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2018 Genesis G70 caught testing in the Blue Mountains

The 2018 Genesis G70 has been caught testing in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales undergoing local suspension tuning.

THE 2018 GENESIS G70 has been pounding the highways and byways of the Blue Mountains this week as Hyundai’s ride and development team work on local tuning of the BMW 3 Series rival. Practical Motoring spoke briefly with Hyundai Australia PR manager, Guido Schenken who confirmed the Genesis G70 was having its suspension honed on the roads around Katoomba, indeed PM spotted several G70s at a local workshop.

Like all Hyundai products, the Genesis G70 is being tuned to suit Australian roads and driver preferences. Last year, Practical Motoring spent time with the local ride and handling team while it tuned the Elantra SR for Australia.

The Genesis G70 is based on the same platform as the Kia Stinger but it will be shorter, narrower and lighter, according to Hyundai. It’ll run the same four-cylinder and 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engines and should throw out around the same power and torque, but being lighter it’ll likely be quicker. All variants will run an eight-speed automatic.

Hyundai is quoted as saying the G70 and the Stinger will move in different segments of the market. The Stinger will be targeting those who would have traditionally gone for a performance Falcon or Commodore, while the G70 will take on more expensive and luxurious performance sedans, but should come in with a lower price.

Local pricing and specification hasn’t been announced yet but the G70 is expected to go on-sale here before the end of the year.

Question: What do you think, are Hyundai and Kia about to become the dominant car brands filling gaps in segments that are being neglected by others?

  • Mr Majestyk

    If the G70 isn’t tens of thousands cheaper than the Euro rip-offs then they are kidding. Can’t be anymore than $60K IMO. Don’t forget the Euro trash pricing is almost extortion in Australia

  • Vins

    I bet their pricing will be close to the Lexus IS. To move things, I hope it is priced closer to the IS200t than the IS350. If they stick closer to IS350, then good luck to them.

    • Azmodan

      Well the i30N top spec model is $50K, so this doesn’t inspire confidence this won’t be over $70K, more in line with Infiniti’s lunatic pricing. Still wait 24 months and it’ll be 40% cheaper second hand.

      • Hi Azmodan, I didn’t realise that pricing had been released for the i30 N? Our mail is that pricing will be around Golf GTI Performance bucks, so just a little less than $50k while the top-spec is likely to undercut the Golf R or go slightly higher than it depending on the kit it gets locally. – Isaac

        • Azmodan

          Drive was claiming $50K or near Golf R money for the top spec model. Entry level is GTi pricing. If this is true, they’ve shot themselves in the foot IMO. Koreans rapidly losing the value status

          • Hi Azmodan, They’re only claiming that because that’s what we were told by Hyundai at the recent i30 launch. That said, when we were told “pricing” Hyundai said it wasn’t sure exactly where it should price the i30 N, above or below the Golf R (for the top spec). – Isaac

          • Mr Majestyk

            Fair enough, but do you really think they can charge Golf R money when it doesn’t even have awd or DCT option. I wouldn’t pay more than $39990 for the top spec model. To charge EUopean prices when you haven’t even established yourself as a performance brand is arrogant IMO.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.