Genesis To Launch Compact Luxury SUV With G70 Underpinnings

Genesis won’t introduce its GV80 SUV until the middle of next year, but it has revealed that it is already working on a smaller SUV/crossover.

During a recent sales call with reporters, Hyundai chief operating officer Erwin Raphael announced that a new crossover is being developed around the platform of the G70 sports sedan, Motor 1 reports.

“We’re very excited to introduce the GV80 about 11 months from now. Next May/June. Then maybe 10 or 11 months after that, a compact crossover SUV built on the G70 platform,” Raphael said.

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Unsurprisingly, no further details were given about the G70-based crossover, but news that the company is developing such a vehicle should excite consumers. The G70 has proven itself to be one of the finest cars in its class and a crossover version with similar performance could prove to be a runaway success for Genesis.

Turbo fours and sixes, likely

We suspect the vehicle will be sold with the same engines as the G70 sedan. That means a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 252 hp and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque will probably serve entry-level buyers. The crossover/SUV range would then be topped out by a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 derivative with a mighty 365 hp and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm) of twisting force.

It remains a mystery as to how the vehicle will look but it will likely combine styling elements of the G70 and its largest sibling, the GV80. The GV80 will share many parts with the G80 sedan, including the same 3.8-liter V6, twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6, and 5.0-liter V8 engines.

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  • Aqua Boogie

    Seems a sensible thing to do. Expect a car that will be able to compete with the German three. Build quality guaranteed.

    • Jawohl

      Poor sales guaranteed

      • bd0007

        Too late for that.

        For most of its existence, the G80 has been the 3rd best selling RWD midsize/lux sedan (after the E Class and 5 Series).

        • Jawohl

          Huh? On which planet?

          • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            Get out under the rock were you dwell at, kid

          • Jawohl

            are you Mexican by any chance?

          • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            Are you a skinhead by any chance?

  • GobbleUp

    Hyundai and Luxury now there’s a laugh!

    Like saying a G70 is a sports car.

    • Jawohl

      Weird that the country that produces consumer electroniocs like Samsung can also build other things well. Time will tell.

    • bd0007

      Weren’t you already made to look like a FOOL over this comment?

      Not surprisingly, the 2 H/K TROLLS have “thing” for each other.

      • Jawohl

        Speaking of trolls. Oh the irony.

        • bd0007

          Among other things, you don’t know/understand the meaning of irony.

          Now, THAT’S ironic.

  • Bash

    Wait, so basically it’s the NX that they are after now? Can’t wait to see it. It’s gonna be nicer than any Lexus offering.

    • bd0007

      Not really, as the GV70 (like the GV80) is RWD and much more peformance/driving dynamics oriented.

      And unlike what was written in the article, will get the new 2.5T (300+ Hp) and 3.5T (400+ HP).

      • Eddie Williams

        So the GV80 is NOT getting a 5.0 V8?

        • bd0007

          Correct – the Tau V8 days are numbered w/ the current G80 and G90.

          On the positive front, likely will see 500+ HP w/ the new 3.5T supplemented by electric motors.

  • Maykel

    That’d be a little too late. By that time consumers would’ve already bought crossovers from competitors. Better be worth the wait. Electric please.

    • bd0007

      While there’s a separate BEV CUV in development, should get a hybrid and/or PHEV variants.

      • Maykel

        Hopefully. If there’s a Santa Fe/Palisade N, I’d settle for that.

        • bd0007

          There’s going to be a Santa Fe N or N-line (not clear yet).

          Doubt they’ll give the N-treatment to something as large as the Palisade, but I guess you never know (would be costly to engineer their turbo-6 for a FWD-transverse application).

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