It looks cool, but will we get it?
The 2021 Genesis G70 made its rounds in the news lately after it was confirmed that the model's manual transmission will go away after the 2022 model year facelift. This news could have been more disappointing had Genesis sold more than 100 manual G70s in the entire 2020 model year and if the transmission itself had been a bit better. With no more manual, we can now look on to the next bit of G70 news, which involves the aforementioned 2022 facelift.
The G70 will receive a fresh new exterior, updates on the interior, and as previous spy shots have revealed, a new wagon variant. CarBuzz has just received more spy shots of the G70 wagon, proving that the model is nearing production. But now we must ask the all-important question - will it come to the United States?
When it was last spotted, the G70 wagon test mule was wearing two sets of wheels. One appeared to be a set of base five-spokes while the other was a more intricate wheel pattern similar to what's found on the flagship Genesis G90. This time, the prototype is riding on the same sporty grey five-spokes found on the G70 sedan 3.3T with the Sport Package. As with the sedan, red Brembo brake calipers sit under the wheels.
The camouflage is still pretty heavy but we can clearly make out some styling cues from the new G80 and GV80, including a split headlight and taillight design. At the rear, a large, v-shaped brake light is clearly illuminated when the car stops.
This prototype was spotted in Europe, where the G70 wagon would compete against the recently-unveiled Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake. But like the Arteon, it seems unlikely that the G70 wagon will make its way stateside. Genesis just got through offering a manual car that sold fewer than 100 units in a year. We doubt the Korean automaker is ready to cater to a handful of wagon lovers in the US. As of right now, the only automaker competing in the compact luxury wagon segment is Volvo with the V60.