Genesis has a surprise in store for 2021 G70.
The Genesis G70 luxury sports sedan, perhaps the most formidable foe to the segment's benchmark BMW 3 Series, is slated to receive a few updates for the 2021 model year as part of a mid-life facelift. Although the changes won't be huge, such as restyled headlights and a few interior tweaks, the G70 will supposedly undergo one update we weren't expecting. An early dealership order guide obtained by Cars Direct indicates a new Special Edition trim will join the lineup as the most luxurious G70 you can buy.
However, that added prestige will come at a price. The early information reveals the new range-topper will have a $3,650 price increase over the 2020 model, meaning the 2021 G70 Special Edition will only begin at $56,925, including the $1,025 destination charge. Is this new trim worth the added cost?
Genesis hasn't confirmed how it'll be packaged, but the report claims it's based on the 3.3T Sport trim but tacks on unique 19-inch wheels, matte exterior paint, upgraded interior stitching, and a 12.3-inch 3D cluster, the latter of which is finally making its way to the US after already being available overseas. As we previously reported, no changes will be taking place under the hood, despite early rumors claiming otherwise.
The 2021 G70 will retain its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the optional engine (standard on the new Special Edition) will be the familiar 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 with 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of twist.
An eight-speed automatic sending power to the rear or all four wheels will continue to be standard with both engines, though the turbo four is expected to keep the six-speed manual/RWD combo for enthusiast customers. The Special Edition can also be had with RWD or AWD, the latter being a $2,000 option. Despite the fully-loaded Special Edition's nearly $57k price tag, it's still very much in line with the BMW M340i's nearly identical starting price.
But once buyers start checking the options box, the BMW's price will quickly climb above the $60k mark whereas the G70 Special Edition will remain the cheaper choice. Expect the 2021 Genesis G70 lineup to debut in the near future.