Genesis G70 sedan range revealed, but still no launch date
The long-awaited Genesis G70 luxury sedan will be sold in Australia with six variants and a five-star ANCAP safety rating when it launches in … well… we still don’t know because Hyundai Australia can’t tell us.
The Genesis G70 has already been on sale internationally for a year, and was originally due to launch at the start of 2018 , but its Australian launch has since been subject of several delays, with a spokesman from parent company Hyundai telling WhichCar.com.au, “we’re having a product meeting on December 17 where we’ll reveal more … expect it sometime during the first half of 2019”.
What we do know is that when the standalone Genesis brand does finally arrive, its rear-drive BMW 3-Series, Lexus IS, and Mercedes C-Class rival will be available with a choice of 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.3-litre V6 turbo-petrol engines, the latter being the same basic engine that powers the Kia Stinger – a brand which Hyundai also owns.
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Like the Kia Stinger, each engine will be available across three specification grades:
- G70 2.0T
- G70 2.0T Sport
- G70 2.0T Ultimate
- G70 3.3T Sport
- G70 3.3T Ultimate
- G70 3.3T Ultimate Sport
The Genesis G70 is a more premium product than the Kia Stinger to take on European establishment and while pricing and features will be revealed closer to launch, whenever that may be, expect a price range between $50,000 and $75,000.
Enhanced comfort levels include a smart posture control system which takes the driver’s body information and automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, outside mirror, and head-up display to the optimal position.
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Infotainment and connectivity includes an 8-inch touch screen display supporting MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice recognition, while music is pumped out via a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system.
As its five-star ANCAP safety report released today confirmed, the G70 is brimming with passive and active safety measures including ‘Genesis Active Safety Control’ driver assist system package, as standard.
When it finally does arrive, the Genesis won’t be sold through Hyundai dealers. Instead Genesis is opening ‘high-end retail stores’ in capital cities, a similar retail approach to Tesla.