UPDATE: This camouflaged Genesis G70 has been spied once again, this time in Melbourne proper. This article has been updated to reflect these new details.
Nowhere in the world has Hyundai’s upcoming Genesis G70 sedan been spied in a more revealing state than the example shown here.
Parked up in the sleepy Victorian alpine town of Bright, 320 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, the new G70 was spied by CarAdvice readers John and Thomas.
But, while the G90 will not be built in right-hand drive and thus not offered in Australia, the Genesis G70 is understood to be locked in for our market.
Above: an earlier, less revealing look at the new G70
The vehicle shown here wears NSW plates and is clearly a left-hand drive car, meaning its Australian visit and a reduced camouflage covering is likely for global hot-weather testing – although a tour of Sydney this past week would have delivered far warmer weather than in Victoria.
Some days later, the same car was spied by CarAdvice reader Mark, heading out of town on Melbourne’s Tullamarine Freeway, this time revealing more of its rear than ever before.
The shape of the G70’s tail lamps can be made out in these new shots, as can the long sloping rear deck and integrated boot lip.
All of Hyundai’s Australian-delivered cars benefit from localised suspension tunes, and the G70 is unlikely to miss out.
As our earlier spy photos promised, Hyundai’s rival to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and Lexus IS – among others – will launch with a muscular look that emphasises its rear-wheel drive design.
Pumped guards at both ends and a bulbous bonnet design stand out as highlights of that strategy, and the variant shown here – judging by the large sports wheels and front bumper design – is likely a top-end sports model.
Above: a speculative rendering of how the new G70 might look
The latest iteration of Hyundai’s ‘cascading’ grille design can also be seen, reinforcing the company’s view that Genesis models should represent how far the Korean brand has come, rather than distancing the premium range from its volume-selling siblings.
Full details on the new G70 are still to come, but fans can likely expect the top model to draw power from the same 272kW 3.3-littre turbo V6 offered with the larger G80 and the new Kia Stinger sedan.
NSW vehicle registration data shows the sporting G70 variant shown here will have a tare (dry) weight of 1740kg, making it a few hundred kilograms heavier than the BMW 340i (1490kg), Jaguar XE S (1597kg) and Lexus IS 350 (1645kg), but matching the new Mercedes-AMG C43 (1739kg) and Audi S4 sedan (1735kg).
The G70 is expected to make its production debut in the weeks ahead, likely at a standalone event in Korea before bowing at the New York motor show in April. An Australian launch is expected to occur in the second half of 2017.
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