2018 Genesis G70

Hyundai particularly created the Genesis brand to compete with
premium brands. To expand the brand, Hyundai is set to launch
the third member of the brand dubbed the 2018 Genesis G70. The
model is set to compete with the likes of BMW 3 Series and
Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Read along to find out more about the
new sedan:

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2018 Genesis G70 Exterior

The new sedan is still in its development stages and we only
have photos of its testing mule as of this writing. The
prototype undergoing testing is covered in heavy camouflage
such that it is difficult to make much out of it. However,
considering Hyundai is looking to make the Genesis lineup a
full-fledged brand, I expect the automaker to derive
inspiration from the G80 and G90 for the new sedan’s exterior
styling.

At the front, the G70 will likely feature a huge grille similar
to that on the G80 or G90.The grille will feature horizontal
slats. Slim LED headlights will flank the grille. The bumper
will have vertical air intake on each corner. The model will
also feature a muscular hood.

At the rear, the taillights of the model seem to be slimmer
too; they also extend well into the trunk lid and seem to
feature a new LED pattern. There also seems to be a trunk lid
spoiler hidden under the camouflage. In addition, there seems
to be a beefy bumper that will support quad exhaust or dual
exhaust tips. The G70’s roof design seems to be borrowed from
the G80.
The roof slopes elegantly to meet the shorter decklid and
spoiler culminating in a sporty look that matches if not
outshines the look of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or the BMW 3
Series.

2018 Genesis G70 Interior

It was impossible to get clear shots of the cabin due to the
heavy camouflage on the testing prototype. I think the cabin of
the G70 will be inspired by that of the G80. As such, the cabin
will have premium features.  Leather and Alcantara will be
the standard upholstery materials. The seats will be heated,
ventilated and power adjusted.  An attractive contrast
stitching will hold together the upholstery materials. Wood
trim will also feature for a premium look. The cabin will also
be excellently designed to rival the Mercedes, BMW and Cadillac
nemeses.

Going by its competitors, the sedan will likely feature a huge
screen and a digital instrument cluster.  A navigation
system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay as well as other latest
connectivity features will be offered as standard. A SiriusXM,
Bluetooth connectivity, USB auxiliary jacks and HR Radio will
also be standard.  Top trims will feature a premium sound
system as standard.

Like its elder sister, the G80, the G70 may also offer a
superior shoulder room and legroom compared to its rivals. In
addition, the sedan could also offer the best cargo space in
the segment. More information will be available once we get
clearer shots of the 2018 Genesis G70 cabin.

Engine Specs and performance

The automaker is yet to reveal the lineup of engines that will
power the 2018 G70. I would put my money on two drive-trains.
The first likely mill that will power the entry-level models is
the turbocharged, 4-cylinder mill that powers the current
Hyundai Sonata. This engine produces 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of
torque.

The second mill to power the top trims will likely be the
twin-turbocharged 3.3 L, V-6 that powers the current G90.
This engine produces 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. I expect
the engine to produce the same amount of power in the G70.

Rumor has it that the automaker may also offer a plug-in hybrid
drive-train. The possible mill is the one used by the
Sonata. It combines a turbocharged 2.0 L engine with
an electric motor to produce 202 horses. All the engines will
likely be paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that will
convey power to the rear wheels.

Price and release date

Like the engine, details of theG70’s price are not available as
of this writing. The automaker must price it competitively to
stand any chance in a segment dominated by German-made
automobiles. As such, the G70 should be priced in a way to
undercut the German sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, which has
an MSRP of $33,450.

Competition

In addition to the BMW 3
Series, the G70 will have to contend with two other
German-made luxury sedans i.e. the
Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. The
Cadillac
ATS is another model the G70 will contend with. The
Cadillac was specifically made to give the C-Class and the 3
Series a run for their money and it is doing a good job so far.
Other rivals also seeking to get a piece of the market
controlled by the trio of German sedans are the Acura TLX,
Lexus IS
200t and Infiniti
Q50.