The refreshed sedan should get a much-improved infotainment system.
The Genesis G70 may have flown a bit under the radar within the Korean brand's lineup for a while, with all the talk being centered around the refreshed - and much more expensive - G90, along with the 2021 GV80 SUV. But the G70 is about to be thrust back into the spotlight as a mid-life facelift is on the horizon.
After our spies snapped a few pictures of a camouflaged G70's exterior earlier this month, we now get our first look at the revised cabin. The picture was apparently snapped by Bobaedream and shared by The Korean Car Blog.
The picture itself doesn't give too much away, as much of the interior is still cloaked in material to conceal the main features, but we can see a sporty steering wheel that seems to look much like the one in the current G70. What we can also see is a larger touchscreen, which is said to be 10.25 inches in size, up from an eight-inch display. Hopefully, the system is faster to use than the slow-witted version in the existing G70. The setup should also get Genesis Connected Services functionality, too.
On the outside, the G70 will gain the split design of the headlights and taillights that have become a feature of new Genesis models, which should provide the sedan with a more assertive demeanor. However, the G70 allegedly won't have the double-line side repeater lights as found on the G80. A wagon is planned for Europe, but there is no word on it coming to the US - a pity since a G70 wagon looks like it would be a super appealing family car.
On the engine front, a Smartstream 2.5-liter four-pot and a bigger 3.5-liter six-pot, both featuring turbocharging, are expected to replace the current 2.0L and 3.3L options. The bigger of the two engines should generate about 380 horsepower, which nearly matches the 382-hp output of the mighty BMW M340i.
With a release anticipated in the first half of 2021, the changes sound significant enough to see the G70 properly challenge the Germans - if not on the sales charts, then on sheer ability alone. We're hoping for an increase in interior quality, too, although it's doubtful Genesis would have been able to remedy the slightly cramped rear seat since this won't be an all-new model. Still, this is a sedan that should offer plenty of appeal for the price.