The highly anticipated Genesis G70 went on sale in the United States last month, but the model is now entering its second year in South Korea.
While a local launch usually isn’t too exciting, the Korean-spec G70 will now be available with the world’s first 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster. Genesis says the system monitors the eyes of the driver and uses a stereoscopic screen to display 3D effects without the need for glasses.
The digital instrument cluster offers three different 3D themes called modern, space and edge. It also looks significantly more high-tech than the standard instrument cluster which has two traditional gauges that are separated by a 7-inch LCD display.
The system appears to be available exclusively on the range-topping G70 3.3T Sports Prestige, but it’s possible that it could eventually be offered on lower end variants and in other markets.
While 3D technology has been offered on everything from smartphones to televisions, it hasn’t really managed to catch on. However, Genesis says the system improves “information technology performance” as well as convenience.
The fact that drivers don’t need to wear glasses to see the effects is noteworthy, but it remains unclear if drivers actually care about 3D technology. As of right now, the display seems a bit gimmicky but interesting.
Thankfully, drivers who don’t want to use the 3D display don’t have to. The G70 apparently has a setting which will convert the display to a more traditional 2D setup.
In the United States, the 2019 G70 starts at $34,900 and is available with two different engines. Base models have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 252 hp (188 kW / 255 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. Higher end variants offer a more powerful twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that develops 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque.