Genesis G70 Officially Losing Stick Option

Genesis is getting ready to refresh its G70 sedan, and we expected the usual upgrades – revised styling, minor interior changes, and maybe a few changes to the powertrain. The luxury automaker had previously said that the manual gearbox would continue to live on until the 2021 model year, but that no longer appears to be the case. A new report from CarBuzz, citing an upcoming ABC News piece, says the manual gearbox is dead for the model.

According to the post, a Genesis spokesperson confirmed the news to ABC, and while it’s not a surprising decision, it remains a disappointment for enthusiasts. The G70 was one of the last luxury sedans to offer such an option. Neither Mercedes nor BMW offer one in their C-Class and 3-Series models respectively, so seeing the G70 abandoning the option hurts.

Manual transmissions have disappeared from various makes and models for years, as automatic transmissions improve shift response and fuel efficiency. Fewer and fewer people wanted one, and while the G70 offered a stick, less than five percent of buyers opted for one. Genesis currently offers the manual with its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill. The gearbox cannot handle the extra torque of the larger twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 which is also available in the sedan.

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The loss of the manual gearbox corresponds to early reports of replacing the G70’s 2.0-liter mill with a larger 2.5-liter; however, there is a gap between the engine offered by Genesis. It could offer both depending on the market. Either way, it won’t have a single feature that helped it stand out: a manual gearbox.

Genesis is expected to unveil the refurbished G70 next year for the Korean market before it arrives in the United States. It probably won’t go on sale in the US until 2022. It is expected to feature the brand’s latest design features, like the reworked grille, new lighting elements, and other visual changes.

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