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2021 Genesis GV70 spied

Spy photographers have captured the upcoming Genesis GV70 crossover undergoing testing at the Nürburgring.
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Spy photographers have captured the first photos of the upcoming Genesis GV70 crossover undergoing testing at the Nürburgring.

Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis launched with three sedans, the G70, G80 and (in other markets) the G90. All are capable, elegant luxury sedans but they’re just that – sedans. To truly make an impact in the luxury market, the fledgling brand needs to develop crossovers. Fortunately, it’s doing just that.

In addition to the GV80, which we shared photos of earlier this year, Genesis is readying a rival to the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

It’ll wear the GV70 nameplate, owing to its positioning within the Genesis line-up and its use of the G70 sedan’s underpinnings. Expect, then, to see the G70’s powertrain line-up carried over.

That means a choice of turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 179kW and 353Nm or turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 with 272kW and 510Nm, both mated to an eight-speed automatic, are likely to feature.

Though all G70s sold in Australia are rear-wheel drive, there are all-wheel drive G70s (and G80s) available overseas. Given the GV70 is a crossover, expect it to lob here with all-wheel drive. Whether all-paw ability will be standard or an option here isn’t yet known.

Even more so than the GV80, the smaller GV70 has rather curvaceous styling that appears to blur the lines between the styling of traditional crossovers and coupe crossovers.

The rake of the D-pillars is almost reminiscent of the defunct Infiniti QX70 or the Porsche Macan, not bad designs with which to find parallels.

Genesis’s new design language – first introduced on the refreshed 2020 G90 – is evident at the front. That means a dramatic, diamond-patterned and shield-shaped grille. It appears to come to less of a defined point than the G90, however, instead resembling the G70’s subtler and more squared-off grille.

Like the G90, there are bisected headlights. Though the tester is missing its taillight assembly, the placement of camouflage suggests there'll be bisected taillights as well.

The GV70 is set to launch in 2021, approximately a year after the GV80.