2024 Genesis G70 Getting Better Base Engine
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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