Genesis G70 2018
Just imagine the haughty laughter coming from some meeting rooms of Germany and Japan when Hyundai first announced it would shoot high-end customers with sub-brand Genesis.
To be fair, there was a time when their birth could be justified. But that was the time before. Prior to BMW’s vice president of engineering, Albert Biermann (a 32-year-old Beemer veteran, with most of that time led the M fave M Division brand), challenged Hyundai to dust up the scope. form.
And that was before Bentley’s former designer (and Audi, and Lamborghini) Luc Donckerwolke boarded a similar Korean Air flight towards the Genesis design.
So while this all-new G70 is technically the third Genesis product (after G90 and G80), this is the first one that actually has fingerprints of Donckerwolke and Biermann all over, out. eye brand new design language, as well as this new product. passion for dynamism and performance. It will also be released in Australia as an independent Genesis, with the brand removing Hyundai parts for all models to move forward.
And something tells us that similar senior brand executives will not laugh as loudly as they are now.
Is there anything interesting about its design?
The G70 is the first product in a new Genesis product group, previewing the brand’s new design language that will appear on most future products.
Yes, it lacks the elegant elegance provided by the best of the Germans, but the G70 looks beautiful from many angles, no less important is the three-quarter view of the rear (there is an ambiguity of BMW-ish for it), with its muscular rear guard covering the large 19-inch alloy. From that perspective, it looks difficult and purposeful and high-end.
The front, however, is less solvable. It’s unappealing, just saying, just busy, with huge and extremely complex grille, dual vertical LED strip surrounds each headlight (you’ll also see them behind, part of the signature set. Genesis Quad DRL design) and all the silver decorations compete for your attention.
Climb inside, and you’ll find a very well-built interior, with innovative materials used (leather frilly on the door border, metal trim on the driver, aluminum on the door handle). Perfectly matched with soft touch materials lining dash and central storage units.
Audi is an almost undisputed interior champion in the segment, and while the Genesis cabin does not follow that standard, it is a well-made space and is definitely premium.
How realistic is the space inside?
Just like buying real estate, G70 is all about location, location, location.
The previous one had plenty of room to move and would share a pair of cups, along with the room at each door to store bottles. The front technology is covered by a USB, auxiliary connector and power source, all neatly hidden behind a small folding lid.
For me, there is a small strangeness to the driving position, as the seat – even in the lowest position – is too high a part, and the steering wheel touches too low. It doesn’t even have access to a deal tool, just a farce that you have to get used to.
Rear seats, though, are significantly tighter than the front. The G70 is 4685mm long, 1850mm wide and 1400mm tall actually provides good knee and head room (at least behind my 10 inch 10ft driving position) in front
There, there’s no way you can mount three adults over your back, with the middle seat a proposal in a strict emergency, combined by a raised tunnel that erodes the driver’s foot room. But the people in the back seat have their own air vents (but not the temperature control), and have rooms at each back door to get the bottle, along with two cups in the pull-down divider.
Boot is a deep space, but the aperture will limit what you can put into it. There, there was no spare tire, space saving or otherwise, with the owner instead a puncture kit.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with?
Well, that’s a big question that has not been answered. With the G70 still a few months away from the launch of Q1, 2018, Hyundai is holding the price of its mother. That said, smart money will offer a G70 entry point that will be around $ 50k and it will increase to about $ 75k for top deals.
That will make it very cheap, relatively speaking. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class – dominating the high-end mid-size segment – starts at $ 61,900, while the BMW Series 3 Series starts at $ 57,300. Even the brand that challenged fellow Infiniti also valued Q50 at an entry rate of $ 53,900.
The G70 will be offered two engines on three unnamed levels and while the specs are fully slim on the ground, most are made from Nappa leather seats (both hot and cool), charging. Touch phone, head-up display and 15 speaker Lexicon stereo at the car launch ceremony. However, how many of them will reach the standard in each of the three trim levels, however, still be seen.
That said, more broadly that Hyundai has some form when including the included standards and considering the strength of competitors, we were shocked to discover the cheapest G70 is like a single. You are stripped. Take this from Hyundai Australia’s COO Scott Grant: “It is clear that we will not command any form of price insurance for a while – if any – as a quick follower and a brand. but has yet to prove its information. ”
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission?
The smallest engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit, will produce 190kW and 353Nm, and will combine with the single gearbox offered, an eight-speed torque converter, to power the rear. Hyundai has yet to talk about performance figures for its smaller engines.
The strongest variant shares its 3.3-liter bi-turbo engine with the upcoming Kia Stinger, achieving 272kW and 510Nm capacity – enough to push the G70 up 100km / h in 4.7 seconds quickly and push it up to a maximum speed of 270km / h.
It also shares key performance components with its Stinger siblings, so expect sliding differences in similar mechanical limits on all levels, while adaptive dampers and torque vectors. Dynamic twists will appear on V6 engine models.
How much fuel does it consume?
Official fuel usage figures and C02 figures for Australian standards have yet to be confirmed, but a quick calculation of international numbers will see Genesis return powered by V6 engines somewhere around 11. , 1L / 100km according to the required cycle / combination. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will see that number drop to about 9.6L / 100km.