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News 2022 Genesis GV70 Heading To North America in 2021

2022 Genesis GV70 Heading To North America in 2021

The new crossover focuses on driving dynamics.

  • The 2022 Genesis GV70 is the second crossover in the Korean brand’s lineup.

  • Turbo 2.5L four and twin-turbo 3.5L V6 engines will be available.

  • The new compact luxury crossover will go on sale in 2021 in North America.

The 2022 Genesis GV70 is a compact-sized crossover that will expand the luxury brand’s lineup to five models, seeking to attract tech-savvy urban go-getters. Although first pictures were unveiled back in October, we now have more details on this new model, and the brand even shared a video.

It’s also the first Genesis equipped with a launch control system, if that’s any indication that Genesis is putting the emphasis on dynamic driving characteristics. It’s the utility vehicle equivalent to the Genesis G70 sedan, which has been praised on many occasions by the automotive press for its handling and sporty character.

2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Genesis

Three engines will be offered in the 2022 Genesis GV70, although the North American market will get the two now-familiar gasoline units. The turbo 2.5L four produces 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, while the twin-turbo 3.5L V6 belts out 375 horses and 391 pound-feet. As is the case with the 2021 Genesis GV80, the GV70 will be available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drivetrains with the smaller engine in the United States, and mandatory AWD with the V6 engine. In Canada, AWD will be the only way to go.

The GV70’s styling also mimics the refreshed 2022 Genesis G70 sedan’s, with the brand’s signature Crest Grille and quadruple headlight strips, along with a shapely body that’s more svelte and muscular than the GV80’s. One noteworthy design detail is the pronounced character line that flows along the side profile and trucks in the rear quarter panel as it merges with the taillight cluster. Three new paint colours will be introduced in the GV70: Maura Red, Barossa Burgundy Metallic and Barossa Bungundy Matte.

Genesis GV70
2022 Genesis GV70 | Photo: Genesis

The GV70’s cockpit will present a sumptuously finished, stitched leather dashboard, some brightwork on the centre stack and centre console, a generously sized infotainment touchscreen and a plump steering wheel ahead of a digital driver instrument panel. Two-tone interior themes include Ocean Waves/Pine Grove, and Grey/Velvet Burgundy.

A Sport Package will be optional, which will add a three-dimensional, dark chrome grille mesh pattern, unique bumpers, circular exhaust outlets and specific alloy wheels. Inside, the Sport Package enhances the atmosphere with unique interior colours, a different wheel design and carbon fibre trim. In addition to the standard Eco, Comfort, Sport and Custom drive modes, this package will feature a Sport Plus setting.

The usual slew of advanced safety features will be found in the 2022 Genesis GV70, and a Highway Driving Assist II system will reduce driver fatigue on long stretches of road. Although many manufacturers are equipping their vehicles with a rear occupant alert system based on the doors being open and closed, Genesis’ system goes a step further by using radar-based sensors mounted inside the vehicle that detects passengers in the rear-seat area.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the 2022 Genesis GV70 will hit U.S. and Canadian dealerships in 2021. It will compete with the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 and X4, the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe as well as the Acura RDX, the Volvo XC60 and the Infiniti QX50.

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