Genesis, Hyundai’s very own luxury brand, has unveiled its third model, and it’s aimed directly at the likes of the BMW 3 Series. Introducing the new Genesis G70…
Based on the same rear-wheel drive architecture as the Kia Stinger, the compact-sized G70 is the smallest sibling yet of the midsize G80 and full-size G90 luxury sedans and should be more of sports sedan that either of them. It sure does look sporty with its long hood and short overhangs, as well as the Genesis brand’s signature grille and aggressive-looking air inlets.
The rear is simpler in design, featuring a slightly raised trunk, distinct fender lines and a two sets of dual exhaust outlets. LED technology is integrated in both the front and rear taillights.
According to Genesis, the G70’s interior boasts “superb fit and finish throughout,” and I can’t help but to agree judging by the pictures. The cockpit has a clean, simple and tech-laden layout with few physical buttons, while the entire cabin is features luxurious touches like aluminum door handles, quilted leather door cards, metal speaker grilles and Nappa leather.
An 8-inch touchscreen capable of running both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes standard, while a 15-speaker Lexicon premium audio system can be had as an option.
The Genesis G70 launches with three different drivetrains globally, including a turbocharged 3.3L V6 that produces 365 horsepower, a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder rated at around 250 horsepower and a 2.2L diesel with 199 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive is standard ware, but all-wheel drive will be available across the board.
In its most powerful configuration, the G70 should be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).
As to be expected, the G70 can be equipped with a bevy of the latest safety equipment, including an innovate active hood function that lessens the severity of a collision with a pedestrian.
North American sales of the new Genesis G70 begin sometime in 2018.
Do you like how the Genesis G70, at least aesthetically, turned out, and would you get one? Should the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and the other top compact premium sports sedans be worried? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Hyundai Developing Electric Genesis And Kona
Just like almost every other major automaker, Hyundai has decided to shift its focus to electric cars. The Korean automotive giant has confirmed development of a fully-electric Kona SUV and an electric Genesis sedan.
Hyundai, like Toyota, originally focused its attention on fuel cell vehicles; however, the growing popularity of EVs and the Chinese government’s focus on electric cars has prompted a change in plans.
Hyundai’s Executive Vice President Lee Kwang-guk beliefs the technology is now mainstream and realistic and, in an , stated:
“We’re strengthening our eco-friendly car strategy, centering on electric vehicles.”
The company is already a player in the electric car segment with the Hyundai Ioniq, but that car’s range is nowhere near as good as that of the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. That will change in 2018 when the electric Kona is released with a driving range around 242 miles.
The fully-electric Genesis sedan, on the other hand, will take on Tesla and is expected to arrive sometime in 2021 with a driving range of around 310 miles.
Hyundai will also add more plug-in hybrid models to both the Hyundai and Kia brand’s lineups.
New Genesis Brand Will Offer Luxury Electric Vehicle
Hyundai’s newly launched luxury brand, Genesis, will add an all-electric car to its growing portfolio of premium models.
Genesis senior vice president Manfred Fitzgerald, a former brand and design head at Lamborghini, told that electric cars are the future of the automotive industry. specifically stating:
“It is very, very obvious that EV is definitely on the map. I think full electric cars will be the future in the auto industry.”
A sports coupe in also in the cards, as well as two premium SUVs.
Genesis’s only models at the moment are the G80 and G90 (formerly the Equus), both of which previously wore a Hyundai badge. The brand was launched just recently in 2015, so it’s still in its nascent stages of development.
Only time will tell if it will be a strong force in the premium car segment.
2017 Genesis G90 Sedan Revealed, Ushers in Hyundai’s New Luxury Brand
Previewed earlier by a several design sketches, the 2017 Genesis G90 Sedan has officially been revealed and replaces the Equus as the flagship sedan of Genesis, Hyundai’s ambitious new premium brand.
The G90 rides on a stretched version of the platform that underpins the Hyundai Genesis, which itself will be renamed ‘G80’ when it is refreshed in 2016, and features a new “Athletic Elegance” design language that will be adopted by future Genesis models.
It borrows many design cues from the Vision G concept that was introduced earlier in 2015, with notable highlights including a prominent yet upscale-looking front fascia characterized by a prominent hexagonal grille flanked on both sides by boomerang-shaped LED headlights and crowned by a large Genesis emblem.
A long hood and short overhangs help deliver a sporty yet flowing silhouette that’s further accented by chrome trim and pronounced wheel arches.
Buyers will have the choice of eight “sophisticated” exterior colors ranging from Marble White and Onyx Black to Gold Scent and Neptune Blue.
The G90’s interior is said to have human-centered ergonomics and is loaded with luxury and tech features you would expect from an aspiring premium brand, including semi-aniline leather upholstery, real wood trim, a three-zone AC, wireless charging, and VIP passengers seats with 14-way adjustability.
It also boasts a Smart Posture Caring system that takes into account the driver’s height, automatically adjusting his/her seat, the steering wheel position, the heads-up display, and the door mirrors.
As for power, the South Korean-spec Genesis G90 (the ‘EQ900’, as it is called) will be available with an entry-level 3.8-liter GDI V6 that produces 310 horsepower, a new 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged T-GDI V6 rated at 365 ponies, and a 5.0-liter V8 with 419 horsepower. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive can be had at an extra cost.
The large sedan will also be offered with a long list of electronic driving aids, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control, a Lane Keeping system, and a semi-autonomous function called Highway Driving Assistance.
Notable Safety eqipment include Smart High Beam Assist, Pedestrian Detection, Active Blind Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, and a one-megapixel rearview camera with a 360-degree Around View Monitor.
The 2017 Genesis G90 makes its North American debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Would you choose it over an Audi A8, Cadillac CT6 or Lexus LS?