Genesis driving dynamics plus more practicality? Sounds like a winning combo to us.
The Genesis G70 has already proven that it can go toe-to-toe with a BMW 3 Series or an Audi A4. Last year, it was by far the brand's best-selling model in the states. So, it's hardly unfathomable to see Hyundai extending the model line with another body style. While nothing is set in stone yet, William Lee - CEO of Genesis - has reportedly said that the manufacturer is looking into the possibility of a G70 shooting brake.
We see little reason that such a model wouldn't succeed, being based on the excellent sedan's underpinnings. Like the upcoming GV80 SUV, the facelifted G70 due in 2021 will feature the brand's signature crest grille design - the wagon-style G70, if it sees the light of day, will likely feature the same.
The G70 shooting break would provide strong opposition for the Audi A4 Avant and the BMW 3 Series Touring in Europe, where wagons aren't viewed as a forgotten body style but are integral to those manufacturers' bottom lines. In one of the few good renderings we've seen of a G70 wagon (such as the rendering from X-Tomi Design above), we can see how well the existing G70's design language complements the elongated roofline of a wagon.
Volvo is one of the best examples of a modern luxury wagon design, with the slender V90 not only stunning to look at but with a large 25.5 cubic-foot trunk that is a clear example of the added practicality over a sedan. A G70 shooting brake is also an opportunity to improve on the G70 sedan's disappointing trunk, which only measures 10.5 cubes.
The G70 shooting break will likely share the sedan's powertrains: that means either a 255-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 365-hp 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 would be used. In either guise, the G70 is up there with the 3 Series and the Alfa Romeo Giulia for driving enjoyment in this segment.
Nothing is confirmed as yet, but a spacious wagon paired with the G70's brilliantly rounded dynamics sounds like one of the best moves the Korean automaker can make. If they do, we sincerely hope that this will not be a Euro-only model.