Hot on the heels of the introduction of the Genesis GV80 SUV to Australia the Korean company has announced that it will bring its smaller brother, the GV70 SUV here in July.

It will be offered with petrol and diesel turbocharged engines, all with an eight-speed automatic and either rear- or all-wheel drive.

We are told that the GV70’s interior, “Is inspired by the Korean Beauty of White Space architectural philosophy, which carefully balances function and tranquility to create an open, uncluttered cabin with a sporty, driver-focused instrument layout.”

Sound interesting but as yet we haven’t been able to sit in one. We will do so as soon as we get into a road test vehicle.

The Genesis GV70 2.5T is powered by a 224kW / 422Nm 2.5-litre turbo-petrol engine driving the rear wheels. The GV70 2.5T AWD also has this engine, but drives through as an electronically controlled Genesis AWD system.

The Genesis GV70 2.2D AWD uses a 154kW, 440Nm all-alloy 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine, also with electronically controlled AWD.

The flagship Genesis GV70 3.5T AWD Sport has a 279kW / 530Nm twin-turbo 3.5-litre petrol V6 with electronically controlled Genesis AWD. This is the only model with the electro-mechanical limited slip differential on the rear axle.

Every Genesis GV70 has a panorama sunroof, adjustable ambient lighting, an acoustic laminated windshield and front door glass, genuine leather-appointed seats and stitched leather-appointed dashboard and door trims.

There are 12-way power adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation, reclining rear seats, remote start via Smart Key, a power operated tailgate with hands-free opening, and sunshades for the rear-door windows.

Infotainment features include a 14.5-inch HD touch screen display, navigation with Augmented Reality view function and live traffic updates, integrated controller with handwriting recognition, and DAB+ radio.

They have Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto compatibility.

Entertainment is offered by a nine-speaker Genesis audio system. There is wireless (Qi standard) smartphone charging.

New Genesis GV70 has optional Sport Line and Luxury Packages.

19-inch Sport Line alloy wheels, a sport brake package, large caliber dual exhaust finishers, and a Sport+ drive mode.

Visually it has Sport front and rear bumpers, gloss black sport radiator grille, front skid plate and roof rails, and dark chrome radiator grille surround and window frame trims.

There are Nappa leather and suede appointed sport seats, suede headlining and pillars, a sport steering wheel, sport alloy pedals, sport aluminium trim, and sport gauges for oil temperature, torque and turbo boost.

Additional Genesis Active Safety Control technologies, including Forward Attention Warning and Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist-Rear systems.

Intelligent Front-Lighting System, rear privacy glass and, for 3.5T AWD Sport or Sport Line Package versions, 21-inch alloy wheels.

The cabin is enriched with Nappa Leather appointed seats and a suede headlining and pillars, a quilted seat pattern and 3D effect backlit trim.

The first-ever Genesis GV70 can be painted in 11 exterior colours (eight gloss and three matte), eight interior colours and four interior trim inserts.

“We are delighted to announce the introduction of the brand new GV70, as our second Genesis SUV in Australia,” Genesis Motors Australia CEO, Jun Heo said.

“The first-ever GV70 applies the Genesis Athletic Elegance design philosophy to the medium SUV while showcasing an array of advanced safety and technology, all to deliver unprecedented luxury,” he said.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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