Hyundai ups the ante with a refreshed Genesis G70.
Hyundai launched the Genesis brand in 2015 as their luxury division to undercut rival brands Lexus and Mercedes-Benz; and the South Korean marque has since released four models to compete with different car classes. Their smallest offering, the G70, was released in 2017 to fill the compact luxury saloon class, and it’s already receiving a styling update for the 2021 model year.
The most noticable changes include the incredibly sleek outward facing quad lamp headlights, side air vents and a revised boot-lid, all following a similar design trend to the recently released G80 saloon.
The design team has visibly spent more time on attention to smaller visual cues for the updated Genesis, with an aggressive but smooth front fascia, and both front and rear lights modelled off the ‘wings’ of the marque’s badge.
It’s innovative, and we like that.
The manual gearbox offered in some markets will be ditched along with the old Theta-II 2.0L and Lambada-II 3.3L turbo engines; the new model offering a 2.5L turbo 4-cylinder. This gives it a reasonable power bump from the previous model, with 216kW (290hp) – and we are likely to see a more powerful 3.5L V6 twin-turbo motor make its way into higher G70 trims.
The interior receives minor revisions, most noticably to the infotainment screen which has been enlarged to 10.25 inches. An exclusive UI designed by Genesis supports WiFi updates with over-the-air technology, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard. Minor changes have also been made to convenience features such as the wireless charger, which has been rotated for a more comfortable phone seating position.
We must affirm that these specifications apply to the Korean market Genesis.
The Australian market Genesis arrives early 2021 and we expect specifications and minor details to vary slightly. Details will be released closer to the Australian launch.