The G70, which will spearhead the Australian launch of Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, takes on the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It’s based on the same platform and architecture as the Kia Stinger, with which it shares 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 engines.
According to Hyundai Australia public relations manager, Guido Schenken, the G70 will not only be positioned differently than the Stinger – considering its luxury buyer target market - but also outdo it on performance.
“For us, the G70 and Stinger represent different design philosophies and positions in the market,” Schenken told CarAdvice.
“The Stinger is a five-door touring sedan with a hatch, while the G70 is a pure sports sedan.
"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].”
The 0-100km/h figures for the Stinger recently revealed an acceleration time of 4.9 seconds, which would suggest the G70 would manage 4.8 seconds or better - depending on the engine tune applied to the car, which to date remains unconfirmed.
For its Kia application, the Stinger’s 3.3-litre V6 has 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque while the 2.0-litre four-cylinder pumps out 190kW and 353Nm with an unconfirmed 0-100km/h time.
Both models send power to the rear wheels only, via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Schenken said there is no official confirmation on whether the G70 will be offered with a manual transmission or a specific and higher state of tune for its two engine choices than the Stinger.
“It’s too early to discuss pricing and specification at this stage but I can say that it will offer value for the specification and price.”
Above: a speculative rendering of the upcoming G70
CarAdvice had the first picture of the G70 undergoing testing in Australia earlier this year, with the final version set for release towards the end of 2017.
Before that happens, though, Hyundai engineers will tune the G70’s suspension in Australia for local conditions.
“Australian suspension tuning starts in the next couple of months and the vehicle has already been hot weather testing in Australia in the early part of 2017.”
Given the Kia Stinger pricing is likely to see the car positioned between $45-55,000, we suspect the Genesis G70 will step that up ever so slightly while remaining competitive and likely more affordable than its European and Japanese luxury competitors.