Following the releases of the G90 flagship and mid-size G80, Genesis is completing the trifecta with the launch of the G70 compact luxury sedan two weeks ago in South Korea. With expressive lines, big brakes, limited slip differential and a choice of two forced induction engines, this model is intended to be the sportiest — looking at least, as we can't forget about the G80 Sport — of the trio.
“At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication, and talent from our designers. We modulated all parameters from the Genesis DNA to tailor a sport sedan. This challenge required the highest skills and know-how. The G70 is designed to captivate all senses with its sensuous and tensioned muscular volumes,” said head of design Luc Donckerwolke.
Aesthetically, the car has a low and long hood, sloping roof and short overhangs emphasizing its performance-oriented purpose. The second to bear a mesh front grille after the G80 sport, on either side are combination LED headlamps and quad stacked daytime running lights. Behind the front wheels are airflow vents, and out back are a raised trunk lid, G80-inspired LED taillights and dual exhaust pipes.
Premium simplicity is how one might describe the interior. Designers have used a lot of aluminum and metal in the dash, centre console and door panels that give off an air of sophistication, as do the quilted Nappa leather seating surfaces and door cards. A few physical controls and a freestanding display make up the majority of the centre stack.
The two powerplants mentioned earlier are a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder and a twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6, the former making 249 horsepower/260-lb-ft of torque and the latter 365 horsepower/376 lb-ft. Some less-than-expected features for the segment include launch control, a cornering system capable of applying light brake force to the inside rear wheel and a mechanical limited slip differential to help with acceleration out of turns.
The 2018 Genesis G70 arrives in Canada this spring.