By on October 30, 2020

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]

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29 Comments on “Genesis Previews 2022 GV70 Crossover...”

  • avatar

    Macan meets new gen Infiniti FX!

    I still don’t like their oval steering wheel but everything else seems great, especially that color of leather! I would much rather have some wood look trim than that trend line graph that’s there now on the door panels.

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    I like the rear view body panels, 63-67 Corvette inspired?

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    I’m generally not a CUV fan, but the proportions of the GV70 and GV80 are very well done. I think the big grille also works better on the 2-box body style. And I **heavily** applaud Genesis for sticking with RWD architectures, It would be very easy to slap some frosting on a Santa Fe or Palisade and call it good.

    I agree with Corey though that the steering wheel design is kind of lame for what is likely to be engineered as the “sporty” crossover.

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    Were I in the market for such a class of vehicle (aka, could I afford it) I’m finding Genesis’ take on the luxury market a lot more interesting than the usual Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, etc. Not having to follow-up previous models definitely has its advantages.

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    The GV70’s very attractive inside and out, at least in photos. The ovoid shapes of the GV70’s interior looks like what 1990’s Ford interior designers would’ve had in mind before downmarket budget constraints dictated otherwise.

    Also like how the character of the C-pillar design stands out versus the overused upswept glass, floating roofs, and thick C-pillars seen on too many CUV’s these days.

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    I think it will do well against the better mid-priced crossover. With the right engine and options it will do better then more expensive crossovers.

    That dash has an odd 50s look to it, I like it

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      There’s a lot of 50’s-60’s Virgil Exner in that dashboard and steering wheel. Maybe it’s a new retro trend considering how many vehicles have a Best Buy display in the middle of the dash.

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    I really like this overall. A few details I don’t like, the steering wheel, not a fan of that character line that flows from the front fender to the rear as it lowers when a second one starts on the rear doors and rises to create sort of haunches. And I need a close-up of those “G-matrix” wheels, because from a distance they look awful.

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    “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.”

    Ummmm, I really dont see the distinction you are trying to make here. That is the same basic look that non integrated touchscreens have in pretty much ever car I have seen. Cutting out a grove for it to set in doesn’t really seem opulent to me. I really don’t mind it. Its really all about placement and I find the higher it is the less distracting to use while driving because you don’t actually have to turn your head away and can pretty much keep your eyes on the road.

    Nice looking vehicle, Infiniti FX was my first thought as well, which is a great vehicle to look at even all these years later. Not especially fond of the dimpled “G-matrix” wheels on the sport model. Kudos for being different but it is an odd “golf ball” look doesn’t seem to fit.

    • 0 avatar

      I think it looks better integrated, but it still looks like a “tablet sticking up out of the dash.”

      The touchscreen also looks very far away from the driver, as in, unreachable to shorter folk.

      The interior overall is…. so-so. Clean design, but looks too much like a ’90s Taurus to me.

      My biggest complaint, though, is the grill, which appears to be creeping up onto the hood. How, in this world of ever-tightening fuel economy requirements, can grills keep getting bigger?

    • 0 avatar

      Difference between one that is “floating” (usually farther into the dash), and those that are haphazardly affixed to the dash like for the RAV4.

      The floating position allows for the screen to be closer to eye-level; and also allows for a lower dash height.

      • 0 avatar

        Having driven a rental Pacifica with the screen properly integrated into the dash and a Garmin GPS nav on top I can tell you the cheap tablet set into a cradle look doesn’t make much difference at in in the sight line. It is only a few inches difference.

        As far as dash height, there are some that keep the high sight line and still wrap the dash around it which looks so much cleaner.

        This screen would be a deal breaker for me. Especially in a higher end “luxury” vehicle as it looks cheap. Like if Yugo were making cars now.

  • avatar

    Genesis is where Cadillac should be.

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    Take a look at that and then take a look at an Acura RDX…The Acura is just so cheap looking inside and out compared to the GV70. I wonder how much the RWD proportions help with the exterior styling. As for the interior, does having budget stablemates make it harder for Acura designers to construct a premium interior?

    • 0 avatar

      “Premium” always has stood for “untested,” “untried” and “unverified” to some degree. Much/most/(near all to jaded Japanese) of “premiumness” is just another word for “different from what the plebs have.” After all, if something was truly “better,” it would be a failure at basic product design and engineering competence, to not be able to incorporate it into the product most of your customers would buy.

      So, you end up with “premium” Rolls Royces and Paganis, and not-so “premium” Corollas. The latter still driving around 30 years later. On the thread of the original tires, despite no oil changes by the Uberdriving stoner, and perhaps after a few direct airstrikes. The former…. Never really made it out of the garage, unless on a flatbed to the repair shop or some Concours de Premium somethingorother….

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    If I walked into a Genesis dealer and saw this, I would quickly make my Exodus.

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    skinny tires don’t look right on crossover

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    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.

    • 0 avatar

      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….

  • avatar

    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.

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