If you want to go up against established rivals, you have to offer more. Genesis understands that, its G70 outgunning similarly-priced Germans.
Sometime in the next couple of years, it’s planning to introduce a new entry-level engine that will further surpass those rivals’ base engines.
In that application, the 2.5-litre will produce at least 216kW and 420Nm, up 37kW and 67Nm from the current turbocharged 2.0-litre found in the G70.
The 2.5-litre appears to be the new Theta-III that'll also see duty in the Genesis GV80 crossover, where it'll produce 226kW.
According to the American magazine, the G70 will receive a mid-cycle facelift next year or in 2021. The 2.5-litre is expected to arrive at that point, sitting under the existing, twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6.
As in the Sonata N-Line, it will likely be paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
G70 2.0Ts are available in some markets – like the US – with a six-speed manual transmission but given the three-pedal option’s low take-rate (only 4 per cent of US sales to date), it could be given the heave-ho.
The G70 is one of a small group of cars in the mid-size luxury segment that both undercuts the German stalwarts and outguns them. Featuring almost identical outputs and also sliding under the $60,000 mark – below the C200 and 320i – are the 187kW/350Nm Volvo S60 T5 Momentum and 180kW/350Nm Lexus IS300 Luxury.
The real performance hero under $60,000, however, is the moribund Infiniti Q50 Pure with its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 delivering 224kW and 400Nm.