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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?

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.