The entry-level Genesis G70 is set to get a shot in the arm with a new, more powerful base engine.
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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.

Car & Driver reports the G70 range will open with the same turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder which will power the upcoming 2020 Hyundai Sonata N-Line.

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.

Should those outputs remain the same in the G70, the G70 2.5T will not only leapfrog rivals like the BMW 320i and Mercedes-Benz C200, it’ll shade the even more expensive 330i and C300.

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.