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Attracting some of the BMW 3-Series crowd as Hyundai set out to do from the start brings on high expectations. As Genesis became an official brand, the C2 platform was formed, originally under the G80 and now on the G70 and Kia Stinger. Its a light, rigid and safe platform with BMW influence thanks to an ex-BMW executive that now heads Hyundai's Vehicle Performance Division. In the G70 this translates into a vehicle with great handling dynamics that shines on spirited drives. If rumors are true, an N-Performance model won't happen as Genesis continues to establish itself.

“The foundation for any kind of car that performs well dynamically is an incredibly rigid platform,” said Albert Biermann, President and Head of Vehicle Performance Division of Hyundai Motor Group. “That translates not only to performance, but how it feels down the road as well as safety achievement levels.”

The synthesis of iconic elements of the Genesis design ethos, Athletic Elegance, contribute further to a sleek, aerodynamic design. G70 has the lowest overall height and widest overall stance in the segment providing exceptional dynamic performance from the resulting low center of gravity. The kinetic form language of G70 was engineered to return a sleek 0.28 Cd, allowing G70 to slip through the air. When fitted with aggressive 19-inch wheels and Michelin® Pilot Sport 4 summer tires, G70 returns 0.29 Cd.

Through the extensive application of hot-stamped parts and reinforced connecting structures, G70 has among the strongest body structures in its segment. Strategic use of lightweight aluminum for the hood and strut tower reinforcement bars helped the G70 lower its center of gravity. An integrated frame reduces the number of physical parts needed to strengthen G70.

Fundamentally, the robust, reinforced structure is part of an effort to provide class-leading occupant safety, just like other Genesis models. The additional benefit of such a rigid body structure is the ability to finely tune the suspension for both excellent ride quality as well as superb handling dynamics.

“We used high-strength steel, aerospace-grade adhesives and strategic lightening with aluminum to create the ideal balance of stiffness, light weight and competitiveness,” Biermann said. “The proof is in how G70 handles on a spirited drive, whether that’s early on a Sunday morning on a hilly, country road or on a daily commute to the office.”
Source: Genesis USA
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Powertrains

While N Performance performance versions won't happen, helping to draw in more customers is an optional manual transmission on the G70S that allows for a slight bump in performance on paper. Its a combination that's slowly fading away as the industry phases out manuals and one of the best ways to enjoy those spirited drives. Complementing the high 300-hp range 3.3 TT GDI V6 and mid 200-hp 2.0L T-GDI I4 is a 4.5 second 0-60 time in the 3.3L, limited-slip differential, all-wheel-drive, a unique sport exhaust and attractive Brembo brakes.

No matter the driving situation, G70 raises the bar for the luxury sport sedan segment, with a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds (3.3T RWD, using Launch Control) and a mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD), standard on 3.3T RWD and optional on 2.0T RWD. A multi-plate mechanical LSD is utilized in the G70 to enable a) higher torque capacity, b) better handling control, and c) lower noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) than other types of LSD. The G70s combination of mechanical LSD with available all-wheel drive (AWD) is unique and provides sharper handling performance than competitive vehicles in the segment.

G70 is available with either an up-level 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged gasoline direct-injected V6 engine or a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct-injected 4-cylinder engine.

Key features of the 3.3L TT-GDI V6 engine include:
  • Most horsepower in the segment with 365 HP and 376 lb. ft. of torque
  • Single scroll twin turbo system to improve responsiveness and power
  • Mid Position Lock (MPL) Continuously Variable Valve Train (CVVT) for fast response and improved fuel efficiency
  • Dual-stage variable oil pump for improved fuel efficiency
  • Integrated exhaust manifold cylinder head to reduce warmup time and improve fuel efficiency
Key features of the 2.0L T-GDI I4 engine include:
  • 252 HP (255 HP with manual transmission) and 260 lb. ft. of torque
  • Reduced turbo turbine wheel size to hasten spool-up and improve low-end torque
  • Motor-driven intake variable valve timing system to optimize power and efficiency
  • 2-stage relief oil pump to improve power and efficiency
  • Balance shaft module to reduce engine vibration
The standard, 8-speed automatic transmission offers rev-matching technology and gear-holding technology for tight corners. As an increasingly rare treat these days, a 6-speed manual transmission is available as an option on the 2.0L T 4-cylinder engines equipped with RWD. Manual transmission equipped G70s are offered in a comprehensive performance package that includes a more powerful engine with unique sport exhaust, high-performance Brembo brakes with enhanced performance pads and additional weight reduction measures.
Source: Genesis USA
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Control

Putting down all that power and helping to make the most of the C2 platform in this competitive segment are essential features any real enthusiast will appreciate. As per C2 spec, RWD comes standard with both powertrains with optional AWD that puts you close to $50k USD in the 3.3L model. To further enhance performance you'll find a mechanical LSD, Launch Control, a precise feeling R-MDPS power steering setup and Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control (DTVC). Owners looking for more should opt for the electronically controlled sport suspension and high performance Brembo brakes.

With either engine, G70 is available with standard RWD or optional AWD, which actively distributes optimal traction forces between the rear and front wheels dependent upon the current driving circumstances and drive modes selected.

In addition to the aforementioned available mechanical LSD, other dynamic performance-enhancing systems include:
  • Launch Control to optimize torque and minimize wheel slip, thereby reducing acceleration times
  • Rack-mounted, motor-driven power steering (R-MDPS) to provide more precise steering feel
  • Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control (DTVC) which vastly improves the G70s corner exit performance
To reduce unsprung mass, G70 has insertion-type MacPherson struts in front for the connective structure that increases stiffness, compared to a conventional design. In the rear is an independent, multi-link suspension that balances driving stability and performance. An optional, electronically controlled sport suspension optimizes ride comfort in real time and a high performance Brembo braking system is available which delivers superior braking capability and fade resistance.
Source: Genesis USA
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A Tailored Experience

Inside and out, it's hard to notice how opulent and sporty the G70 is compared to every Genesis model before it and even among its segment. According to Genesis, unique design and outstanding craftsmanship are key differentiators here accomplished by including: distinctive linear LED DRLs and quad tail lights, genuine interior materials for maximum comfort, aluminum interior trim, and overall a well executed "Athletic Elegance" design theme.

“The bar is set higher-than-ever in the luxury segment for vehicle quality and performance, making unique design and outstanding craftsmanship key differentiators in this industry,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President and Global Head of the Genesis Brand.

Athletic elegance is represented in the exterior styling, as the car captures both beauty and tension, like an athlete poised to perform.

Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President and Head of Genesis Design, said, “At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication and talent from our designers. We modulated all parameters from the Genesis DNA to tailor a sports sedan. The G70 is designed to captivate all the senses with tensioned muscular volumes.”
Two distinctive linear LED DRLs on each side of the large crest grille are evocative of recent Genesis concept vehicles.

In the rear, the LED combination lamps continue the quad lamp theme, while the raised trunk lid and compact bumper designs give the G70 a poised character. The rear lamps, evolved from the G80, have been stretched to the end of the rear to convey a wide and dynamic stance.
“When designing the cabin of G70, we focused on delivering maximum comfort, using a variety of genuine materials, and fit and finish,” said Donckerwolke. “These are the enhanced details that contribute a feeling of opulence to the overall interior feel.”

Soft-touch, high-quality materials line the cabin of G70. Genuine stitching adorns the top of the dashboard, and is woven along the edge of the front console. Optional, authentic aluminum is applied liberally throughout the interior as trim for the doors and console, as well as to the pedals. The shift lever is wrapped in leather while the three-spoke steering wheel features standard perforated leather. An available Dinamica microfiber headliner, finished in either black or gray, adds a touch of serenity to the cabin.
“It was important to create harmony between the exterior and interior design that corresponds to the characteristics and logically reflects the Athletic Elegance design theme of the vehicle,” said Bozhena Lalova, Head of Genesis Color and Trim. “The quilted patterns throughout the interior, which were inspired by bespoke fashion and furniture, exceed expectations for individuality and brand identity.”
Source: Genesis USA
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Safety

Already the C2 platform offers a high degree of safety and confidence behind the wheel but no vehicle launched today is complete without active and passive safety systems. Like the G80, G90, these systems come standard. They include: Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC), Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA), Low Beam Assist-dynamic (LBA-D) and High Beam Assist (HBA).

The 2019 Genesis G70 is engineered to put drivers first offering customers the same, industry-leading levels of safety, customer service and technological advancements found across the Genesis lineup. G70 is the third Genesis model in a lineup consistently recognized for excellence in quality and the ownership experience.
Like all Genesis vehicles, the G70 offers an unparalleled level of standard active- and passive-safety equipment, surpassing the competition. These include advanced driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Driver Attention Warning. The G70 was designed to meet the highest safety standards, just like the G80 and G90 sedans.
Source: Genesis USA
 

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Soon a new Genesis G80 will be here and already it seems to be taking a drastically different styling approach. I hope it won't be so different that the G70 looks dated.
 
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