By on September 2, 2016

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A camouflaged Genesis G70 spotted testing in Germany provides a peek at the baby of Hyundai’s new luxury marque.

Photos published by AutoGuide show a compact four-door with traditional luxury sedan proportions, rather than something radical. As the third offering from the automaker’s planned six-vehicle lineup, the Korean G70 has its sights set on a trifecta of Germans — the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.

The G70 sports a rear-wheel-drive stance, with a sloping roofline and generous overhangs. We can’t get a good look at the grille, but expect a wide opening modeled after its larger G80 and G90 stablemates.

The Genesis brand is a work in progress, and there’s no official word on a release date or drivetrain for their smallest model. During last month’s G90 test drive, Canadian Genesis brand head Michael Ricciuto wouldn’t even ballpark a G70 release date, but we expect to see it sometime in 2017.

Genesis promises a variety of new powertrains during a model rollout that ends in 2021. Given its competition, it’s likely the G70 will see a turbocharged four-cylinder base engine. The 3.8-liter V6 from the G80 is available for use in uplevel versions, though the 365 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter from the upcoming G90 would be more competitive.

Uplevel G70s will surely make use the automaker’s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system to battle its strong and established competition.

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27 Comments on “Genesis G70 Spied, Opts for a Non-Sporty Profile...”


  • avatar
    Corollaman

    Maybe, just maybe, the Germans will have to improve their reliability or they’re doomed

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      The success of the Germans in the face of years of competition by Infiniti and Lexus in this arena suggests “no”. I’m guessing the slice of market intending to keep these cars to an age & mileage where reliability becomes a real problem is thin.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo

      Quality isn’t a free lunch. If you need to increase quality it’s going to come at the expense of something else. I assume German auto executives and their shareholders are happy with the current arrangement.

      • 0 avatar
        indi500fan

        Quality is better than a free lunch.
        It takes hard work but it saves money in the long run.
        Ed Deming (the guy who taught the Japanese how to do it) believed in that premise and I think he was right.

    • 0 avatar
      Fred

      Few people even know this car exists. Especially luxury buyers they are not going to walk into a Hyundai dealer to buy their next car.

    • 0 avatar
      DC Bruce

      They have improved — compared to what the used to be. They’re not as good as Toyota; but they’re probably good enough. Infiniti/Nissan isn’t in Toyota/Lexus’s league. Honda/Acura used to be, but I think the quality of materials in Acura is not what it was and is now below the level of the German 3.

      If it were my money, I’d pay for a normally aspirated straight 6 in a luxury car (assuming a V-8 is too thirsty). Fours with a displacement of over 1.8 liters are rough and gruff. V-6s are slightly better. Turbos? You can have ’em. With the possible exception of the super exotic hybrid in the new NSX, which reportedly uses electric motors to fill in while the turbos spool up, I’m not a fan of their inconsistent power delivery and non-linear throttle response.

      I’m waiting for the “sports sedan” wave to crest. For the average schlub who’s commuting to work or driving down the superslab, the attributes of a “sport sedan” are a complete waste, although I suppose Walter Mitty dies a hard death in all of us. I’m not advocating a return to the pillow ride of the big 1960s land barges; but “wafting” is luxury and today it can be done with a car that is a more than competent driver.

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      Our current BMW has been a champ for 6 years now and our Porsche has been completely trouble free. Not a single issue with either one. I’ll gladly purchase either one again and most likely I will

      I don’t see either one in any danger of being “doomed”.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Seems like a tough space to break into. Does the world need another expensive compact RWD 2.0T sedan? From a brand not known for any kind of driving involvement or brand cachet? Hyundai has had very mixed results with their forays in large luxury cars and a sports coupe, so we’ll see how their first attempt at a BMW 3-series fares.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      The Japanese have more to worry than the Germans (aside from maybe Audi).

      The G80 (1,497) did better than the GS (1,228) in its 1st month of sale and that’s not counting the 1k or so sales of the Genesis sedan under the Hyundai brand.

      The Q70 did a paltry 439 last month.

      The addition of the production version of the Kia GT with its sportier driving dynamics and sleeker sheetmetal (than the G80) will put even more pressure on the GS and Q70.

      • 0 avatar
        30-mile fetch

        Probably true, for the RWD sedan segments at least. The German entries are very well established and another entry fighting over the scraps will likely detract from Lexus and Infiniti and Acura. The GS is 4 model years old now though, so I would hope a brand new discount competitor can match it in its first month on sale. Lexus butters its bread with RX and ES, not the GS, so badly denting Lexus at its sales core is probably as difficult as Lexus taking a big piece of the RWD sedan pie from Germany.

        • 0 avatar
          bd2

          Well, the G80 isn’t exactly “brand new” as it has been on the US market for 28 months or so as the Hyundai Genesis and as I had noted, along with G80 sales already passing that of the GS, Hyundai sold another thousand or so under the old Genesis nameplate.

          For the year, combined Genesis/G80 sales is on track to DOUBLE GS sales and far more than that for the Q70.

          • 0 avatar
            Quentin

            As far as I know, Hyundai doesn’t separate Genesis sedan from Genesis coupe numbers. So, those 1000 you are quoting that sold under the Hyundai nameplate also include Genesis coupe. You’d be forgiven if you forgot about the coupe. Everyone else has.

          • 0 avatar
            bd2

            Already taken that into account based on last year’s Genesis sedan totals and the few times when Hyundai broke out the Genesis sedan sales for this year.

            For instance, in March, out of a total of 3,762 Genesis sales, 3,197 were for the sedan.

            You’re forgiven for assuming something that isn’t the case.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Hmmm…. this is disappointing. Looks huge, and has a C-pillar that reminds me of the ES350/TLX.

    Day by day I feel more and more like I need to get an E90 335i- looks like that was the last true sport sedan.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Was a bit disappointed by the greenhouse at first, but looks pretty decent based on a direct side-view angle.

      Still, not as good/sleek as that on the upcoming production version of the Kia GT (which is a size segment up).

      The greenhouse shape of the New York concept (preferable) probably won’t make its way into Genesis production sedans until the next gen G80.

    • 0 avatar
      fvfvsix

      People said the same thing about the E46 when the E90 was still in production.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Put the V8 in it.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      The V8-powered compact sedan is practically extinct. The only one I can think of is the IS-F.

      • 0 avatar
        sportyaccordy

        Hell, the 6 cylinder sport sedan is not long for this world. The only ones you can get with a stickshift are the 340i, M3 and ATS-V. I’m feeling like next go round the 340i will be auto only, and I will be disappointed if GM brings the ATS back. To me there’s no point in buying one of these sedans with a 4 banger. I’d rather just get a GTI.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    I say bring it on. This segment definitely needs new blood. The S60 is ancient, and unless Chinese money means that Volvo can move beyond their 10 year or so model cycles, it’ll be an absolutely dinosaur by the time it’s finally replaced around 2021. The TLX is an Accord with a luxury package, the Lexus IS is ugly with a Camry grade interior and too little power, and the Q50 Red Sport 400 Double X Super Power Mega Black Edition 9000 is a half baked mess that can’t figure out what kind of car it wants to be.

    The Germans are really the only game in town, so I hope Hyundai hits a home run.

  • avatar
    JD23

    Hopefully, this “sport sedan” will have a suspension that does not feel like it was tuned by an 8-year-old like other Hyundais.

  • avatar
    amca

    They’re planning to do a me-too car in a competitive field. That’s going nowhere fast, especially with a low prestige name behind it.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    I’m hoping this will be a good car, but not too good, allowing the purchase of a 3 yr old reliable rwd sedan for pennies on the dollar.


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