Genesis believes the 2022 Genesis G70 Shooting Brake wagon could outsell its sedan counterpart in Europe – though the brand's local arm remains tight-lipped about its sales expectations in Australia.
Genesis Europe chief Dominique Boesch reportedly told Automotive News Europe in an interview that the brand predicts the new G70 Shooting Brake wagon will outsell the four-door sedan – though the GV70 SUV will be Genesis' best-seller overall on the continent.
"The body shape is the perfect demonstration of how committed we are to Europe," the executive told the publication at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, adding the wagon's sales performance "will reflect the structure of the market in Europe."
Regarding the sales prospects of the G70 wagon locally, a Genesis Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice: "We recognise the G70 Shooting Brake will not be sold in high volumes locally, but we believe there are potential customers for such a unique and good looking car.
"The initial public reaction to the design has been overwhelmingly positive, so let’s wait and see if this translates into sales for this distinctive SUV alternative."
Nine G70 sedans were reported as sold in Australia last month, with a total of 44 examples year-to-date – though it's worth noting June saw the launch of a facelifted model, destabilising sales.
Due to arrive in Australia by October 2021, the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake sees the G70 sedan's roofline extended for a 40 per cent increase in boot capacity, and a more practical shape that places the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon in its sights.
Australian government certification documents confirm what many had feared: the wagon will be available only with the smaller of the two engines available in the sedan, a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder developing 179kW and 353Nm.
The Australian-market sedan's available 274kW/510Nm 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 won't be offered in the wagon – nor will it be offered in the sedan in Europe, at least at launch.
Boesch ruled out hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the G70 family, despite stringent European emissions regulations and taxation systems – with the Korean luxury brand opting instead to cut straight to all-electric vehicles.
An electric version of the G80 large sedan will kick off the expansion – due in Australia in early 2022 – ahead of an electric version of the GV70 mid-size SUV, and a dedicated 'GV60' small-to-medium SUV, both due on sale in Europe in the first half of 2022.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice and Drive for all the latest on the 2022 Genesis G70 Shooting Brake as its Australian launch approaches in the coming months.