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The upcoming 2018 Genesis G70 sedan has been spied again this week during development testing near a very hot Dubai.

Snapped by our very own Paul Maric, the vehicles in the images appear to be two variants of the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival – just take a look at the different tailpipes protruding out of the rear bumper of each vehicle.

The vehicles were spied driving up and down Jabal Jais, which is the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates. The 42 degree weather also meant the spirited drive included a dose of heat testing.

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It appears the Korean manufacturer is benchmarking the BMW 3 Series, likely for ride and handling characteristics, judging by the presence of the Bavarian sedan in some of the images.

Both versions of the G70 remain heavily disguised, including a fake boot lip spoiler and partially-concealed headlight clusters.

However, the overall shape is discernible despite the swirly black-and-white camouflage, with the rear of the G70 looking very much like the current C-Class. One vehicle also sported red brake callipers, indicating that it could be an ‘N’ tuned vehicle,.

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Up front, a version of parent company Hyundai’s ‘cascading’ grille will feature, stuck on an aggressive nose.

A first look at the G70’s interior (above) shows that Genesis’s smallest sedan will continue the trend of a ‘floating’ infotainment display, much like the German marques along with in-house models like the new Hyundai i30 and upcoming Kia Stinger – the latter sharing much of its underpinnings with the G70.

Below the tablet-style display, it appears the G70 will employ a simplistic centre console design with a limited amount of buttons, with the exception of three rotary dials towards the bottom which will likely be climate controls.

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The two vehicles in the images also appear to have panoramic glass sunroofs.

The Genesis G70 is understood to be on track for an Australian launch towards the end of 2017, though the car is still to be revealed to the public.

It’s already known the Korean luxury sedan will have a lot in common with the upcoming Kia Stinger liftback – which arrives locally in September – including the availability of the 272kW/510Nm 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6.

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A smaller 2.0-litre turbo four-pot shared with the Stinger and smaller Optima is expected to power more affordable grades, producing around 190kW and 353Nm.

The G70 will have such a dynamic focus, in fact, that Hyundai Australia has gone as far to say the small Genesis will be faster and more dynamically capable than the Stinger, despite the more premium market positioning.

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“The Stinger is a five-door touring sedan with a hatch, while the G70 is a pure sports sedan,” said Guido Schenken, public relations manager for Hyundai’s local arm.

“In terms of size, the G70 is shorter, narrower and lighter and also has a shorter wheelbase – hence, it’s reasonable to assume it will offer better performance [than Stinger].”

While pricing and specification are still be revealed, along with the car itself, it’s expected the G70 will start from the low- to mid-$50,000 bracket, slightly above the Stinger and below its established German and Japanese premium rivals.

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Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates in the coming months.

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