By on October 19, 2018

Everyone who spends the majority of their time obsessing about cars seems to low-key adore the Genesis G70. It’s handsome, comfortable, and apparently handles like a sports sedan should. The dealership will even sell it to you with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive if you can live without the 365-horsepower twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6. It also undercuts the starting price of its self-selected rival, the BMW 3 Series, by a full ten grand — softening the blow of any shortcomings it may possess.

However, there is one aspect that puts it a step behind its more-expensive competition. The G70 still uses analog instrumentation in conjunction with its digital interfaces. While this is a non-issue for many enthusiasts, as most electronic gauges simply mimic traditional clusters (and sometimes rather poorly), the general public expects premium autos to have the most-flashy tech available.

Genesis is remedying the situation in South Korea as read this. But, rather than than simply bringing the G70’s display up to the bar, it has decided to do a front flip over the status quo by offering what it claims is the world’s first 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster. 

Before you ask, you do not need to wear a pair of special glasses to experience the magic of the third dimension. You only need to sit in the driver’s seat. Genesis says the system monitors the eyes of the vehicle’s operator and uses a stereoscopic screen to project 3D effects. It’s a gimmick, but one that ought to really excite your average Joseph. We’ve seen manufacturers experimenting with holograms on concept vehicles, sometimes allowing people to interface with them, but this is the first time we’ve heard about anything like this in a production vehicle.

The digital instrument cluster is said to offer a trio of unique 3D themes called modern, space and edge. It also changes the look of the standard G70’s display immensely, and changes it even further depending on what drive mode you’re in (one lets you customize dynamics and the imagery to your tastes). However, if you find optical illusions repellent, the vehicle will allow you to run the display in 2D mode and/or have it mimic traditional analog gauges.

Genesis is also updating the sedan’s infotainment system, adding a new parking brake with auto-hold, a fuel-saving eco-coast feature, and a new dynamic AWD system with limited-slip differential. Most of the big changes will be exclusive to the fanciest-trimmed G70s, but there’s nothing stopping the brand from trickling them down to more affordable models as optional extras.

Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to wait a while before you have the ability to purchase one. For now, this setup will only be available in South Korea — starting in 2019. But we’ve got a good feeling it’ll make their way to North America for subsequent model years.

[Images: Genesis]

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28 Comments on “Genesis Previews G70’s New 3D Instrumentation...”

  • avatar

    Not that interested – save it for the movie screens where I’m sitting and relaxed. When I’m trying to make split-second decisions, a plain old analog tach / speedo is just fine..

  • avatar

    I can’t wait to do a parts search to see how much the replacement part costs.

  • avatar

    If the model in the picture wanted to look like a true bubba, he’d put his *wrist* over the wheel at 12 o’clock. That picture cracks me up.

  • avatar

    where’s my VR-augmented heads-up display? given the rarity of HUDs in cars, it must be really expensive—beyond the basic ones that just flash the speed and tachometer.

  • avatar

    Awful. If it looks bad in photos it’s probably terrible in real life.

    I agree, still no thing easier, quicker to read than analog. And on top of that I find that you can make analog “beautiful” as well if you desire. The right bezels, fonts, raised letters, needles, and lighting give analog gauges an artistic feel that LCD will Never be able to duplicate. Not to mention night driving on full LCD also stinks. Even the darkest settings can still be too bright.

    • 0 avatar

      @Jerome: “Not to mention night driving on full LCD also stinks. Even the darkest settings can still be too bright.” That kind of depends on the display. I’ve seen many that will go all the way to off, using a combination of color modification as well as backlight dimming. LEDs can do it too, though not quite as well.

  • avatar

    “However, there is one aspect that puts it a step behind its more-expensive competition. The G70 still uses analog instrumentation”

    I hope this POS will be optional. Give me analog any day

  • avatar
    Menar Fromarz

    And what is dude doing anyway…? At 80…Shifting? I love those photos trying so hard to make sitting in traffic or at the Wally Mart parking lot “exciting/engaged/virile and important”. They remind me of Pontiac ads from the ’80’s and ’90’s.
    In truth, the Hal 9000 doesn’t really care about you, it just wants you to think you matter, so it can access your Facebook account.

    • 0 avatar

      Yes, Menar, he is shifting. He’s only doing 80kph, not 80MPH. 80kph is only about 50 and almost typical of shifting into 6th on moderate acceleration. You can see the tach is reading 2xxxrpm, so he’s probably waiting for the next shift.

      • 0 avatar

        Pretending it’s not an automatic, if he’s shifting into 6th at 50MPH then I hope he has 8-9 gears total because that engines going to be screaming at 80mph. I normally can’t shift to 6th until 65-70mph.

        • 0 avatar

          @Hummer: It really depends on how hard you’re accelerating. If you’re driving mellow, it seems the typical shift points are around 15, 25, 35, 45, 55, though if you’re trying to hypermile, you might shift at 10, 20, 30, 40, 50. I did the latter a lot with my 6-speed Wrangler and still saw 2200rpm at 65mph (maybe 2050 at 60mph.) If I were pushing it, though… Like a pass? Drop two gears (6th to 4th) and rev to near redline and shift… would be passing 80mph before shifting back into 6th.

          It really depends on the driver and the gear ratios of the tranny.

    • 0 avatar

      Its an automatic… he is not shifting anything.

  • avatar

    Interestingly, it sounds like they’ll be licensing an Apple patent to do this.

  • avatar

    Too much graphic nonsense. More function, less flash.

  • avatar

    Everything old becomes new again. Subaru was doing this over 30 years ago, though not quite so colorfully.

  • avatar

    Going to reserve judgment till I see it in person. When your the new kid on the block you have to do something special to stand out. Hopefully this turns out better then is sounds.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    I’ll admit to having a bit of a digital dash fetish. I have a NX1600 digital cluster to put in my 240SX sometime. It seems like half of the X80 Toyota Mark IIs and most of the upper-trim S130 and S140 Crowns have a digital cluster. The Nissan versions in the Y31 and 32 Cedric/Gloria/Cima seem to be rather less common.

  • avatar

    I’m amblyopic, so spacial relationships are a bit harder for me. 3D doesn’t work and causes splitting headaches. Please help me understand: are the 3D gauges supposed to be traveling through the dash cavity/firewall and into the engine compartment or something? A Star Trek corridor on red alert?

    Also, people think I’m blind. Will this car?!

    Not completely unrelated: What about the Cadillac drowsy driver eye cameras? I have a bit of blepharoptosis– would these cars think I was falling asleep?

  • avatar

    That sounds incredibly distracting. I can see people getting fixated on the 3D effect, right before rear-ending someone.

  • avatar

    Ugly. If Genesis wants to better compete with its rivals, they should work on improving the rest of the interior, which isn’t competitive with the OLD 3 series, much less the new one. I never liked digital speedos when they were popular in the ’80s and early ’90s, and I don’t like them now.

    There’s a reason why a Submariner is much nicer to look at than an Apple Watch.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree with your second point. As with watches, a well-crafted analogue unit will always look better than a tiny tablet. There’s a reason so many luxury car makers still install analogue clocks towards the center of the dash.

  • avatar

    you youngsters won’t remember irwin allen’s “time tunnel” (1966-67).

  • avatar

    And unless you drive in ape hanger mode like this guy with your hands above your shoulders, the top of the steering wheel will be right in front of the gages. Why is this standard on every car? I always have to duck to see the speedometer.
    If you have a G-Force display, please never be looking at it when encountering high G-forces.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    This car is going to be “ace of base” fodder for sure since by all accounts the base model will perhaps have the best overall experience because manual. Finding one, that may be an issue. BMW makes a 3 manual. Good luck getting a dealership to locate one for you.

  • avatar

    I was wondering about this, and recently drove a CTS-V with Digital dash. After a while, I thought it was like the HUD displays some cars have. Interesting novelty, but I could easily live without it, and at the end of the day, it’s a “not checking this one” n the options sheet.

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