Genesis is gunning for the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLC.
To boost sales and capitalize on the unrelenting demand for SUVs and crossovers, Genesis is preparing to unleash a production version of the gorgeous GV80 SUV concept to take on the likes of the Mercedes GLE, BMW X5, and Audi Q7. This won't be the only SUV in the Genesis model family, however, as it will be joined by the smaller GV70 – and this is our first look at it in prototype form. The all-new Genesis GV70 was caught by our spy photographers lapping the Nurburgring.
Camouflage prevents us from getting a good look at the design details, but it looks production-ready apart from the missing taillights. Like the GV80 concept, the GV70 appears to sport a split headlight design and a similar crest grille. Its smaller proportions allow Genesis to go gunning for the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
No photos were provided of the cabin but the GV80 concept's interior could give us a few clues, which featured a wide 22-inch OLED display and luxurious diamond-quilted leather seats. That said, the GV70 will be positioned below the flagship GV80, so it may not be equipped with the same luxuries.
Being based on the G70 sedan, the GV70 sedan will likely be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque as standard paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The G70 sedan is also offered with a twin-turbo 3.3-liter that produces 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both models also have a choice of all-wheel or rear-wheel drive.
Whereas the GV80 is expected to debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show next month, the GV70 will go on sale in 2021 and could become one of the brand's best-selling models. By then, Genesis plans to have six models in its lineup.