Compared to almost every other global car maker in the 21st century, Genesis has done things backwards. SUVs have been steadily advancing in the automotive food chain since the 1990s, but the segment has really accelerated over the past 10 years. However, when Genesis became a standalone brand in 2015, its first offering was a sleek sedan – and the lineup stayed sedan exclusive until early this year, when the GV80 was finally launched.
The vehicle here may look like a GV80, but it’s actually the next GV70. Or rather, this is what the GV70 might look like, based on a series of official teaser photos recently released by Genesis. AtchaCars on YouTube took these photos and ran them, creating unofficial renderings for the front, side and rear of the compact crossover. Plus, the GV70 comes in just about every color imaginable you could have on a vehicle, including gold. All things considered, we would go for one of the shades of blue.
Perhaps that’s because the G80 and GV80 have caught our eye before with their dual-stripe headlights in a bright blue exterior. The GV70 certainly looks like both the larger sedan and the SUV up front, although the GV70 obviously offers a smaller greenhouse for its occupants. Compared to the GV80, the roofline also has a sharper slope for a more coupe-like appearance. Yes, Genesis is late on the SUV scene, but there’s no denying that the company is making a rather dramatic entrance with its bold styling.
Under the skin, the GV70 will boast a rear-wheel drive architecture with available all-wheel drive. Engine details are not yet confirmed, but we expect to see 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter turbocharged options with diesel engines available outside the US market. The interior of the GV70 could mimic the upcoming refresh of the G70 sedan, which would fill the SUV with digital displays, including a 10.25-inch infotainment screen mounted atop the dashboard.
Expect the GV70 to be revealed at the end of this year. It is expected to hit the market in 2021, although in the US it could be touted as a 2022 model.