Genesis launches new model, the G70
A legitimate player in the prestige market.
Korean prestige car brand, Genesis, has just expanded its local vehicle range to two models, but expect a number of other models, including an SUV and the flagship G90 sedan, to be joining them in one of the company-run Genesis Studios over the next three years.
The luxury arm of Hyundai, Genesis, launched here in 2014, but will now be marketed in Australia as a stand-alone brand in a push to be seen as a distinct, legitimate player in the prestige market. And to that end, the company is backing the product with an all-inclusive ownership experience and complimentary Genesis To You valet service to remove the pain points from purchase and ownership, plus a Lifestyle Concierge service. Check our G80 Genesis story for more details.
The first Genesis Studio is open in Sydney CBD with Melbourne and Brisbane Studios to follow next year. There’s also a haggle-free fixed-price online build and buy portal.
Where the new G80 is a significant update of the original model sold here, the G70 sports sedan is a new first-generation model, and in many ways G70 feels the ‘newer’ car. The newcomer delivers refined performance, road manners that impress, plus advanced safety and convenience technology.
There’s a choice of two powertrains with three model grades for each. The 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo petrol engine is a strong performer producing 179kW and 353Nm. It covers the standing start sprint to 100kph in a claimed 5.9 seconds.
More potent though is the 3.3-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 that musters 272kW and a brawny 510Nm of torque. It dispatches the 0- 100km/h sprint in 4.7 seconds.
An eight-speed auto with launch control and rev-matching, that drives to the rear wheels is standard across the range.
The $59,300 G70 2.0T opens the books, ascending through 2.0T Sport ($63,300), to the 2.0T Ultimate ($69,300). The 3.3T Sport lists at $72,450, while the 3.3T Ultimate and 3.3T Ultimate Sport both carry a $79,950 price-tag.
All V6 models and selected 2.0-litre variants feature Brembo brakes and 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. Adaptive Suspension and torque vectoring are fitted to all V6 versions too.
A five-star ANCAP safety rating to the latest test protocols applies to the G70, while seven airbags and a suite of Genesis Active Safety Control assistance tech are standard.
The G70 feels more up to the minute than its G80 sibling and it’s arguably the more engaging drive.