Not enough people bought it.
Manual transmissions are dying off as fewer and fewer people in the United States buy them, prompting automakers to discontinue the option from their lineups. Just this week, Jeep discontinued the manual Compass, and now, another manual car will join it. The upcoming facelifted 2022 Genesis G70, which was initially expected to keep its manual transmission option, will officially be automatic-only.
A Genesis spokesperson confirmed this announcement with ABC News when discussing the G70 in an upcoming piece about manual transmission trends. We knew the manual take-rate on the G70 was pretty low (previously four percent on 2.0T models), but Genesis has confirmed that the numbers are even worse than expected. The company sold fewer than 100 manual G70 models in the 2020 model year.
Genesis assembled a pretty compelling package with the G70 manual, giving it a lot of options that enthusiasts crave. The manual car came equipped with Brembo Brakes, a limited-slip differential, and sport exhaust. Inside, the manual model included plenty of options over a base G70, including heated and ventilated seats, aluminum trim, and a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system.
There was a problem, though. The manual transmission Genesis uses could not handle the torque of the larger twin-turbo V6 engine, leaving a 2.0-liter turbo-four as the only engine choice. With just 255 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, the Genesis four-pot is far from the most potent 2.0T in its segment.
Engine aside, the biggest issue with the manual G70 was the transmission itself. It dates back to the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and features a clunky clutch with a mushy shift lever. Manual transmissions are supposed to make the driver feel more connected to the car but this one somehow did the opposite. It is a bit sad to see another manual transmission option leave the market, especially the last one standing in the compact luxury sedan segment, but we won't miss it too much.