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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?


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Mr Majestyk
Mr Majestyk
3 years ago

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
Vins
3 years ago

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
Azmodan
3 years ago
Reply to  Vins

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.

PracticalMotoring
3 years ago
Reply to  Azmodan

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
Azmodan
3 years ago

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

PracticalMotoring
3 years ago
Reply to  Azmodan

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
Mr Majestyk
3 years ago

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.

Gordy
Gordy
2 years ago

Seeing the pricing of the Kia Stinger which MO is too high an introduction, the G70 needs to be more realistic and as the brand establishes itself then slowly spiral upwards in price. If the price is not right (no pun intended) then the badge snobs will stick with their BMW, Audi and MBs instead of moving across to Genesis. Stinger lost me price wise and would hate the G70 to be unattainable.

Ben Tate
Ben Tate
2 years ago

Yes the G70 has to be priced close to the Stinger.

For a start we know it’s running the same mechanicals as the Stinger.

Secondly the target audience (enthusiasts who have lost access to XR8s and SSVs) focus pretty much on performance specs (and we’re told the G70 and Stinger are pretty much the same). Using Genesis badges instead of Hyundai badges wont convince me to shift my focus away from Stinger to a heaps more expensive G70. I want a grunty RWD and both offer that and the Stinger has more fruit than I need.

Thirdly the BMW 140i is circa $60k. That’s a German car not a Korean car. Yes it might be smaller but when the focus is grunty RWD the 140i is on the shortlist. I think Hyundai needs to consider 140i prices when pricing the G70.

If the G70 is a similar price to the Stinger (and my focus is on the $55k mid spec Stinger I might consider the G70. A lighter gruntier car suits me fine.

I wish Holden had jumped into bed with Kia and rebadged tge Stinger as an SSV. Kia has a V8. Maybe they could have fitted an atmo V8 to offer Korean V6TT and V8 atmo SSVs?

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober