Now we know how much smaller the GV70 will be than its GV80 sibling.
Better late than never, Genesis is finally capitalizing on the unrelenting demand for luxury SUVs with the launch of the GV80. But this is only the start of the Korean automaker's SUV onslaught. By 2021, Genesis will have three SUVs in its model lineup to cover a broad range of market segments. After the mid-size GV80 goes on sale, Genesis will launch the GV70 compact crossover as a rival to its more established German competitors like the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
On Twitter, CocheSpias spotted a camouflaged prototype of the Genesis GV70 parked next to its larger GV80 sibling, and the size difference is immediately noticeable.
The GV70 is much shorter and narrower than the GV80, which will make it easier to park as the photo illustrates. Despite its smaller proportions, the Genesis GV70 still looks like it will have plenty of presence.
Unfortunately, the camouflage prevents us from getting a clear look at the design details, but the GV80 already gives us a good idea of what its smaller sibling will look like. Stylish split headlights can be seen peeking through the camouflage, and the GV70 also sports a smaller, darker version of the GV80's crest grille, although higher trim levels could sport a more premium-looking chrome grille.
Now that we can see the two luxury SUVs side-by-side, the air vents on the GV70's front bumper appear to have a different shape. As seen on previous prototypes, vertical exhaust pipes will also set the GV70 apart from the GV80.
Under the hood, the Genesis GV70 is expected to share the same engine options as its larger sibling, including a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 375 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. Power will be sent to either the rear or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic.
A debut date hasn't been announced yet, but these prototype sightings suggest the production version of the Genesis GV70 will be unveiled later this year.