered, then the Supra should of at least came with a “leave with a bang” manual transmission before the niche dissipated.

      • LeStori

        You do not have to drive fast to have fun in a manual. Unfortunatley the days of the human driven car is numbered. The Evolution is the removal of the human factor.

        I currently have one of the last manual Alfa Romeos ever produced . A 2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1750 Quadrofolio. Whilst I would like a Giulia based RWD car, the stomp and go automatic gearboxes take away too much fun unless you drive fast.

        • PK

          i don’t get what u meant by “the evolution is the removal of the human factor” what’s that mean?

  • DMax

    Looks like a GTA car especially in the rear. Genesis showed a concept in NY a year or two ago that looked pretty good, but instead of that they made this crap. The manual will probably be as bad as in the genny coupe.

  • Jason Panamera

    This car looks really good.

  • BlackPegasus

    I’ve owned 3 cars with manual transmissions, and as much fun as they were to drive even I can recognize how unnecessary they are to the average driver. The few generations who actually know how to drive these manual tranny cars are slowing entering into the afterlife 😣

  • john1168

    I can’t imagine they’re going to sell very many manuals. The percentage will be very small I’m guessing.

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