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2019 Genesis G70 Arrives In New York To Fight The BMW 3-Series

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The performance-focused sedan even has a six-speed manual transmission – but only for the 2.0T model.

Just in time for the New York Auto Show, Genesis has lifted the wraps off the new US-spec 2019 G70, offering gorgeous styling, driver-focused performance, refined luxury, and advanced technology. Positioned below the G80, G80 Sport and flagship G90, the entry-level luxury sedan is essentially Korea's answer to the BMW 3-series. To make it a viable competitor, the G70 has been tested in some of the world's most challenging environments, including Death Valley, northern Sweden, and the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Genesis says this rigorous testing will ensure the G70 has "world-class driving dynamics and exceptional durability." "At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication, and talent from our designers," said design boss Luc Donckerwolke. "The G70 is designed to captivate all senses with a tensioned, muscular exterior, and rich, tactile interior." With its long hood, short overhangs, and dynamic roofline, the G70 represents the future direction of the company's "Athletic Elegance" design language. We think you'll agree it looks stunning and is hands-down the best-looking premium sedan to come out of Korea yet.

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Other design features include slender LED daytime-running lights and the staple Genesis Crest Grille. In the US, the G70 will be available with a choice of three powertrains and five trim packs, ranging from the Advanced to the range-topping Sport model. Two engines will be available: a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder, and a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6. Real-wheel drive is standard, or you can opt for all-wheel drive. Power is sent through an eight-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters with either engine. Enthusiasts will want the optional six-speed manual gearbox, however, which is only available for the 2.0-liter turbocharged rear-wheel drive model.

We're not complaining though, since you rarely see manual transmissions in luxury sport sedans anymore. Launch control will only be offered in automatic versions, however. Five driving modes will also be available to adjust the powertrain response, steering weight, engine sound, all-wheel drive torque distribution, and suspension firmness. Models equipped with the Dynamic Package also gain a mechanical limited slip differential, while the 3.3T model features variable gear ratio steering. The 3.3T Sport version also offers electronically controlled suspension.

Optional extras include high-performance Brembo brakes with fixed calipers (four-piston front, two-piston rear) providing additional stopping power. Models riding on the larger 19-inch wheels will also have sharper handling thanks to Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. Inside, the G70 features a sumptuous mix of high quality brushed aluminum surfaces, quilted Nappa leather seats, stainless steel speaker grilles, and premium stitched soft-touch surfaces throughout the interior. Standard safety features include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Driver Attention Warning.

The Genesis G70 will be arriving in US dealers this summer, available in eight exterior colors: Victoria Black, Casablanca White, Himalayan Grey, Santiago Silver, Adriatic Blue, Mallorca Blue, Havana Red, and Siberian Ice.