2021 Genesis GV70 Compact Luxury SUV Shows Production Body For The First Time

The Genesis GV80 is only the first of three planned SUVs coming from Korea’s upstart luxury brand.

While we’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the midsize model so far, the smaller GV70 crossover has slipped under the radar. Not anymore, though, as the compact luxury SUV has been spotted for the first time testing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

While the name is not confirmed yet (some sources claim it will be called GV60), the new compact luxury crossover seems to be in a rather advanced development stage. We say this because the prototype doesn’t seem to feature any padded camo — though it’s fully wrapped in tape.

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Mind you, the taillights are not production-spec, but the rest of the car looks like the real deal. Compared to the larger GV80 which will rival the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE and the like, the GV70 will attempt to steal sales from the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and other models from the compact luxury SUV segment.

Therefore, it will be to the GV80 what the G70 is to the G80. The styling will make the connection to the GV80 clear but the GV70 will adopt a sportier appearance thanks to a coupe-like profile and a lower stance. At the front, Genesis’ corporate grille is flanked by split horizontal headlights that appear similar to those on the GV80.

However, the design of the front bumper looks more aggressive courtesy of two recessed side air intakes. The profile appears athletic thanks to the big wheels and pronounced rear haunches, while the rear continues the sporty theme with massive tailpipes placed in a diffuser-like element. The taillights may be provisional, but the cutouts on this prototype give away their shape which will also echoes the GV80.

Since the GV80 shares underpinnings with the upcoming G80 sedan, the Genesis GV70 is likely to use the same platform as the G70 sedan. Expect the Korean compact luxury SUV to offer the same engine lineup including a 252 HP 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 365 HP 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. AWD will definitely be on the menu but we don’t know if Genesis will also offer the GV70 in RWD configuration. The Genesis GV70 is expected to debut in early 2021, about a year after the launch of the GV80.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien & CarPix for Carscoops

  • B. D.

    Something tells me this is going to be one attractive crossover.

    • Hamster

      Something tells me this is going to be one horrible crossover

      • JRP

        “Waaaa waaaa crossover bad”

        If it is not a performance station wagon or a 90s Japanese sports car, it is deemed trash. Seriously, grow up and get a more interesting taste in cars. I’d rather stare at a Saab 9-7x over a Ferrari 458.

  • Ryan

    Very GLC-like shape.

  • Hot Twink

    Those rear quarter-panel windows with chrome trim are reminiscent in shape of the AMC Pacer’s rear side windows.


    • DetrinKD

      Yeah, That’s the one thing/area that seems off.

  • kan hu

    It is a bit different from GV80…Looks nice.

  • Mike anonymous

    I Am Quite Looking Forwards To Seeing The First Generation Of Vehicles From, To Feature The Next Generation Design Language Of, The Genesis Marque.

    I Personally like and greatly appreciate the simple vehicle line approach Genesis is taking with their next generation line-up.


    80-Series Vehicles more along the lines of S-Class, 7-Series, LandRover RangeRover, & Upwards Within The luxury Automotive Market. The 70-Series Being more of a Jaguar F-Pace, Range Rover Sport, & E-Class Competitors. & A Possible Future 60-Series for small premium vehicles along the lines of the Genesis Mint Concept.

    When Taking A Look At All Of The Upcoming Vehicles, It is very clear that Genesis is doing their best to offer something different, not simply vehicle for vehicle, but as a brand as a whole. While their top of the line vehicle carry a high-class presence, taking after the “GV80-Concept”, The 70-Series Seem to take on a more fluid design language akin to the “Genesis Essentia Concept”.


    (Slightly Off Topic) Another aspect that I appreciate is that they are updating their line-up ‘all at once’ opposed to over the course of several years to a decade.

    Although I suppose there is nothing ‘wrong’ with it, most automakers introduce a new design language, the first vehicle seem to follow it quite well, but generally by the time all of the vehicles have been updated and redesigned to fit, the company is already moving on (Mercedes Benz coming to mind).

    A Unified identity across the line is something Genesis certainly needs, and its’ clear that the company understands what it needs to do to become not only a successful luxury automaker, but one that is unique and does not blend in, be it for design, or product strategy.


    With This Stated. Whilst their design may not be to everyones tastes, I think that is what the company as a whole is going for. More of an Avant Garde marque, Seemingly More focused on the products than the numbers. This Upcoming GV70 Is looking to be quite a unique vehicle and it, overall, bringing ‘something different’ to stand out, rather than to fit in. Again, It may not be to everyones tastes, but it is something I can admirably respect from this up and coming brand.

  • Kitty Pourquoi

    Kinda Infiniti FX fibes. Not sure what I will think of the C-pillar though

    • driv3r

      Yes, completely agree. Those were my first two thoughts as well. Overall I think I might like it better styling-wise than the way more massive and more square looking GV80.

    • iggination

      Agree with the c-pillar.

    • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ??

      I agree.

    • Bash

      Spot on.

    • Bige Lee

      Damn I hope so.. I loved the first gen FX!!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      We are being blessed.

  • iggination

    Looks like they’ve all but confirmed the shape of the taillights with that camo and deletion.

  • Ricki Boo

    that is … NOT what I was expecting. Nifty!

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Bring on the luxury competition! This benefits consumers the most.

  • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ??

    Yeah, Peter Scheyer has something to do with this abstract object than that stupid Korean designer of the new G90. I hope Peter can bless this vehicle with his attractive work of art. One thing for certain, I am glad those ugly G90 headlamps and taillights didn’t adopt to this new crossover.

    • kan hu

      G90 is not a work of Korean designers.

      • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ??

        The chief designer, that is, so shut the hell up!

    • Bige Lee

      DAmmmmm where did Koreans hurt you

    • Mike anonymous

      I should make it clear for all, that the ‘new’ G90 is not a ‘new vehicle’ nor is it within the same ‘ball-park’ as the upcoming Sedans and SUVs’ from Genesis. The Current G90 is a facelift of the original vehicle. We are likely (after the reveal of these vehicles; GV70, G70, & G80 & GV80, That Genesis Will Move To The Second Phase which will be brining the Essentia Concept, to life, in addition to the likely next generation G90.

  • Yishay

    That’s going to be nice

  • Maykel

    Rear quarter window is reminding me of Aztek, RWD proportions are nice though. This would be their big seller, better not screw this up.

  • J. P.

    GV60? Unless Genesis does decided to launch the G60, then the so-called GV60 will be smaller than the GV70

  • MarketAndChurch

    I already like it, and that D-pillar at the rear has to be the sexiest in the segment. The car has some Porsche, Audi, and Volvo influences, which are a nice touch… kind of what I wish Maserati would be.

  • SteersUright

    Besides the really ugly side window treatment, overall this is one sport and good looking SUV/CUV. Excited to see the final product!

  • mas921

    really like the side profile, specially the how the tailgate is angled, hope it handles like a lifted G70 too, with the 3.3T this thing would be a winner!

  • enthusia

    I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to see the reveal of a crossover SUV. And this is the first I’m hearing of the GV70. So I have twice the excitement. They need to hurry up and bring these 2 babies to market already!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Oh my, my!

    I’ve been waiting for a spiritual successor to the Infinti FX.
    Looks like it’s soon to be upon us. Forward, Genesis!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    That is more than sound.

  • BlackPegasus

    I just hope the grill don’t resemble the Superman crest of the G90 flagship.

  • Biggsy

    This is the one I’m getting.

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