Genesis is launching a new compact sports sedan designed to take on the BMW 3-Series. The sharp-looking 2019 G70 is coming to the U.S. early next year, but it will go on sale in Korea September 20th.
The exterior makes its German targets clear with triangular lines for the front air intakes and grille. These mirror the angry wolf headlights. The rest of the exterior focuses on simple, elegant horizontal lines that look classy and fast. In designer speak, Genesis said it focused on creating a proportional three-box design with a long dash-to-axle ratio.
The cabin envelops the driver with leather upholstery surrounded by metal finishes instead of wood. The driver-focused infotainment system is slightly angled towards the driver and an 8-inch infotainment screen sticks up at the top of the center stack.
The G90 is eye-catching even though its style isn’t as extreme as the concept. But it more than satisfies with its shared Kia Stinger platform and its standard launch control, rack-mounted power steering, multilink rear suspension, and dynamic torque vectoring.
There are ten exterior colors that use a new painting technique to make them extra dynamic. Those pair with five different cabin colors: Obsidian Black, Sand Storm Gray, Velvet Burgundy, Tobacco Brown, and Vanilla Beige. The top 2.0T G70 Sport offers two more cabin colors: Sports Gray and Sports Red.
Colors are just the beginning of the choices though. The G70 will offer three engine choices. The first is the 3.3-liter V6 turbo with 365-horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. The next is a 2.0-liter inline-4 with 248-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The last option is a diesel, which isn’t likely to go on sale here. It’s a 2.2-liter inline-4 turbocharged diesel option though. It rates 200-horsepower and, more importantly for diesel, 325 lb-ft of torque.
Genesis rates the V6’s 0-60 mph time at 4.7-seconds with a top speed of 167 mph. The time applies to models with the standard 8-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Both manual and all-wheel drive are options though.
No pricing yet. But expect the model to price slightly lower than its competitors like the Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-Series, and Audi A4. So in the upper $30k range.