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New 2018 Genesis G70 launched

By Chris Thompson, 15 Sep 2017 News

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Hyundai’s 3 Series rival set to be a more premium brother to the Kia Stinger

To complete the Hyundai Genesis line up, the new Genesis G70 has been launched at the Hyundai Genesis Design Centre in Namyang, South Korea.

The Genesis G70 is being introduced as a continuation of the brand’s luxury focus, making it more of a BMW 3 Series rival than the budget-friendly Kia Stinger.

The G70 will arrive with three different engines available, from the same 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 as the Kia Stinger GT, to a 2.0-litre turbo petrol or 2.2-litre diesel.

2018 Hyundai Genesis G70 rearThe V6 produces the same power as in the Stinger, with 272kW and 510Nm, though the Genesis boasts a 0-100km/h run of 4.7 seconds.

The G70 will also come with the option of rear-wheel-drive as opposed to being AWD only.

Though related to the first Hyundai Genesis, the brand is working to separate the Genesis badge into three different models, G70, G80, and G90.

2018 Hyundai Genesis G70 wheelHyundai Australia chief operating officer Scott Grant told MOTOR recently that the G70 will be a more performance focused car than the almost limo-like Genesis that came before.

“It’s a different product, obviously it’s a little bit smaller in size but it will be packed with performance credentials that mean the ownership and driving experience will be quite different from the G80,” Grant said.

“I drive a Genesis now, it’s quite a large car, it’s beautifully finished, but it’s not necessarily a sporting drive where I think the G70 will have a more performance orientation.

2018 Hyundai Genesis G70 interior“If you want to play in that [3 Series] game the luxury part is essential. But they’re not enough if you want to have a sports-oriented product, which is what the possibility is for this product.

“You have got to have the luxury but you’ve got to have the sports flavour to it. You can’t have one without the other.”

Hyundai Australia hasn’t yet confirmed delivery dates or pricing for the G70 in Australia yet.