New 2022 Genesis GV70 to take on the luxury compact SUV segment with 300-horsepower base engine
Interior design inspired by the larger GV80
Versatility is one of its strong suits
When Genesis reached out with an invite to get an in-person look at the new 2022 Genesis GV70, we didn’t debate very long if we should accept or not. Genesis has been on a roll and the GV70 is poised to become the startup (sort of) luxury brand’s most important model.
The Genesis GV80 is already the best-selling Genesis, and its the brand’s most expensive model. Compact SUVs being more popular, the GV70 should outsell the GV80 by a wide margin. More importantly, this is the model that could push Genesis to the same level as its established competitors such as Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and the like in the eyes of consumers. The brand has been hitting home runs with the GV80 and G80 sedan, both those two operate in fringe segments. The compact luxury SUV segment is where a luxury automaker makes its money.
The first thing you notice when you first see the Genesis GV70 in person, is that it is indeed as stunning live as it is in pictures. The design team at Genesis has nailed its visual signature and is understandably (and thankfully) applying it to every new vehicle it produces. That said, the GV70 isn’t just a smaller GV80, it has a distinctive design. On other hand, it won’t be mistaken for any other vehicle and like its bigger brother and G80 sedan, it should attract a lot of attention everywhere it goes.
Here’s what we learned about the 2022 Genesis GV70.
It will come in six versions (in Canada)
There are two different designs
The 2022 Genesis GV70 will come in two flavours if you will. The 2.5T models will have one design while the Sport models with the more powerful 3.5-litre twin-turbo engine will get a sportier overall look that is quite distinctive from the other versions. The huge rear rounded exhaust tips are your first clue, but the massive blacked out grill upfront also gives it away. We only saw pictures of the 2.5T models, but we wouldn’t need to think twice. The GV70 3.5T Sport is the best-looking SUV in this segment. That’s my humble opinion, anyway.
It will have more power than its rivals
We finally learned how much power the Genesis GV70 will have. Two engines were confirmed when the GV70 was introduced, the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and the 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6. Shared with the GV80 and G80, these engines will continue to deliver 300 horsepower and 375 horsepower respectively.
As you may have picked up, the 2.5-litre will power 2.5T models and the 3.5-litre will power 3.5T models, i.e. the Sport. The base GV70 will have more standard horsepower than the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Infiniti QX50, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, even the Porsche Macan.
The 3.5T engine, at 375 hp, isn’t quite as powerful as the high-performance versions of some of the models listed above like the BMW X3 M40i or Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 (382 hp and 385 hp. respectively), but it does trump the Audi SQ5 and the Porsche Macan S.
After experiencing both in the GV80 and finding even the base engine more than adequate, we can’t wait to see is how these engines perform in the smaller GV70.
The interior looks amazing
The Genesis GV70 is another example of interiors done right, like the GV80 and G80 before it. There will be a multitude of interior combinations for every version, and the Sport model we sat in had a really nice very dark blue and red finish with Alcantara-like/leather seats. The centre console and dashboard have a clean look and overall this interior is a show-stopper.
The large centre console and dashboard are slightly bulky however, so one does feel a bit cramped up front, but this may have just been because we were in a showroom and not outside.
It’s pretty spacious, especially in the back
Yes, the front felt a bit cramped, but there was plenty of head and shoulder room regardless. Same thing in the back where I had no difficulties fitting my 6-foot-1 frame in the back seat, even with the front seat placed where I would position it for driving. I though the slopping rear roof line would cause headroom issues, but not at all. Like in the GV80, you can recline the rear seat as well.
The cargo area has an impressive 819 litres of cargo space with all seats in place, and 1,600 litres with the rear seats down. The second number isn’t all that different from the GV70’s rivals, but the cargo area with all seats in place is one of the best in the segment.
It’s already quite popular
Genesis has been taking pre-sale orders and things have been going very well. From what Genesis tells us, there’s already a ton of demand for the Genesis GV70. Better yet, the company confirms that it has no shortage of parts or vehicles coming to North America, meaning that you should be able to get the 2022 Genesis GV70 in the configuration you want when you want it.
Genesis still has a tough road ahead. Getting consumers to buy into a new brand isn’t easy, especially a luxury brand. You really have to stand out and the 2022 Genesis GV70 certainly does. The fact that you don’t have to go anywhere and the brand comes to you is also a plus, although it is one you have to get used to.
The GV70 has to work for Genesis to become more than a fringe automaker, and at first glance it has all the tools it needs to be a success. The real and final test, however, will be on the road so stay tuned.