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Genesis Reveals G70 Sport Sedan

Genesis has had a great start in the U.S. market thanks in part to the G90 flagship sedan, as well as the G80 sedan (AKA the artist formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis.) But the one notable thing missing from its lineup (besides CUV/SUV offerings) was a true entry level luxury sport sedan. Genesis has rectified this problem with the unveiling of the G70 sedan.

Designed to be the latest attempt at toppling the benchmark BMW 3-Series sedan, the G70 starts off with bold exterior styling cues that are quite pleasing to the eye. There’s a healthy amount of G90 traits in its well tailored suit of clothes, especially in the front fascia design albeit with more lines and creases. The side profile leads out to a short rear deck, and an equally handsome rear bumper with bold tailights rounding out the look quite nicely.

The interior reflects this theme of elegant simplicity and has a refreshingly straight forward layout for many vehicle controls. This is a nice change from many of its German competitors, and their complicated electronics.

An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system houses Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, and will allegedly be the first unit to utilize server-based voice recognition technology. This is due to Kakao’s artifical intellegence platform dubbed “Kakao 1.” It’s unknown what this entails for buyers in the U.S. especially if the feature does make it state side, but it could give the G70 an edge over BMW’s I-Drive system, and even Mercedes and its formidable COMMAND system.

Three diffrent engine choices will be offered, but look for U.S. buyers to only have two engines to choose from. The base model will feature a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder with 248 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Genesis claims that an optional Sport package will slightly raise the horsepower figure to 251 horses.

Meanwhile, the G70 Sport shoehorns the 3.3 liter turbo V6 from the bigger G80 into its engine bay. Look for 365 horsepower to be on tap, with Genesis reps claiming the Sport can make the sprint to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. A 200 horsepower diesel engine serves as the greenest of the bunch, but don’t expect it to be offered here in the U.S. anytime soon.

Genesis revealed that the G70 will also get some serious performance tech too including launch control, dynamic torque vectoring, and a limited slip differential. Handling benefits from an adjustable suspension system, but its unclear if some of these features will trickle down to four cylinder models equipped with the Sport package.

Look for more details to be revealed in 2018. These would include final pricing figures, as well as formal fuel economy figures. The G70 will certainly face off against established players in this segment, but it will also have to prove itself against newcomers like the Cadillac ATS, Jaguar XE, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

However, we think it has a fighting chance, and we look forward to learning more over the next few months.

Genesis Previews Upcoming SUV Offering With GV80 FCV Concept

Genesis is making great strides in its emergence as a viable luxury brand especially with the G90 and G80 sedans. However, for the brand to truly blossom, Genesis will need CUV/SUV entries to prop up its reputation in the luxury car market.

While it is currently unknown what the production version will look like, Genesis previewed a glimpse at this future with the GV80 concept which showcases a new design language that aims to cement its styling language for years to come.

The two row four seat concept features a bold front fascia that is firmly anchored by the familiar Genesis grille, Unlike other applications of the Genesis grille, the application here has a bolder presence, which is mostly due to the larger real estate that is dedicated to it. This enhanced swagger is accentuated further by a second opening in the lower portion of the grille, which is reminiscent of recently Bentley offerings.

The grille is flanked by two tiered headlights that are made up of rows of separate LED strips. Below these stylish strips are two specially designed “air curtain inlets which flank the 23-inch wheels. The design of the inlets transitions into outlets behind the wheels, which are designed to help cool the hydrogen fuel cells. A pair of matching outlets also appears on the rear fascia.

Meanwhile the interior adopts a two tiered display with a large curved screen that serves as the infotainment and control hub. In addition, a second smaller cluster style display showcases vital driving information. The interior is a technological showcase, but our favorite feature has to be the trusses that Genesis designers used for the side pillars. These trusses are very stylish, and can also be viewed from inside and outside the vehicle.

With the high levels of luxury and technology that the GV80 possesses, we look forward to seeing what the production version will bring to buyers. While the hydrogen fuel cell power train will most likely not make the jump to production, look for the G90’s V6 engines to carryover to the GV80, as well as the eight speed transmission that helps regulate all that power.

Hyundai Sheds New Light On Upcoming Santa Cruz Pickup, Says It’s “Almost Ready”

Following its debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Hyundai has revealed that it is moving forward with a production version of the Santa Cruz crossover pickup concept.

“We have made the decision, we have not made the announcement” stated Dave Zuchowski president and CEO of Hyundai North America in an interview with Motor Trend magazine.

It is rumored that the production version of the Santa Cruz will largely make the leap into production virtually unchanged though designers have had to make several minor changes to make it more feasible for production. Chief among them is the addition of four doors versus the concept’s two door layout which would allow the truck to take advantage of the current demand for crew cab spec pickup trucks. In another move towards production, the truck would ride on the same platform as the Hyundai Tuscon crossover, but in a compelling twist, Hyundai could use the model to debut a new four cylinder diesel engine that would eventually see duty in select Genesis models when the brand is eventually launched in Europe.

The diesel would also give the truck an edge over its direct rival the Honda Ridgeline, and serve as a tempting way to lure buyers that would otherwise buy the Chevrolet Colorado or the GMC Canyon. However, it appears that what will ultimately be under the hood at launch is still in flux, with reports suggesting that Hyundai is still debating the matter internally.

Regardless, the Korean auto giant expects the Santa Cruz to do well with the company expecting to sell between 50,000 to 75,000 units annually. Pricing could start at $25,000 which would be a double edged sword by being $5,000 less than the Ridgeline, but $5,000 more expensive than a comparable Colorado. Look for the truck to also feature all-wheel drive though look for it to be largely similar to what is seen on the Ridgeline and other rivals.

While Hyundai for its part has remained quiet on the subject, Motor Trend claims that the company will eventually make an official announcement about the pickup truck either later this year at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, or early next year at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. After it makes its rounds on the auto show circuit, the truck is expected to land in Hyundai showrooms sometime in 2018 with the truck being badged as a 2019 model.

Hyundai Axes Genesis Coupe, Promises More Sophisticated Succesor

Following up on a report that was released by The Globe and Mail. Hyundai revealed that it plans to retire the current generation Genesis Coupe, and replace it with a more suitable successor when it formally launches its all new Genesis subbrand.

The current model is a blast to drive when the roads get twisty, but a closer look reveals that it lacks polish in a few key areas, especially with regards to its interior plastics and it’s front fascia. This new model aims to rectify that, and will most likely be aimed at buyers willing to sacrifice some handling prowess for the sake of comfort.

“A new, more sophistocated and luxurious coupe appropriate for the Genesis brand is currently under development” revealed Hyundai Motor America PR manager Christine Henley in a seperate statement to The Truth About Cars.

The coupe will make its apperance after the launch of the Genesis subbrand with the G80 –rebadged Hyundai Genesis — leading the charge with the flagship G90 sedan following close behind. After those two models launch, Genesis will unleash the G70 compact sedan followed by two luxury crossover vehicles.

The new coupe also fuels prior rumors that suggested that Genesis and Hyundai’s N performance brand were collaborating on the development of a new performance coupe that would target the benchmark set by the BMW M4 as well as the Mercedes C63 AMG. It is expected that the rumored model would be a two door version of the G70 and wield a twin-turbocharged 3.3 liter V6 engine to allow it to go head to head in the horsepower race.

Neither Hyundai nor Genesis has released a formal time table for the coupe’s arrival in Genesis showrooms, but look for an announcement to take place within the next few years.

Hyundai’s Genesis Luxury Brand Unveils G90 Flagship Sedan

Following on the heels of a pair of teaser images that were released a short while ago, Hyundai’s new Genesis sub-brand has taken the veil off of its upcoming G90 flagship sedan at an event in South Korea.

Designed to replace the current generation Equus, the G90 embodies a bolder approach to luxury while still offering plenty of amenities and technology for buyers to enjoy. While the exterior styling is toned down somewhat versus the teaser images, the front fascia still channels a degree of aggression thanks to an all new crest shaped grille that features slick LED headlights and the brand’s all new winged emblem. A chrome laden belt line snakes its way to the decidedly more subtle rear end which features dual exhaust tips and takes some of its inspiration from the current generation Genesis sedan. Genesis (the brand) claims that this is part of its new “Athletic Elegance” design language and the new clothes should allow the G90 to do a better job standing out when viewed against established luxury rivals.

The interior of the Equus was packed with features, but it lack of refinement and a relatively bland design helped hinder it when viewed against rivals. The G90 aims to exorcise these demons, and offers a cabin that not only amps up interior quality, but also brings more polish and technology to buyers. Italian leather nicely offsets the real wood trim scattered through out, while the supple leather seats were fine tuned and certified by German back support specialists. The driver seat features 22 way power adjustments while the passenger seats boast 14 way adjustability. In addition, an all new “Smart Posture Caring” system positions the seats, steering wheel, heads up display, and outside mirrors to the drivers optimum position which encourages better posture and comfort while driving.

The infotainment system features a beefy 12.3 inch high definition color screen and promises to reduce button clutter  (a key Equus complaint.) A 360 degree around view monitor, Lexicon surround sound system, and inductive wireless phone charging also arrive as standard equipment and help ensure that the G90’s cabin is a very comfortable place to spend time in especially on long road trips.

When it came to performance hardware, The Equus only had one available choice a powerful but thirsty 5.0 liter V8. Genesis engineers wanted to expand the G90’s appeal and versatility with buyers and have equipped the car with three different engine options. The base G90 will arrive with the same 3.8 liter V6 that arrived in the 2016 K900 and will boast 311 horsepower. Mid level variants will get a turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 which brings 365 horsepower, while the range topping 419 horsepower 5.0 liter V8 is carried over from the Equus. Buyers that pick the V8 will be pleased to hear that a small boost of power is on tap and will allow the tweaked V8 to boast 429 horsepower (a gain of 10) and a 5.7 second 0 to 62 mph time.

Regardless of which engine is chosen, all three will be hooked up to an eight speed automatic transmission with power going to either the rear wheels or all four wheels. Look for the latter to be popular in the snowier parts of the United States where Audi and it’s Quattro equipped offerings have firmly established themselves as a top contender in these chilly markets.

In addition to its impressive amounts of luxury and performance, the G90 will also arrive with world class safety features. The extensive list includes blind spot monitoring, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver alertness monitor, and adaptive headlights. The KDM spec model also features an all new Highway Driving Assistance system that can deliver near-autonomous operation at freeway speeds. Understandably, we may have to wait a little while before the system is ready for our nations freeways but it does sound intriguing, and would make the G90 one of the few luxury offerings available with this particular type of technology.

Like other products the G90 will initially be launched in Korea under the EQ900 moniker, but will eventually find its way to other world markets (including the U.S.) where it will wear the G90 badge. After its arrival, look for five more models to join the Genesis model family including a two door coupe, a crossover, and a smaller G70 sedan that would compete with the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes E-Class, and the Audi A6. Also look for a 3-Series fighter to eventually join the ranks but it is unknown when that model will make it’s formal debut.