2024 Genesis G70 Getting Better Base Engine

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Genesis has updated the G70 for South Korea by swapping the current 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the 2.5-liter unit that’s found in the Kia Stinger. The motor produces 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque in the Kia — suggesting that the 2024 model year will be extra spicy for the G70.

While the manufacturer has not yet confirmed the change for North America, it seems unlikely that they’d leave us with the 252-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. The 2.5-liter turbo will likely supplant it as standard equipment or perhaps be offered as an option, with the 365-hp V6 presumably sticking around for decked out versions of the G70. 

The model is also rumored to receive another facelift before a second generation arrives in 2026 (fingers crossed they ditch the fake vents), so it seems plausible that this will all come together in a summer announcement about how the vehicle will be changing for 2024. 

Additional changes on the Korean market that could migrate our way include streamlined HVAC controls. Though we doubt this will be as well received as Genesis adding power. Integrating physical controls into the touchscreen never seems to go over well. But the car will have standard ventilated front seats, heated seats all around, and a frameless rear-view mirror with some new interior trim colors. Ditto for the exterior paint options.

Brembo brakes (formerly reserved for the 3.3T) will also become standard hardware for the G70. They’ll be hidden behind all-new 18 and 19-inch wheel designs. 

Assuming pricing doesn’t change by much (2023 model year starts at $40,245) and Genesis brings the shooting brake to our shores, I’d certainly consider owning one. The mix of its status as an oddball underdog, performance value, and luxury bargain are just too difficult to ignore. While not for everyone, the G70 checks a lot of boxes and Genesis seems interested in sweetening the pot. Though the 3.3T is still probably the one to get for those seeking a value alternative to something like a BMW M340i. 

But we’ve yet to see how it shapes up for our market. Odds are good that it’ll be more-or-less what we’ve seen debut for South Korea. Either way, we’re expecting a formal announcement later this summer that should answer any lingering questions.

[Images: Hyundai Motor Group]

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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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  • Mog65737831 Mog65737831 on Aug 17, 2023

    Is there actually a 2024 MY G70 coming to North America? I saw an article hinting at the possibility that Genesis is killing the G70 off, scrapping the development of an all new model as sales numbers are declining steadily. I was interested in getting one next year to replace my 2021 GTI... 😁

  • Tom Kenney Tom Kenney on Oct 02, 2023

    Wondering the same. It's getting late for 2024....I should scoop up a 2023 3.3t now.

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