Genesis is already working on a G70-based SUV

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2019 Genesis G70
2019 Genesis G70 | Photo: Genesis

In an interview, Erwin Raphael, Genesis president and CEO, mentioned that the brand is currently working on a G70-based SUV.

The American website Motor1 learned in a conference call with Genesis president and CEO Erwin Raphael that the brand’s engineers were already at work on the second crossover planned after the GV80 which should appear in about a year.

This second utility vehicle, smaller than the GV80, will be based on the G70 sedan platform and be scheduled for the official unveiling in late 2020 or early 2021. While it is clear that the first Genesis utility vehicle, the GV80, will take over the same powertrains as the G80 sedan, it seems obvious that it will be the same strategy for this other SUV.

The GV80 is expected to be available with the 3.8-litre V6, the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 and maybe even the 5.0-litre V8, although the latter could be abandoned by senior management of the Korean brand. Big engines are not so popular nowadays.

So, we can expect to see the 2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder engine of the G70 sedan as standard, while the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 could be offered on the higher-end liveries of this future compact crossover. The eight-speed automatic transmission may also end up in this utility model, with the manual gearbox probably already out of the equation … for obvious reasons!

Another model could come according to the projections announced earlier this year. Genesis had promised that by 2021, the brand would rely on six models. The lineup already consists of the G70, G80 and G90, and the confirmation of this other smaller-than-the-GV80 crossover would boost the number of models to five. A sixth and last model to add to this range would then remain.

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