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Bless Genesis for letting the manual transmission live on inside the 2021 G70!

According to Motor Trend the six-speed manual will only come with the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine.

The 2021 Genesis G70 sedan won't welcome the new GV80 crossover SUV's turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood, according to fuel-economy data supplied by the Environmental Protection Agency. Instead, the South Korean luxury brand's smallest sports sedan will once again rely on a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four as its base powertrain. The engine currently produces 252 horsepower in the 2020 G70, a sum we expect to carry over to the 2021 model.

While the 2.0-liter engine lacks the power and refinement of the G70's optional twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 engine, the little four-cylinder makes a performance case for itself by way of its available six-speed manual gearbox. Fortunately, the shift-it-yourself transmission lives to see another model year, per the EPA. Alas, we still anticipate most G70 buyers will continue to stick with the car's eight-speed automatic transmission.

Given the EPA has yet to report fuel-economy figures for the six-cylinder 2021 Genesis G70, it's possible the luxury brand will offer the car with the GV80's new, optional twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 within the next model year. Regardless, we expect both of the GV80's engines to eventually find their way into the G70, likely at the time of the sedan's mid-cycle refresh.

No doubt, we hold a special place in our hearts for our 2019 Car of the Year winner. Still, that doesn't mean the G70 is a flawless machine. In fact, a slightly less laggy four-cylinder engine might have helped the G70 take the top-spot from the Tesla Model 3 in one of our recent comparison tests. That said, we're just happy to see Genesis is keeping the manual gearbox alive in a segment that's all but abandoned the feature.

2021 Genesis G70 Manual Transmission

2021 Genesis G70 Manual Transmission
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