The Korean automaker is prioritizing SUVs.
When Genesis first launched its 3 Series-rivaling G70 compact sedan back in 2017, it was an instant success. The G70 received a significant facelift for the 2022 model year, but the engines remained the same. Though the facelifted G70 is still highly competitive in its segment, the dynamic sedan will likely require an all-new model in the next few years. Unfortunately, a new rumor from The Korean Car Blog claims Genesis will give the G70 a second facelift rather than an all-new generation.
The report cites anonymous sources who claim the updated Genesis G70 will adopt the front end styling of the G90 flagship sedan, which is believable given Genesis' recent design strategy. Those sources also claim the interior will be all-new, though the platform will remain the same. This means Genesis is unlikely to give the G70 any additional rear legroom.
Genesis will likely follow the approach adopted by Ford with the new Mustang and Nissan with the new Z: a carryover chassis, updated engines, some fresh technology, and some fresh exterior design. Though we'd like to see an all-new G70 sooner rather than later, the Mustang and Z prove that a sporty vehicle with old bones can still learn some new tricks.
Under the hood, Genesis is expected to carry over the existing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. The former produces 252 horsepower while the later develops 365 hp.
Nothing is set in stone though, so perhaps Genesis will use the updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder from the Kia Stinger (producing 300 hp) and the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 from the G80 (producing 375 hp).
It seems unlikely at this point, but Genesis could finally decide to give the G70 a sporty version above the twin-turbo V6 model. The G90's e-supercharged 3.5-liter V6 sounds like the perfect tool for the job with 409 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. No matter which engines the G70 ends up using, it will likely be the final gasoline-powered Genesis since the South Korean automaker will go all-electric by 2025.
Genesis has recently launched two new electric vehicles, the GV60 and Electrified G80. These models will later be joined by the Electrified GV70 SUV. While the GV60 rides on a dedicated electric e-GMP platform, the Electrified G80 and GV70 use convergence platforms that also allow for gasoline versions. Perhaps the G70 was too small for such a treatment, meaning Genesis would rather wait for a refresh cycle before introducing an electric version. We'll continue to update you if any more news becomes available.