Genesis’ compact GV70 SUV looks ready to compete with the big boys

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Genesis has announced preliminary specs for its 2022 GV70, and it looks like the new compact SUV from Hyundai’s luxury brand is more than capable of competing with the big boys.

Built to take on the likes of the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M40i, Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, Porsche Macan S, and Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the GV70 has sporty good looks and more-than-capable performance—375 horsepower from its optional twin-turbo V-6. The second SUV from Genesis, following the larger GV80, the new GV70 will likely receive more than its share of applause as the South Korean automaker takes another step in its mission to build quality automobiles that consumers want, namely crossovers and SUVs.

Genesis calls the rear-wheel-drive GV70—based on the superb G70 sports sedan—an “athletic urban midsize SUV” (really?), but even after picking through the PR speak, there’s plenty of meat on the bone. Set to arrive in the U.S. in 2021, the GV70 offers the same engine options as its big brother, a 300-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four and the aforementioned twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6. Combined fuel efficiency (city/highway) is listed as 25.2 mpg for the four-cylinder and 20.2 for the six.

Exterior features include a coupe-like roofline that’s trimmed with chrome, plus squinty quad lights front and rear. The optional Sport package includes a three-dimensional dark chrome pattern on the grille, an exclusive bumper and wheels, and large, circular exhaust tips.

An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, along with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Custom. The Sport package receives a fifth driving mode called Sport Plus.

Genesis says the GV70’s interior—which it refers to as the “Beauty of White Space”—is inspired by Korean architecture. It features a slim air vent and thin chrome line along each door, as well as a reduced number of console buttons. The infotainment system is controlled via a touchscreen in the center console. A wide range of interior colors and materials are available.

Genesis GV70 interior

Technological features include driver assist, a blind-spot alert when changing lanes; fingerprint authentication, which will enable wireless payments; and a rear occupant warning, activated by a backseat passenger’s breathing, which is designed to prevent accidentally leaving a child in the car.

The GV70 features wrapped doors which, Genesis claims, prevent stains on passengers’ pants when getting in or out of the vehicle. Designers also built in a lower step height and wider foot access space to allow children to safely enter and exit the SUV. In addition, the GV70 has a dual-air filter system that reduces dust and bacteria in the cabin.

Genesis has not announced pricing or an exact date for the GV70’s arrival in the U.S.

Check out the automaker’s video announcement, which explains Genesis’ journey and its vision in creating the new luxury compact SUV:

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