So far, all models from Hyundai’s luxury brand received excellent critics, so we expect nothing less from the 2021 Genesis GV70, which is another brand-new model to come from this manufacturer. This time, we are talking about a compact luxury crossover, which will compete in one of the most crowded segments in the business today. As you may presume, the new model will derive from the G70 sedan, though we count on a lot of inspiration taken from the bigger, mid-size GV80.
We expect that the Korean manufacturer will use the same formula for this crossover. This means making a vehicle that’s on par with key players in the segment, but which comes at a notably lower price. The latest reports suggest the new model will come next year and as you may presume, North America will be one of its first markets.
2021 Genesis GV70 Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, the new crossover will have a lot of things in common with the G70 sedan. The two models will use the same platform and probably even feature the same wheelbase, which goes around 111 inches. Unlike some more affordable models in the segment that feature an FWD layout, this will be a genuine premium crossover that comes standard with a rear-wheel-drive. Of course, AWD models will be in the offer too.
When it comes to styling, we expect surprises. This means the 2021 Genesis GV70 will closely follow the brand’s new design language. Although mechanically based on the G70, the new model will feature a fresher look at the front, with a face similar to the bigger GV80. This includes a brand’s typical shield-like grille, with a massive mesh pattern, which spreads all away down to the bottom of the front bumper. The biggest difference compared to the sedan counterpart will be in terms of headlights, as we are about to see those recognizable horizontal stripes that characterize fresher models from the lineup.
The overall shape will be typical for a luxury SUV. We found a lot of similarities with models like the Porsche Macan. There is a similar, slightly rounded rear end with a sloping roof that provides that coupe-like stance. Also, there is a pretty big roof spoiler, which makes everything look more attractive. We are still waiting for the exact dimensions.
From what we can see on rendering photos, the new cabin will look pretty similar to the bigger SUV brother. This particularly refers to the dashboard design, which should use the same layout that utilizes lots of quality materials and comes packed with loads of standard equipment. Of course, one of the highlights will be that stylish infotainment widescreen, which is operated with a small rotary knob on the center console. The list of standard equipment will also include tech goodies like Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay Android Auto, while the premium Lexicon audio system should be in the offer as well.
One of the biggest complaints about the G70 sedan is about tight rear seats. We expect that the Korean manufacturer will solve this problem. Despite that the wheelbase will be the same, we expect that the SUV layout will provide additional passenger space, especially in terms of headroom. The cargo area should offer some respectable numbers for the class as well.
2021 Genesis GV70 Engine
Surprises under the hood are not expected. Therefore, we expect to see 2021 Genesis GV70 with two familiar units in the offer. Base models will use a 2.5-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 300 horsepower. In higher trim levels, we also count that the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, which puts out around 375 horsepower. While the sedan sibling is also available with a manual gear shifter, this SUV will come with an 8-speed automatic transmission only. The rear-wheel-drive will be standard, while the AWD layout will be in the offer too.
Outside North America, we could also see a diesel version in the offer, equipped with a well-known 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel, which is good for about 200 horsepower.
2021 Genesis GV70 Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Genesis GV70 in the first half of next year and the latest reports suggest a starting price under 40.000 dollars. The new model will compete primarily with the German trio BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5.