The near-luxury sedan, as it's being described by Genesis' parent company Hyundai, was photographed at the 'Ring during final testing.
According to a roadmap released earlier this year, we won’t have to wait much longer for the camouflage to come off. Genesis’ third model, the G70, is expected to be introduced before the end of the year, so we might see it as early as November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Until then, here’s another batch of spy photos from the Nürburgring to ease the wait.
Now a standalone luxury marquee, Genesis has already previewed its posh compact sedan with the lovely New York concept earlier this year at the namesake car show. While the production model won’t be able to match the beauty exhibited by the concept before it, the car is shaping up quite nicely if we were to rely on this disguised near-production prototype.
In order to have a shot against the well-established German trio (BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4), the G70 will have to be more than just a pretty face. Much like the larger G90 and G80, the new G70 is going to undercut its segment competitors and will attempt to lure in more buyers by offering a generous array of standard equipment. It’s important to point out that while the G90 and G80 are essentially facelifted and more upscale versions of the Hyundai Equus and Genesis, respectively, the G70 will be an all-new development.
A four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine will likely be the bread and butter of the range, but we are also expecting something along the lines of a G70 Sport with a beefy biturbo 3.3-litre V6. It might not have the full 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of the bigger G90, but even so it should have enough punch to grant the “near luxury sedan” with a more than decent level of performance.
Based on the roadmap we’ve mentioned earlier, Genesis is also cooking up a “near luxury sport coupe,” so that likely means the G70 will spawn a sleeker coupe derivative. However, we will have to wait a considerable amount of time since it’s going to be out in a couple of years, following the release of a midsize SUV and a compact crossover also characterized as being “near luxury.”