Just as Genesis' first SUV, the GV80, gets set to make its commercial debut, its smaller sibling got its unveiling today. Hyundai's luxury brand has just unveiled the next utility model to join the family: the 2022 Genesis GV70.
Considering its more compact size, odds are that this new SUV could quickly become the brand’s top-selling model. At the same time, the GV70 will have its work cut out for it, as it will compete head on with heavyweights like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.
No decision has been made regarding its debut date, but expect to see the GV70 in dealerships in the second half of 2021. Remember that Genesis Canada announced this summer that the brand plans to introduce at least two new models annually over the next three years. The GV70 is the first of them.
At first glance, the model is truly spectacular. It bears the same stylistic traits seen on the company’s other new models and the design signature, it must be said, pretty beguiling. The headlights and lights are similar to those of the G80 and GV80. The GV70 should also use the same platform as the G70, which means that the same engine and mechanical configurations can be expected.
Inside, the presentation is welcoming and plush, and of particular note is the inclusion of many oval shapes, which creates a remarkable visual environment. We love it. A huge multimedia screen is mounted on the dashboard and its menus are accessible via a thumbwheel located on the centre console. The GV70 will be limited to five seats, leaving the seven-seat format exclusively to the new GV80. It will be available in Canada in base version as well as with the optional Sport Package, and buyers can choose from three new colours: Mauna Red, Barossa Burgundy Metallic, and Barossa Burgundy Matte.
The first photos released show a regular version of the GV70 dressed in brown and in silver, as well as a red Sport model with different wheels and exterior and interior trim.Powertrain choices include a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder good for about 300 hp in the base version, while the Sport variant will benefit from the company's 3.5L twin-turbo V6 that delivers around 375 hp. There will be four drive modes including Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Custom for dynamic driving in various road conditions. The Sport Package is also equipped with an additional Sport Plus mode. In Canada, all-wheel drive comes standard on all versions.
The 2022 GV70 will come with a wide range of safety features, no surprise there. Among them are Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist and Driver Attention Warning. All-new technologies featured in the GV70 include a fingerprint authentication system as well as Advanced ROA (Rear Occupant Alert) based on radar sensors.
Of course, we'll have more information on model specifications and pricing for the versions that will be offered here in the coming months. We can expect the model to take on the German kings of the category head-on, starting with an aggressive price range.