Genesis G70
(1st Gen)

1st Gen Genesis G70 Front Image
  • Model Year 2017 to Onwards
  • Class Compact Executive Car
  • Layout Front-engine, RWD
    Front-engine, 4WD
  • Style 4-door Sedan
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Overview

The Genesis G70 is a 4-door compact executive sedan manufactured by the Korean luxury automaker Genesis, a subsidiary of Hyundai. As an all-new nameplate, the G70 debuted on September 15, 2017, at a global launch event in Seoul's Olympic Park. The G70 is Genesis Motor's third model and was designed to compete with vehicles such as the Jaguar XE, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Volvo S60, the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Infiniti Q50. The Genesis G70 was named the 2019 North American Car of the Year. The Genesis G70 was under development for several years and was previewed by the Genesis New York Concept shown at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The design was penned by German auto designer Peter Schreyer, who is also responsible for designing the related Kia Stinger. Development of the G70 took place at Hyundai Namyang R&D Center in Hwasung, South Korea. The exterior design shares cues from the other two Genesis models, the G80 and G90. The grille features Genesis' corporate design, with functional air intakes along the bottom and side. The LED headlights operate with separate daytime running lights. The rear has an athletic stance framed by LED taillights and dual-exhausts. The interior's center console is angled slightly towards the driver and is composed of soft-touch plastics, leather and real metal accents. The layout has three large knobs for the climate controls, an 8-inch touch screen, and a small electronic shifter. Technology features include a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a heads-up display. The Genesis G70 is offered with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 hp (188 kW) and 260 lb ft (353 Nm) of torque, a 3.3 liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with 365 hp (272 kW) and 376 lb ft (510 Nm) of torque, and a 2.2 liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with 199 hp (148 kW) and 325 lb ft (441 Nm) of torque. Genesis estimates that acceleration from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) will take 4.7 seconds with the 3.3 liter V-6. The transmission is either an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual, which is only available on the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder model. Buyers are able to choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, with the manual transmission coming only with rear-wheel drive.


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