A new mid-size SUV from South Korea is coming... but not from Kia or Hyundai.
It’s the Genesis GV70, from those brands’ more premium cousin.
It will arrive in Australia in the first half of next year, fleshing out a slowly expanding local Genesis lineup.
A choice of three powertrains has been slated for the GV70's launch: an entry-level 155kW/422Nm 2.2-litre diesel four-cylinder engine, a mid-tier 224kW/441Nm 2.5-litre turbo petrol and a 280kW/530Nm 3.5-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine at the high end.
The design study reveals the GV70 to be a handsome, well-proportioned take on the luxury small SUV.
‘Athletic Elegance’, the same design language recently bestowed upon the updated 2021 Genesis G70, is present here with a Genesis crest grille, flanked by two horizontally spilt headlights, much like the new G70.
At the rear, the split light treatment continues, with huge exhaust exits featuring prominently.
“The audaciously designed new GV70 breaks new ground for Genesis through purity of design execution,” says Genesis senior VP and design boss SangYup Lee.
“This follows the Genesis G80 and GV80 which demonstrated the perfect balance of our design identity [of] ‘Athletic Elegance’.
“The new GV70 inherits the Genesis design DNA including signature elements, such as the Wing Face and Two Lines.
"Along with the G70, the athletic 70-series line-up expands our design territory."
The Genesis GV70 will come with an expansive suite of passive and active safety features, including autonomous emergency braking, blind spot collision avoidance assist, driver attention warning, navigation-based adaptive cruise control and highway driving assist. The GV70 is equipped with a total of 8 airbags, including the centre-mounted airbag in the front row.
It also receives a fingerprint authentication to control certain car features, such as a new Genesis CarPay, and for remembering specific in-car settings.
Local details including arrival in Australia and pricing is yet to be confirmed.
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