The second SUV from Genesis is officially here.
It was shown just before Halloween to a small audience in South Korea, but now the 2022 Genesis GV70 has debuted in the United States. Following the mid-size GV80, this is the second SUV model from Genesis and is set to compete in the luxury compact crossover segment against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Volvo XC60. Genesis already revealed the final design for its smaller crossover, but this global debut contains more information about what's available under the hood and when customers can expect it to arrive in showrooms.
Starting with the design, the GV70 adopts the Genesis signature crest grille and the split quad-headlight shape. A parabolic line begins at the headlights, then runs down the length of the vehicle to create a sensation of motion. Towards the back, a unique C-pillar reminds us of a Porsche 928, giving the GV70 a style that's unlike competitors.
Genesis has finally confirmed that the GV70 will ship in the US with two available engines: a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6. No power outputs are explicitly listed, but we assume they will match those of the G80 sedan and GV80 SUV. Expect 304 horsepower from the four-cylinder and 380 hp from the V6, both going out through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Genesis says the GV70 is based on a rear-wheel-drive platform, but all-wheel-drive will also be available.
The GV70 should be enjoyable to drive thanks to weight-saving materials like aluminum for the hood and tailgate. Drivers can select from up to four modes, including eco, comfort, sport, and custom. Opting for the Sport Package also adds a fifth sport plus mode. The Sport Package adds a blackout bezel, three-dimensional dark chrome mesh grille, exclusive bumper design, large circular exhaust tips, body-colored diffuser, and exclusive wheels. It also dresses the cabin with a bespoke steering wheel, carbon fiber details, and unique color options.
Speaking of the cabin, it looks more stunning than the exterior. The design derives inspiration from aerodynamic sections of aircraft wings with rich volume and unique elliptical elements. At the center sits a 14.5-inch Liquid Crystal Display touchscreen with a beautiful shift-by-wire gear selector that looks like a jewel. Smart new tech like a fingerprint authentication system and Advanced ROA (Rear Occupant Alert) with radar sensors has also been included.
The safety doesn't end there, with available Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II) helping to control the steering wheel during lane changes and actively responding during close-range, low-speed cut-ins. Genesis says its lane change system is improved and can move lanes automatically using the turn signals. Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) and Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC) are two other new features that can control the speed based on local speed limits and when cornering using the nav system.
No pricing information is available yet, and Genesis only provided a (very) rough arrival estimate for the calendar year 2021. That might mean we won't see the GV70 in US dealerships until around this time next year. While Genesis will keep full pricing and options a secret, for now, it did share some information about colors.
The GV70 will add three new colors - Mauna Red, Barossa Burgundy Metallic, and Barossa Burgundy Matte - to the Genesis color palette. It will also continue the trend of unique interior color combinations, with options such as Ocean Waves/Pine Grove two-tone and Gray/Velvet Burgundy two-tone.