- The base RWD Genesis G70’s turbo will gain an extra 25% in displacement.
- Output will rise to 290-horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.
- The price might be the end of the manual transmission for the G70
And the pressures are more power and the fact that no one cares about manual transmissions anymore. Taking a step back from our #savethemanuals position for the auto industry, we can see how this will only help generate more interest in the Genesis G70, Hyundai’s luxury brand entry-level product.
The news broke after Hyundai accidentally told Car and Driver that the all-new Hyundai Sonata N-Line’s turbocharged 2.5-litre 4-cylinder will migrate into the G70 before long. At the moment, the base RWD 6-speed manual and AWD 8-speed automatic Genesis G70 is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder puts out 252-horsepower and 260 torques. The 2.5T brings the specs to 290 and 310 respectively.
More power is always a nice to have – we’ll rarely complain about that. What we’re trying to harp on is the possibility that, when the updated G70 arrives for 2021 or 2022, it will mark the end of the manual transmission for the car, and likely the brand. The Sonata N-Line’s 2.5T is exclusively mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox. In the US, the 6-speed manual G70 accounted for about 4% of all sales – not the most convincing statistic…
The 2.5T will be offered alongside the existing twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6.