Hyundai Motor Company officially announced Genesis as a standalone brand on 4 November 2015. The luxury brand is supported by a host of top industry names — Manfred Fitzgerald, former director of brand and design at Lamborghini, is executive vice president. Luc Donckerwolke, former design director of Volkswagen Group subsidiaries Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi, leads the design brand since early 2016 and works alongside Hyundai-Kia’s chief designer Peter Schreyer. In other words a lot can be expected from Genesis. On that account, the journey has been impressive so far.
The second generation G70 was previewed by the “Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis” concept at NAIAS 2013. Hyundai had conceived “Concept Genesis” in 2003 and introduced its first new model in 2007 as a “progressive interpretation of the modern rear-wheel drive mid-sized sports sedan. The new G70 debuted on September 15, 2017 as the fledgling brand’s third model. The platform used is a modified and shortened one from sister brand Kia’s all-new Stinger GT.
The exterior design shares cues from the other two Genesis models, the G80 and G90 that are also sold in our markets. The grille features Genesis’ now signature design, with functional air intakes along the bottom and sides. The LED headlights are separate from the daytime running lights. The rear has an athletic stance framed by LED taillights and dual-exhaust tips.
The interior’s center console is angled slightly towards the driver and is composed of soft-touch plastics, leather and real metal accents. The layout has three large knobs for the climate controls, an 8-inch touch screen, and a small electronic shifter, Technology features include a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a heads-up display. The top trims gets sporty contoured seats and quilted Nappa leather upholstery.
Entry level models come with Theta turbocharged 252hp 2.0-litre in-line four cylinder and top trim gets the 370hp Lambda twin turbocharged 3.3-litre GDi V6. Power is routed to the wheels via eight-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, with the manual transmission coming only with rear-wheel drive versions.
Safety features include airbags, ABS, ESP and tyre-pressure monitor, as well as active-driving aids such as adaptive cruise control with auto braking, lane-departure warning.
|Engine||I4 2.0L RWD|
|No. Of Gears||8A|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Tire Size||225 / 45 R18,225 / 45 R18|
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