Genesis Previews 2022 GV70 Crossover

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Genesis shared the first official images of the GV70 on Thursday. The model slides in just below the GV80 and serves as the crossover alternative to the G70 sedan, incorporating the now-familiar quartet of LED headlights and crested grille.

The interior has been similarly inspired by its siblings, providing a look that’s synonymous with the Genesis brand but fairly unique within the industry. An ovoid steering wheel influences the rest of the cabin, resulting rounded edges replacing anything that designers might have previously penned at a 90-degree angle. The end result is an interesting and elegant space for drivers to plant themselves.

This is Genesis’ second SUV and once again sees the brand utilizing a floating screen in the least-offensive manner possible. Rather than having the central touchscreen jutting out of the dashboard like the bargain-bin engineering choice it is, Genesis opted to mold the dashboard to cradle it in a manner that makes it look expensive. It works rather well, as does Hyundai Motor Group’s decision to utilize wider tablets for its luxury arm.

However, it’s the finer details that make the whole car shine from tip to tail and has become a hallmark of the brand. Both the cabin and exterior benefit from silver accents and interesting touches that could easily make a vehicle look gaudy if executed poorly. But that hasn’t been Genesis’ bag and has helped it compare favorably against its more expensive rivals in Europe.

The GV70 seems to be largely dependent upon touch controls but seemingly not to an egregious level. Climate controls have a dedicated pod with physical knobs/buttons and there are a handful of buttons left behind for essential features you might not want to bury behind a series of menus. We just hope there’s a volume knob to compliment the rotary-style gear selector. While the latter is subject to personal taste, the former is absolutely mandatory.

Genesis also previewed the Sport package model, which gets its own front bumper, performance steering wheel, and 21-inch, “G-Matrix” wheels. It also has darker chrome accenting, carbon fiber appointed consoles, and fatter exhaust ports which are supposed to make a sweeter (presumably louder) sound. Sport models come with a few exclusive colors and trip options, too.

There’s no word on powertrain configurations but the brand has been fairly easy to predict in terms of engine options. We’re expecting a turbocharged 2.5-liter as standard equipment with sporting models receiving the brand’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. But the GV70 could borrow smaller mills from the G70 sedan, resulting in turbocharged 2.0 and 3.3-liter motors.

The 2022 Genesis GV70 will go on sale by the end of this year in South Korea with U.S.-spec models arriving sometime in 2021. Pricing is TBD but we’re anticipating something a few grand dearer than the G70, putting the crossover’s starting MSRP somewhere around $40,000.

[Images: Genesis]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Oct 30, 2020

    This is dangerously close to wagon ride-height, and it's lacking at least 2-inches of 'tough' black plastic cladding around the wheel-openings.

    • Stuki Stuki on Nov 01, 2020

      Put half-sensible-sized rims and tires on it, and it suddenly won't look nearly as "sharp" and "buttoned down." On 15s, or even 17s, 185 to 225s, it suddenly becomes an awful lot harder to avoid the lumbering whale look which all CUVs share in real life, compared to 20 to 24 inch pimprims, and tire widths befitting a Lamborghini. It's not even just CUVs these days. I just saw the latest 4 series (nice car...). Shod with 17 inch BBS'ish rims, it's really pretty classy. But the sheer bloat of modern cars, makes even this "little" 3er sized one, look much less lithe than the "missing 6er from the 90s" it almost looks to be channeling (grille aside.... but without the M-sport treatment, even the grille is much more classy and subdued, even if more prone to that bloated look again.....). (My money's still on Mazda getting the "Ultimate driving machine", "BMW in the 80s/90s" formula right, if they could get an rwd platform, than BMW itself. Just market realities, BMW and suppliers in no way lacking engineering acumen. But that new 4, at least looks lake a a tasteful attempt at a scaleup. Not just an indifferent bloating. Come to think of it, so does this Genesis, at least in these pictures, and give the constraints of the CUV....

  • Ravenchris Ravenchris on Oct 30, 2020

    Androgynous and appealing. The first two vehicles pictured would appeal to my feminine wife because of color and design. I would like it because she does and I see masculine elements that appeal to me.

  • Aja8888 Folks, this car is big enough to live in. Dual deal: house and car for $7 large.
  • Astigmatism I don't think tax credits will put me in this league, but if I could swing it, I would 1000% go for a restomod EV Grand Wagoneer: https://www.thedrive.com/news/you-can-buy-an-electric-80s-jeep-grand-wagoneer-for-295000
  • FreedMike I like the looks of the Z, but I'd take the Mustang. V8s are a disappearing breed.
  • Picard234 I can just smell the clove cigarettes and the "oregano" from the interior. Absolutely no dice at any price.
  • Dartdude The Europeans don't understand the American market. That is why they are small players here. Chrysler Group is going to die pretty soon under their control. Europeans have a sense of superiority over Americans that is why the Mercedes merger didn't work out and almost killed Chrysler. Bringing European managers aren't going to help. Just like F1 they want our money. We need Elon Musk to buy out Chrysler, Dodge and Ram from Stellantis.
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