2021 Genesis GV70: Design, Powertrains And Other Key Details On Luxury SUV

The Genesis brand will soon be a lot more than just prestige sedans, as the luxury division of Hyundai plans to roll out a six-strong model portfolio by 2021. One of these includes a compact luxury SUV called the GV70 that will follow the larger GV80. You can think of it as the crossover version of the G70 sedan in terms of size, going up against the likes of BMW’s X3 and X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe.

Fortunately for us, a plethora of spy photography capturing the GV70 has given us a good insight into to what it will look like. However, what else can we expect from South Korea’s upcoming offering? Let us delve further.

Sensual exterior styling

Make no mistake, the GV70 is a bold statement that’s more in-line with BMW’s X4 than a traditional crossover. One major talking point is its sleek glasshouse with chrome-work flowing down over the c-pillars. It’s a sleeker adaptation of the same treatment used on Hyundai’s Palisade. Another noteworthy design element is a curved shoulder line that cascades down to the rear haunches, again emphasizing its elegant, yet sporting nature.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

Frontal styling sports a large shield-framed mesh grille, split LED headlamps and a Bentley-like central crease on the hood. The view from the rear features split taillights that mimic the ones at the front, a large rear diffuser with dual vertical exhausts, and a steeply raked rear hatch that could have been plucked from Kia’s ProCeed sport brake.

Opulent accommodation inside

Interior design complements the exterior’s sleek nature, with cascading lines and ovoid shapes. Lashings of high-quality leathers and piano black trim will be used throughout the cabin, and the center console features a BMW iDrive-style controller. Whilst we’ve yet to lay eyes on the dashboard, we expect it to feature some form of tablet display and digital instrument cluster, being very close in design to the updated version of the G70 sedan that’s scheduled for release the same year.

Read: 2019 Genesis G70 Deemed A True Sports Sedan In Latest Review

Current 2019 Genesis G70 dashboard

Technophiles will appreciate the 8-inch head-up display, 360-degree camera, smartphone mirroring, and a Lexicon premium sound system. A full suite of driver assists will be available; including lane-keeping aid, park assist, safe exit assist and a Tesla-like remote parking system (let’s hope that one is trouble-free).

Let’s talk power

As it’s based on the same platform as the G70, powertrains are likely to be mirrored too. These will include a 2.0-litre turbo-four, with north of 252 hp and 260 pound-feet (353 Nm) of torque, a new 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 303hp (226kW), and a thumping twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 pumping out a staunch 365 hp and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm).

Other potential engine variants (not confirmed) include a 2.2 or 3.0-litre turbodiesel for international markets outside the U.S., and possibly a plug-in hybrid option. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard, feeding power to all four wheels.

Rivals and reveal

The GV70 will battle it out against a myriad of very good crossovers that include the likes of BMW’s X3 and X4, Audi Q5, Range Rover Evoque, Volvo XC60, Porsche Macan, Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, Jaguar F-Pace, Infiniti QX50, and Lincoln Corsair.

Whilst its big brother, the GV80 SUV could debut this month with a market launch pegged for next year, the GV70 is tipped to arrive in North American dealerships approximately 12 months later, in 2021, when Genesis will also refresh the G70 sedan.

What will it cost?

Evidently, it’s too early to have pricing in our hands, but knowing that the related AWD G70 sedan begins from $37,450, we can speculate that the four-cylinder GV70 could start in the low $40,000s range, with the V6 in high $40,000s range.

What are your thoughts on the GV70? Share your views in the comments below.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Not sure why, but the new grille, while horrible on the sedan- fits nicely on this SUV.

    • Six Thousand Times

      There’s more room for it.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Buick Called, The Lacrosse want’s it’s bodyside back


      stfu incel

  • Zandit75

    Looks like a Hearse!

    • javier

      yes like mini hearse

    • xrnzaaas

      It reminds me of Opel Astra Sports Tourer which also has these chrome bars on the sides making the car look like a hearse.

  • Bash


  • john1168

    I like it. I’m not going to get one but I do think it has some original styling. The powertrains in this will be predictable. We all know what Genesis/Hyundai/KIA uses under the hoods and we all know that they don’t have special, one off engines because that would cost more and then the price of their vehicles wouldn’t be as competitive.

  • Steve Cohn

    Do I see a slight resemblance to the Pontiac Aztec?

    • SgtBeavis

      Ya know, these days they have doctors that can fix your eyes. You should check it out. :p


      You’re doing it wrong. You’re supposed to say “Looks like an Accord Coupe”.

  • Garrett Cooper

    I like it personally, I think it looks great. With the 3.3TT I think it’ll be a great option for a sporty SUV.

  • Uh9uhmus

    Looks like a hearse.

    • Cavallino Rampante

      Just don’t by black. It’s a stupid colour for a car anyway.

  • WalthamDan

    Will customers still have to share a service lounge with the woman and her two bratty kids that are waiting for repairs on her 20-year old Hyundai Excel?


      I imagine that is a resounding yes.

  • Sjaak

    Funny to see the return of a Porsche 928/ Amc Pacer design feature.

  • SgtBeavis

    Looks like they finally learned how to make an attractive grille. The overall design is quite nice.



  • Harry_Wild

    Two years from now! Ugh! Genesis must be using the same PR firm as the Ford Bronco! All hype and no show!

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