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PostHeaderIcon Genesis Wants a Piece of The SUV Pie and the First Model Could Arrive by 2020

The Genesis brand has finally confirmed its plans to enter the crossover and SUV market, beginning with its first SUV offering, the GV80. Named directly after the concept version that the company unveiled last year, the GV80 will usher in a lineup of crossovers exclusively developed and sold under Hyundai’s premium brand. In addition to the GV80, a smaller crossover, called the GV70, will also arrive at a later date.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis Wants a Piece of The SUV Pie and the First Model Could Arrive by 2020

The Genesis brand has finally confirmed its plans to enter the crossover and SUV market, beginning with its first SUV offering, the GV80. Named directly after the concept version that the company unveiled last year, the GV80 will usher in a lineup of crossovers exclusively developed and sold under Hyundai’s premium brand. In addition to the GV80, a smaller crossover, called the GV70, will also arrive at a later date.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis G80

Two years after introducing the Genesis G80, a revised and upgraded version of the luxury sedan has been caught testing in Germany. Even with the heavy camouflage, it’s clear that the new G80 is bigger and more identifiable than its predecessor. Genesis will unveil the G80 in 2019, with a market launch scheduled around the last part of the same year.

PostHeaderIcon Watch Out World – the 2018 Genesis Essentia Concept Will Head Intro Production

Genesis is pushing forward with plans to launch a production version of the Genesis Essentia Concept. The revelation was made by Genesis North America Executive Director Erwin Raphael, who told Motor Trend that the automaker has every intention to build the sports car as a special edition model. There’s no timetable on when the production model will arrive, but Genesis Global Brand Chief Manfred Fitzgerald hinted that it could be in production by 2021 or 2022.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis Sports Car

Less than three years old as of 2018, Genesis Motors is already making headlines. Split from the Hyundai Genesis nameplate, the Korean luxury division already offers three sedans, and it’s working on a couple of SUVs too. More recently though, we got confirmation that Genesis also wants to build a sports car. The two-door coupe could be based on the Essentia concept car.

Word of Genesis’ plans to develop a sports car got out in January 2018, when Hyundai design vice president Luc Donkerwolke told Wheels Magazine that “we are definitely doing it. We are not going autonomous for all of our cars.” In addition, the brand’s head of R&D, Woong-chul Yang, confirmed that Genesis wants a sports car and that its development will be handled by Hyundai’s N performance division. Not much is known about it at this point, but we created a rendering of the car, and we will discuss what we already know about this project in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about Genesis’ upcoming sports car.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis Sports Car

Less than three years old as of 2018, Genesis Motors is already making headlines. Split from the Hyundai Genesis nameplate, the Korean luxury division already offers three sedans, and it’s working on a couple of SUVs too. More recently though, we got confirmation that Genesis also wants to build a sports car. The two-door coupe could be based on the Essentia concept car.

Word of Genesis’ plans to develop a sports car got out in January 2018, when Hyundai design vice president Luc Donkerwolke told Wheels Magazine that “we are definitely doing it. We are not going autonomous for all of our cars.” In addition, the brand’s head of R&D, Woong-chul Yang, confirmed that Genesis wants a sports car and that its development will be handled by Hyundai’s N performance division. Not much is known about it at this point, but we created a rendering of the car, and we will discuss what we already know about this project in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about Genesis’ upcoming sports car.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate – Driven

Genesis has wowed a lot of folks with its full-size luxury sedan, the G90 — including me.

Competing in the space occupied by titans of the industry such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series can’t be easy. Buyers in this segment can be very demanding. They want space, power, and luxury appointments. I’m here to tell you the G90 delivers on all those, and does so at a much cheaper price point than its European rivals.

The last review I did of a Genesis product was the G80 Sport. In that review, I said Genesis is where Lexus was 30 years ago: the scrappy underdog offering a compelling package for a value price. The G90 was its opening shot across the bow of the establishment — including Lexus. All of them should be paying attention.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate – Driven

Genesis has wowed a lot of folks with its full-size luxury sedan, the G90 — including me.

Competing in the space occupied by titans of the industry such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series can’t be easy. Buyers in this segment can be very demanding. They want space, power, and luxury appointments. I’m here to tell you the G90 delivers on all those, and does so at a much cheaper price point than its European rivals.

The last review I did of a Genesis product was the G80 Sport. In that review, I said Genesis is where Lexus was 30 years ago: the scrappy underdog offering a compelling package for a value price. The G90 was its opening shot across the bow of the establishment — including Lexus. All of them should be paying attention.

PostHeaderIcon All Hyundai Dealerships Will Be Eligible to Sell Genesis Vehicles After All

Hyundai’s standalone luxury brand, Genesis, won’t be completely on its own when it launches its new dealership network in the next few years. Recent developments point to a U-turn when it comes to the automaker’s stance on current Hyundai dealers selling and servicing Genesis models in the near future.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon The all-new 2019 Genesis G70 arrives ’manual’ly

Lately, automotive companies have deprived us the opportunity of driving luxury vehicles with manual transmission. However, Hyundai’s premium marque, Genesis, is doing its bit to save the ’tradition.’ The 2019 Genesis G70 debuts in the U.S. and it will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission to quench the thirst of the three-pedal enthusiasts.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis Essentia Concept

There’s no denying that Hyundai has made huge steps in the way of shedding its econobox past and when turned the Genesis name into a standalone brand, it was finally able to compete with the big boys. Now, Genesis is looking even further into the future with the Essentia Concept and boy does it put some of the vision concepts we’ve seen from other big brands to shame. It’s got the right proportions, all the luxury you would need, and there are even butterfly doors in the mix. Genesis hasn’t disclosed much in the way of performance specs, but it does promise a 60-mph sprint of just 3.0-seconds, putting it deep into supercar territory. Even more interesting is the fact that Genesis Boss, Manfred Fitzgerald, is pushing for this thing to go into production. What a time to be alive, huh?

PostHeaderIcon If Genesis Boss Has His Way, the Essentia Concept Will Make it to Production

When Genesis pulled the covers off of the Essentia Concept, it was received very well – so much so that it was covered to death by every outlet under the sun. Of course, the big problem was that it’s just too conceptual to ever go into production, or at least that’s what everyone thought. As it turns out, Genesis boss, Manfred Fitzgerald, is actually pushing for it and even admitted that its debut at the New York Auto Show is being used to “test the waters.”

PostHeaderIcon The Genesis G70 Thrives Where The Kia K900 Struggles

The new Kia K900 caused a divide here at Top Speed headquarters. Some of us liked the way it looked, but some of us were less thrilled about.
By contrast, everyone agreed that the Genesis G70 was designed like a proper luxury sedan. There lies the (perceived) divide between the two saloons. When it comes to all-around design, the G70 takes the cake over the K900.

PostHeaderIcon The Genesis Essentia Concept is Great and All, but Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Genesis pulled the sheets off of the Essentia electric concept car at the 2018 New York Auto Show. As you might expect, the Essentia was in its own element as one of the few concept cars to make it to the Big Apple. It was in attendance to showcase what a future, Genesis-badged electric car could be in the future. Just don’t get too excited about seeing a production version of the Essentia. It’s probably not happening, though the technology it comes with could evolve into something that Hyundai’s luxury brand can use down the road.

PostHeaderIcon The Genesis G70 Sedan Finally Made it to the U.S., and it Puts the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class in Check

Genesis launched the G70 in Seoul back in September of 2017, and we’ve been waiting for it to cross the pond so that the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class would have some real competition. Outside of the exterior styling and lush interior, the U.S.-bound G70 comes with the same powertrain options as well – a 2.0-liter that’s good for 252 horsepower or a 365-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6. Like its German competition, rear-wheel drive is the standard configuration while the right option box will get you AWD. There’s even the possibility of a six-speed manual if you get the right model.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis To Get Its Own U.S. Dealership Network

Genesis is looking to separate itself from parent company Hyundai by establishing its own dealership network in the U.S. The move is seen as a way for Genesis to create its own luxury identity, something that it could struggle doing if it remains in the shadow of Hyundai. The Korean luxury brand is putting together a multi-year business roadmap that will create as many as 100 retailers all over the country, covering all of the company’s important luxury markets. In the meantime, the new network will conduct its business in temporary stores or shared facilities.


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“The Korean luxury brand is putting together a multi-year business roadmap that will create as many as 100 retailers all over the country”

If you’ve been following Genesis’ exploits, you know that this was coming. Hyundai’s new luxury brand can’t rely on the parent company if it wants to become a force in the luxury car segment. There’s a significant difference in demographic between the two brands that could be disadvantageous for Genesis. It’s why Lexus, Infiniti, and Acura have their own networks. Genesis needs to do the same if it wants to make the same impact as its rivals.

At Genesis, we believe in putting our customers first and giving them a proper ownership experience,” said Erwin Raphael, General Manager of Genesis Motor America said in a statement. “To ensure that happens, we need to take this next step in the separation of the Genesis brand from our parent company.”

Part of the need of having its own dealership network means that Genesis can cater its consumer experience to fit its specific market. Luxury brands are more geared to offer upscale amenities to its consumers. Lincoln, for example, has a concierge service that can assist with roadside assistance. Other luxury automakers offer something similar, to go with pick-up and delivery options for vehicle services.


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“Part of the need of having its own dealership network means that Genesis can cater its consumer experience to fit its specific market”

Genesis needs to offer something similar because its potential customers expect to get treated the same way. These retail networks will go a long way in helping the company gain the kind of luxury status it needs to compete in its segment. It’s important to do it soon, too, because the Genesis brand is growing. Last year, the automaker sold 20,584 units of the G80, G80 Sport, and G90. With the arrival of other models like the G70, Genesis will need to grow out of its Hyundai bubble and become the luxury brand it’s meant to be.

“Establishing a right-sized Genesis retailer network, as our product portfolio grows, will ensure the Genesis brand can succeed and thrive long-term within the luxury automotive market,” Raphael said.

Truer words have never been spoken.

References

Genesis G80


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Read our full review on the 2018 Genesis G80.

Genesis G90


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Read our full review on the 2018 Genesis G90.

Genesis G70


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Read our full review on the 2018 Genesis G70.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis G80 Sport

Almost years ago, Lexus was where Genesis is today. Toyota was trying to make inroads in the American luxury market with an all-new brand, and there was no shortage of critics doubting its likelihood of success. But they kept making great car after great car, turning the industry on its ear.

In that way, the roadmap has already been laid out for Hyundai as it builds its Genesis luxury marque: Ignore the doubters, and keep building great cars. That’s exactly what they have done with the G90 flagship and its little sibling, the G80 midsize sedan.

For 2018, the smaller G80 comes in three flavors: Standard 3.8-liter naturally aspirated V6 good for 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque, “Sport” 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, and brawny 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 rated at 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.

It’s the middle option I’m driving for this review. The G80 Sport impresses as a “just right” mixture of power and refinement — the “Goldilocks” of G80s.

Design Notes


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“It’s not a gaudy, “look-at-me” luxury car, but it has an understated elegance that does not find itself out of place among the executive car segment”

There’s no denying Genesis sedans have a stately appearance.

My test car was finished in beautiful Sevilla Red paint over 19-inch alloy wheels. It made a definite impression everywhere it went. It’s not a gaudy, “look-at-me” luxury car, but it has an understated elegance that does not find itself out of place among the executive car segment. The Sport trim items — cross-hatch grille, dark chrome exhaust tips, etc. — added just a hint of muscle to the design.

The front of the G80 looks much like its big sister, the G90. Genesis seems to be taking the Audi school of design here — and not just because the G80’s grille silhouette bears a slight resemblance to the German brand’s. Like Audi’s sedans, the G80 and G90 demonstrate a “same sausage, different lengths” design philosophy, especially when viewed from the front.


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“Full LED headlamps and daytime running lights give the G80 Sport its eyes, while dynamic sculpting of the hood hints at muscular performance under there”

Full LED headlamps and daytime running lights give the G80 Sport its eyes, while dynamic sculpting of the hood hints at muscular performance under there. It’s a smart front design.

Front wheels appear to be pushed out a bit from the doors when viewed from the side, thanks to a slightly concave door surface treatment. The doors aren’t actually concave, but the way they turn under from their mid-point combined with the slightly wider fenders makes them look that way. That’s a great visual trick that makes the G80 look like a solid performer without relying on tacky body-cladding. There’s a little Mercedes-Benz in this, as it’s a trick you can see on the E Class.

The rear design has slightly angry-looking tail lamp modules glaring back at you above those quad exhaust tips. There’s a roof and rear glass profile that’s nearly fastback in nature — de rigueur in luxury sedans nowadays — leaving a very short trunk lid surface. That makes it look fast without looking disproportionate.


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“The interior design is an interesting mix of European and Asian touches”

The interior design is an interesting mix of European and Asian touches. The center stack is topped by a 9.2-inch color touchscreen and very a VW Groupesque HVAC vent design. The shift lever for the G80 Sport’s eight-speed automatic transmission is a “joystick” style that returns to center, and the throttle pedal is attached to the floor — both things that will be familiar to European car aficionados. But other elements such as the gauge cluster design and the busy controls on the wheel and in the center console infotainment interface are less European and more Asian in nature.

Drive Notes


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“The interior ambiance is pure luxury car”

The G80 experience is definitely worthy of the luxury segment.

Doors close with a quiet, confident sound. The interior ambiance is pure luxury car. Black leather covers almost every surface frequently-touched surface in my G80 Sport test car. Seats have an impressive array of adjustment options, including adjustable bolstering and extendable thigh support. That twin-turbo V6 whirrs to life at the touch of the start button and stays so smooth at idle you could balance a nickel on its edge on top of the engine.

Pulling away from a stop, the Genesis defaults to quiet and comfortable if you don’t have a heavy right foot. It has selectable drive modes for “Eco”, “Normal”, “Sport”, and “Snow”, and in “Normal” mode, its throttle tip-in is nice and linear. “Sport” makes the skinny pedal a bit more aggressive and adjusts the transmission’s shift algorithm to allow for higher revs when accelerating and cornering. “Eco” softens up the throttle and operates the HVAC system more efficiently in the name of conserving fuel.


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“No matter which drive mode you choose, the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 will pull like a freight train if you ask it to”

No matter which drive mode you choose, the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 will pull like a freight train if you ask it to. Though it’s down on power to the G80’s optional V8 (365 horsepower vs. 420), the two are much closer in torque (376 ft-lbs vs. 383). And that’s not the whole story, as the twin turbos ensure the G80 Sport’s torque comes on faster and stays on longer than the naturally aspirated V8, peaking in a wide, flat arc between 1,300 and 4,500 RPM compared to the V8’s torque peak at 5,000 RPM.

There was plenty of room in the G80 to haul my family. The “Goldilocks” theme continues in its size, which is considered a “large car” by EPA standards but hews closely to a lot of midsize luxury cars when you measure its exterior footprint.

Four adults could ride in this car in reasonable comfort for a cross-country journey as long as they’re not all long-legged. Overall passenger volume is a generous 107.7 cubic feet — the reason for that EPA “large car” status. Since we started this review by talking about Lexus, consider this: Their midsize sedan, the GS, has just 99 cubic feet of passenger volume, leading it to feel much more cramped than the Genesis G80 even though legroom and headroom measurements are comparable. (Fair comparison, though: Lexus has more cargo volume in the trunk, with 18.4 cubic feet compared to the G80’s 15.3.)


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“Overall passenger volume is a generous 107.7 cubic feet — the reason for that EPA “large car” status.”

As luxury cars go, the G80 Sport hit all the targets most luxury buyers would expect of it. It was smooth over the roughest pavement I could find. It was remarkably quiet. Its Lexicon 17-speaker sound system was clear at low volume and positively rocked at higher volume settings. Navigation and infotainment was relatively easy to learn and use, even if I was disappointed in the absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity — something offered by Hyundais that are less than half as expensive as this Genesis.

Some reviews of Genesis cars knock them for their handling balance not being as sporty as the established players in the segment, mostly thanks to soft suspension tuning and a hefty 4,500-lb curb weight. But I suspect most people who buy a Genesis are more interested in luxury than sportiness. Those who like a sporty drive will probably find plenty to love in the G80 Sport’s combination of stout engine and slightly massaged exterior design, and its brakes and suspension have been altered from standard Genesis models to add a little more sporting character, too.

Overall, the G80 Sport iis a compelling package once you spend some time behind the wheel, particularly when you consider my loaded test car’s all-in MSRP of $56,225.

Competitors

Lexus GS


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“While the Lexus feels smaller inside, it’s an athletic sedan with a unique exterior design and a luxurious interior.”

As noted above, the midsize Lexus GS is among the cars a G80 shopper might consider. While the Lexus feels smaller inside, it’s an athletic sedan with a unique exterior design and a luxurious interior.

I give the advantage to the Genesis G80 for a number of reasons, though. Chiefly, powertrains are better in the G80 lineup. There is no V8 available in your average Lexus GS (upgrade to the GS-F for nearly $85,000 if you want that kind of power), nor is there a Lexus GS with a twin-turbo V6. The bulk of GS sedans you’ll see in dealer inventory are equipped with the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Matched against the base Genesis G80’s naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6, the Lexus 3.5 might be a contender. But the Genesis twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 blows it away in terms of refinement and power delivery.

The Genesis has a more practical interior for passenger-hauling, as well. It’s more comfortable to drive with three passengers. The G80’s design isn’t as polarizing as the “spindle grille” era GS, either.

The biggest advantage is price. My G80 Sport test car at $56,225 was fully loaded with every option I could want. Most comparable is the Lexus GS 350 F-Sport, which starts slightly cheaper at $52,060 but quickly rockets past the G80 Sport if I want to add many options the G80 already had standard such as color head-up display, heated steering wheel, SONAR parking assist, a power open/close trunk lid, and LED headlamps. Also, Lexus doesn’t offer the level of safety equipment the G80 offers — specifically autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition.

Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus GS.

Chrysler 300


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“True to American luxury cars of yesteryear, the Chrysler 300 can come across a bit more brutish and unrefined than its foreign competition”

This seems like a weird comparison, but park a Genesis G80 next to a same-year Chrysler 300 sometime and it’s clear these are two very distinctive cars that might appeal to similar clientele.

The Chrysler 300 has a lot of American broad-shouldered charm going for it, but the Genesis G80 is equally handsome when seen side-by-side with the 300. The G80 is its equal in most measurements — and it beats it in the all-important interior metric, where Genesis squeezes out 107.7 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to Chrysler’s 106.3 cubic feet.

True to American luxury cars of yesteryear, the Chrysler 300 can come across a bit more brutish and unrefined than its foreign competition. The G80 walks all over the 300 in terms of ride quality. Also, Genesis has three engines to Chrysler’s two, and they’re all smoother — but not necessarily better — than the engines you’ll find under the bonnet of the big Chrysler.

But the 300 has the edge when it comes to handling and road feel, and its big HEMI V8, while down on power to the available V8 in the G80 (363 horsepower vs. 420), is a torque monster that out-torques the G80’s V8 (394 ft-lbs vs. 383) and makes all the right sounds. For those who have a thing for muscle cars, the 300 has strong appeal.

The G80 makes a lot of sense if you’re shopping for a bargain, but if that’s the case, the Chrysler 300 might make even more sense. A V8-powered Chrysler 300C starts at about $41,000 compared to the $57,000 MSRP on the V8-powered G80 — and that’s before the typical large discounts offered by many Chrysler dealers. That makes the V8-powered 300 a solid deal even when compared to our G80 Sport with its twin-turbo V6. And if fuel economy puts you off the idea of a big American V8, consider that the Chrysler 300’s 25 MPG highway EPA rating is the same as the highway rating EPA gave my Genesis G80 Sport.

I’d call the Chrysler 300 a dark horse candidate for anyone shopping G80 and its competitors.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chrysler 300.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class


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“The E-Class comes away with a slight advantage in rear-seat legroom, but only because the G80 has a lot more front-seat legroom”

Here may be the Genesis G80’s closest competitor. German-car fanboys may be scoffing at that suggestion, but I think this is exactly the car Genesis had in mind when designing the G80. As noted above, the exterior design has elements of Mercedes-Benz E Class. When you look at the measurements of both cars, they’re very closely specced.

The E Class comes away with a slight advantage in rear-seat legroom, but only because the G80 has a lot more front-seat legroom. In all other interior dimensions, the cars are within an inch or two of each other. The exterior is much the same story, with Genesis just barely exceeding the Merc’s footprint thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase and wider track.

Engines are more directly comparable here than in the other two competitors above. Mercedes offers a slick 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that is slightly less powerful than the G80’s 3.3. The trade-off is the Merc gets slightly better fuel economy ratings — the Genesis gets a 17/24 city/highway MPG rating from EPA, while the E 400 is able to eke out 20/27 city/highway ratings.

One distinct advantage Mercedes-Benz offers: The E 400 comes only in 4MATIC all-wheel drive trim. Another distinct advantage: It’s available in wagon form, while the G80 is only offered as a sedan.

In true German fashion, option pricing can easily place the E Class well beyond my tested G80 Sport’s $55K price point. But the two have almost identical base prices. Depending on how much equipment you want, you might find the Merc more appealing.

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Conclusion


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Genesis knows it has a lot of work to do if it wants to impress would-be Mercedes buyers. Not only does the car have to be outstanding, but so does the ownership experience.

That’s why Genesis offers valet pick-up and drop-off for maintenance appointments, all of which is complimentary for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. That should win over a few would-be Chrysler 300 and Lexus GS buyers, too. It’s a level of personal service none of the above competitive manufacturers offers at the time of this writing.

Perhaps Lexus could have sped up the curve of its mainstream acceptance in the early ‘90s if it had offered that level of customer service. Time will tell whether Genesis requires the better part of a decade to start being taken seriously by luxury car shoppers, as was the case for Lexus. These are early days for the two-year-old marque.

But I don’t need time to determine whether Genesis has its act together when building a luxury car. The G80 proves that Korea is swinging for the fences, and that the luxury car establishment had better be paying attention.

Disclosure: Genesis provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of fuel for this review.

References

Genesis G80


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Read our full review on the 2018 Genesis G80.

PostHeaderIcon Genesis GV80

Envisioned in the early 2000s while Hyundai was developing the first-generation Genesis sedan, the Genesis brand was officially established as a standalone marque in November 2015. And since then, things progressed incredibly fast. The flagship G90 was launched in late 2015, followed by the slightly smaller G80 in early 2016. In 2017, Genesis launched its third vehicle, the G70, which is smaller than the G80 and aimed at the compact premium market. 2017 also brought the GV80, a concept that previews the company’s first SUV. The hauler is set to arrive in 2019, but I already created a speculative review of what it will bring to the table, alongside with a rendering of what the production model might look like.

The GV80 may be Genesis’ first SUV, but it won’t be its last. Now that it has launched three sedans, the South Korean firm wants to expand in the crossover market with at least two vehicles. What’s particularly interesting here is that unlike other brands, Genesis jumps on the SUV bandwagon with a full-size vehicle. Specifically, the GV80 will go against the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the upcoming BMW X7, the latter to become Munich’s flagship hauler. Obviously, the big question is whether Genesis will be able to give its competitors a run for the money. I won’t be able to provide an accurate answer until it hits showrooms, but let’s take a closer look at what we already know about this SUV.

Continue reading to learn more about the Genesis GV80.

Exterior


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Note: Genesis GV80 concept pictured here.

“Design-wise, the GV80 won't stray too far from the concept”

Design-wise, the GV80 won’t stray too far from the concept, but expect some of the show car’s more extreme features to be left outside the production line. The first feature you should forget about are the slender, twin-stripe headlamps. While they look pretty cool would look out of place on a model SUV, Genesis will most likely go with a more familiar design. As seen in the rendering, I expect the brand to keep the lower LED stripes but replaced the upper units with conventional headlamps based on those seen on the sedans. Specifically, look for significantly larger units with a swept-back design that extends toward the upper front fenders.

Next up, I wouldn’t bet on the production car getting the same front grille as the concept. Sure, the shape and size will be similar, if not identical, but the big slab of chrome that extends into the engine hood won’t make it. Instead, Genesis will go with a slightly slimmer chrome trim, and an upper section finished in the same color as the body. What might make it into production is the honeycomb-like mesh. Just like with the G80 sedan, Genesis may offer two different versions of the GV80: a standard-spec SUV with thin, horizontal slats, and a Sport model with a honeycomb mesh.


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Note: Genesis GV80 concept pictured here.

“I wouldn't bet on the production car getting the same front grille as the concept”

Some changes to the bumper are also expected, and these are again visible in our rendering. Instead of the organic looking side vents, the production model will get proper side intakes. An additional vent will be added to the lower side of the apron. Onto the sides, I expect the GV80 to remain similar to the concept car, but with a few changes. Specifically, look for less aggressive side skirts, conventional mirrors and door handles, revised pillars, a roof rack, and different wheels.

Around back, we should find changes similar to the ones seen up front. The slender, twin-stripe taillights will be replaced by larger units seen on almost all SUVs, while the bumper will get a more conventional design and an underbelly plate. There’s a big chance that the rear window will be redesigned as well for enhanced visibility.

All told, while it won’t be as fancy as the concept, the production GV80 will have the premium look needed to compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7.

Interior


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Note: Genesis G80 pictured here.

“Given the size, the SUV could draw its interior cues from the G80”

The interior of the GV80 is pretty much a mystery at this point. Sure, we do have the concept’s cabin for a few ideas of what Genesis may offer, but it’s pretty obvious that the production model won’t get most features. We can also look at the big sedans for hints, but it’s not yet clear whether Genesis plans to do what every carmaker does in this niche nowadays. But if the Korean brand is to follow in the footsteps of Mercedes-Benz and BMW, we’re likely to see a GV80 with an interior heavily based on a four-door car. Given the size, the SUV could draw its cues from the G80.

The sedan feels stylish and modern, so this wouldn’t be a bad idea. The dashboard sports a big slab of wood veneer, which gives it a premium look, while a big screen in the center of the dashboard makes the cabin feel as driver-friendly as they get. Also look for similar aluminum and chrome inlays, a digital instrument cluster, a multi-function steering wheel and fancy door panels with leather and wood veneer. The seats should be just as comfortable, but the seating position will be higher. The center console will also be adapted to SUV needs, as in it will be wider and taller. The rear section should provide plenty of legroom and headroom in order to compete with the German SUVs, but the GV80 will also need a spacious trunk.


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Note: Genesis GV80 concept pictured here.

“Some of the concept's materials could also make it into the production model as Genesis aims to offer a superior product”

As to what it may get from the concept, I’d say you should expect to find the long dashboard screen inside the production model. However, the SUV could get the more modern instrument cluster with detailed information and maybe even the clean looking dash and center console surfaces.

Some of the concept’s materials could also make it into the production model as Genesis aims to offer a superior product. As a brief reminder, the show car used semi-aniline leather with quilted diamond stitching on the door panels, seating surfaces, and center console, as well as “architexture” suede on the dashboard. The center console and floorboards are made of ash wood, which is usually found in very expensive luxury cars. Needless to say, this layout would make the GV80 one of the most luxurious offerings in this niche.

Drivetrain


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Note: Genesis G80 engine pictured here.

“Expect the engine lineup to include V-6 and V-8 units”

Just like any automaker out there, Genesis is looking to share as many parts as possible between models, including drivetrains. If you haven’t figured it out yet, the GV80 will most likely use the brand’s existing engines. Genesis currently employs a range of four-cylinder, V-6, and V-8 units, but the GV80 will probably share engines with its sedan counterpart, so we need to look away from the 2.0-liter four-pot and the 3.3-liter V-6 in the G70.

The larger G80 sedan starts off with a 3.8-liter V-6 that utilizes a three-stage variable intake system, triangular fuel injector pattern, air-gap exhaust manifold, and a two-stage oil pump. The mill produces a solid 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm, which is enough to push a big SUV to solid performance.

“The big 5.0-liter V-8 should generate in excess of 400 horsepower”

The other engine option available in the G80 is the familiar 5.0-liter Tau V-8. Using a high-pressure direct injection, a low-torque exhaust manifold, increased compression ratio and upgraded multiple-injection mapping, the V-8 generates 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. This powerplant will be offered in the range-topping GV80, regardless of whether it will carry a “Sport” badge.

Both engines will mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission and don’t expect manual or dual-clutch options in the United States. Rear-wheel-drive will probably be standard on the entry-level model, but AWD will be offered as an option.

A third drivetrain of the green variety is possible, but there’s no word on whether Genesis will go with a plug-in hybrid or an evolution of the hydrogen fuel cell showcased in the concept car. There’s no specific data for “advanced plug-in hydrogen fuel cell” drivetrain in the GV80 Concept, but Hyundai is no stranger to hydrogen propulsion, already selling a version of the Tucson (ix35) SUV using this technology. And of course, it would be really easy to transfer fuel cell tech to Genesis.

Prices


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It’s difficult to estimate pricing without actual specs, but Genesis needs to keep pricing similar to the competition in order to stand a chance. Actually, unless it comes with significantly more premium features and tech than its rivals, it should cost a bit less at first since the “Genesis” badge lacks the brand cachet of Mercedes-Benz and BMW. With the Mercedes-Benz GLS priced from $69,550 and the Cadillac Escalade retailing from $73,395, the Genesis SUV would be an appealing option at around $66,000 before options. But needless to say, it could cost more.

Competition

Mercedes-Benz GLS


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The GLS is arguably the most important competitor the GV80 will have once it arrives, but needless to say, the Merc is a bit long in the tooth, and it may get a redesign until Genesis’ SUV rolls out. Introduced in 2012, the current-generation GLS was updated for the 2017 model year. The “GLS” badge was also introduced with the facelift, replacing the previous GL nameplate in Mercedes’ new naming strategy to associate SUVs with their sedan counterparts. Obviously, the “S” in the GLS stands for S-Class. The mid-cycle update isn’t exactly comprehensive, but the massive SUV boasts a slightly sportier design and just enough tech upgrades to keep it fresh. The GLS is available with quite the varied drivetrain lineup for an SUV this big. In the U.S. there are three choices, starting with a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque in the GLS450. Moving over to the GLS550, it comes with a turbocharged V-8 that cranks out 455 horses and 516 pound-feet of twist. The third option is the AMG GLS63, which uses a beefed-up V-8 that’s good for a whopping 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet. In Europe, a diesel model comes with a 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 255 horses and 455 pound-feet of torque. U.S. pricing starts from $69,550.

Read our full review of the Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Cadillac Escalade


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The Escalade may seem out of Genesis’ league due to its massive design, but ignore the boxy body, and you get a luxury SUV that has what it takes to give the GLS a run for its money. The Escalade is actually much newer than the GLS, having been redesigned for the 2015 model year. While not exactly sporty on the outside, it’s roomy on the inside and features much of Cadillac’s latest technology. But unlike the Merc and the upcoming Genesis, there’s only one engine available, in the form for a 6.2-liter V-8. The massive EcoTec3 unit is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet, which might not be as powerful as some options from Mercedes-Benz, but makes the Escalade one of the few large luxury SUVs to still have a naturally aspirated engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission moves all that power to the wheels. Pricing for the Escalade starts from $73,395, which makes it the most expensive proposition in this comparison.

Read our full story on the Cadillac Escalade.

BMW X7


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The BMW X7 isn’t yet available, but BMW confirmed that a flagship SUV placed above the already familiar X5 and X6 is underway. Production is set to commence in 2018, and even though the X7 is still a camouflaged test car as of this writing, it’s pretty obvious that it will be a larger, more massive version of the X5. Its interior is likely to blend features from both the X5 and 7 Series sedan, with highlights to include iDrive 5.0, Touch Command Tablet, and a wide range of premium surfaces and features. Under the hood, the X7 is expected to get a 3.0-liter inline-six and a 4.4-liter V-8. The former will crank out around 320 horsepower, while the latter will arrive with at least 440 horses. A diesel is also likely, but it remains to be seen if it will be sold the United States.
Pricing should start from around $70,000.

Read our speculative review of the BMW X7.

Conclusion


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It’s really difficult to draw a conclusion here with so many details under wraps. And while there are three Genesis sedans available as of this writing, none of them has been on the market enough to get a solid grip on how they’re doing in their respective segments. But needless to say, all three are appealing to look at and come with a comprehensive array of premium features, so I guess it’s safe to say that the upcoming GV80 looks good on paper. I will update this reviews once more information becomes available, so make sure you stick around for more.

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References


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Read our full review on the Genesis GV80 concept.

Genesis G80


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Read our full review on the 2018 Genesis G80 sedan.

Genesis G70


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Read our full review on the 2018 Genesis G70.

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Gensis G70 Sportwagon

Launched in 2015, Genesis is the newest luxury brand on the market and the first such company to come from South Korea. Established after Hyundai rolled out increasingly more premium versions of the Genesis and Equus sedans, Genesis has already introduced three products since 2016. It all started with the G90, a redesigned and more luxurious version of the Equus, which was followed by the G80, a better replacement for the Hyundai Genesis. The third sedan, the G70, was introduced in late 2017 as a competitor for the highly popular BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4. Having already seen the G70 in all its glory, we began wondering what if Genesis decided to expand the lineup with a wagon?

Called the G70 Sportwagon by X-Tomi Designs, which provided the rendering of what could become Genesis first ever grocery getter, this luxury wagon would compete in a very small niche that no longer benefits from a global presence. While BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi continue to sell station wagon versions of their compact sedans in Europe, the United States only gets the 3 Series Sports Wagon. The G70 Sportwagon not only would add a bit of drama to this market, but it could also come to the U.S. to give BMW a bit of action and maybe even motivate Mercedes-Benz and Audi to bring their own grocery getters over the pond. But, until that happens, let’s have a closer look at what this wagon could bring to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the Genesis G70 Sportwagon.

Exterior


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“Expect it to have the same styling cues as the sedan from the nose to the C-pillars, but a longer roof and a redesigned rear fascia”

Much like any station wagon out there, the G70 Sportwagon will be heavily based on the recently unveiled G70 four-door. Specifically, expect it to have the same styling cues from the nose to the C-pillars, but a longer roof and a redesigned rear fascia. And this is great news, as the sedan is quite the looker, even when compared to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Up front, the wagon will showcase many of the already familiar Genesis features, starting with the crest-shaped grille with chrome horizontal bars. Should the Sportwagon also get a Sport version like the sedan, expect it to wear a honeycomb-like pattern. The G70’s sleek headlamps with angular edges will give the wagon an aggressive stance, as will the vertically oriented side vents and the complex layout of the center intake, which includes various thin elements that enhance aerodynamics.


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“The Sportwagon should retain the sedan's athletic profile, despite the longer roof and the boxier rear end”

The Sportwagon should retain the sedan’s athletic profile, despite the longer roof and the boxier rear end. At the same, it should feel elegant as well, mostly due to the subtle beltline and character line just above the side skirts. The profile will change dramatically from the C-pillar to the rear. Not only the muscular rear haunches of the sedan will be gone, but the Sportwagon will get the wagon-specific third window and thick D-pillar. However, the sloping roofline and the angle rear glass will prevent the car from looking like a 1980s Volvo (read “hearse”),


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“The rear end will be almost radically different than the sedan's, so forget about the nicely sculpted trunk lid”

The rear end will be almost radically different than the sedan’s, so forget about the nicely sculpted trunk lid, which will make way for a more utilitarian tailgate. It will be interesting to see what Genesis decided to do with the taillights. While the ones seen on the sedan are rather small for a wagon and placed outside the trunk lid, Genesis could opt for longer units that extend into the tailgate. This isn’t necessarily a rule for modern wagons, but it’s a common practice among other brand competing in this niche. I guess that if Genesis chooses to keep the sedans taillights, the Sportwagon will have one more reason to stand out.

The ten exterior colors that are available for the four-door G70 should make it on the wagon too. So expect the palette to include hues like Platinum Silver, Carbon Metal, Marble White, Titanium Black, Racing Gray, Graceful Gray, Lapis Blue, Royal Blue, Blazing Red, and Umber Brown.

Interior


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“Look for the same modern design with a clean and simple dashboard”

Naturally, the interior of the wagon will also mimic that of the sedan, except for the wagon-style trunk. Look for the same modern design with a clean and simple dashboard that’s slimmer than usual to provide better visibility up front and a sports car-like feeling.

As seen in the sedan, the front section will have a horizontal layout, which is rather common in today’s premium cars, while the wide and tall center console will be topped by a driver-oriented center stack. The latter will include only a handful of buttons placed under the A/C vents for that clean look most premium customers are looking for.


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“The seats feature the company’s smart posture control system”

The seats, which have been positioned so that they lower the center of gravity of the car to maximize performance for the sedan, feature the company’s smart posture control system. Introduced in the range-topping G90, this system automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, outside mirror, and heads-up display to the optimal position based on the driver’s body information.

As far as materials go, we’ve already seen some premium appointments in the sedan. So the wagon should come with Nappa leather seats, quilted leather door panel inserts, and aluminum door handles and trim. Almost everything else is covered in soft-touch materials, just like in the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Upholstery color options should include Obsidian Black, Sandstorm Gray, Velvet Burgundy, Tobacco Brown and Vanilla Beige.

“The Sportwagon will benefit from the larger trunk that all wagons get behind the second-row seat”

Passenger comfort will also be enhanced thanks to the lower levels of noise, vibration and harshness achieved through the use of sound absorption and isolation materials, revised suspension and body frame connection, and the design of the door sealing systems. In the convenience department, the eight-inch display will provide access to MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and server-based voice recognition technology via artificial intelligence platform Kakao I. A 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system will be available for audiophiles.

Of course, the Sportwagon will benefit from the larger trunk that all wagons get behind the second-row seat. In addition to that, it will also benefit from folding rear seats for that extra space that comes in handy when hauling long objects or when you’re simply moving into a new apartment, and you have a lot of stuff to carry.

But, in order to be competitive, the Sportwagon needs to come as close as possible to the rather high bar set by the competition. For instance, the BMW 3 Series Sports wagon can hold up to 27.6 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 61.5 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon isn’t quite as roomy, but it can still haul a lot of luggage at 17.3 and 53.3 cubic feet, respectively. The new Audi A4 Avant is similar to the Merc with 17.8 and 53.3 cubic feet ratings.

Drivetrain


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Note: Genesis G70 sedan pictured here.

“A diesel version will also be offered, powered by a 2.2-liter four-banger rated at 199 horsepower and 325 pound-feet”

Once again, the Sportwagon will mimic the sedan version of the G70 under the hood. The four-door is offered with a drivetrain lineup consisting of three engines, starting with the familiar 2.0-liter GDI available in other Hyundai models. The turbocharged four-cylinder is rated at 252 PS and 353 Nm of torque (249 horsepower and 260 pound-feet), while opting for the Sports package increases the power rating slightly to 255 PS (252 horsepower). A diesel version is also available, powered by a 2.2-liter four-banger rated at 202 PS and 441 Nm of twist (199 horsepower and 325 pound-feet).

Performance ratings for these drivetrains aren’t yet available, but it’s safe to assume that the wagon versions will have slightly slower sprint times. Probably a tenth or two due to the extra weight and the different aerodynamics.

“G70 Sport, which will be the range-topping model, will hide a 3.3-liter Lambda V-6 under the hood”

Finally, G70 Sport, which is the range-topping model, hides a 3.3-liter Lambda V-6 under the hood. Also available in many Hyundai cars, this powerplant cranks out 370 PS and 510 Nm (365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet) of torque and enables the sedan to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 4.7 seconds. Interestingly enough, that’s two tenths quicker than the range-topping 3 Series model with RWD and as quick as the same model equipped with AWD. So I guess it’s safe to assume that the G70 Sportwagon will be competitive enough for its German rivals. Top speed is rated at 168 mph for the four-door, significantly higher from the 155-mph ratings that come with most compact BMW and Mercedes-Benz sedans, and this figure should remain unchanged with the wagon.

When equipped with the Sport package, the wagon should also get the variable-ratio steering and electronically controlled suspension offered as standard with the sedan. Another standard feature will be Launch Control and rack-mounted, motor-driven power steering and multi-link rear suspension, both designed to provide more precise handling and comfortable ride. Finally, the dynamic torque vectoring system will improve the wagon’s cornering control, while the mechanical limited slip differential will enhance handling in low friction road conditions such as rain, snow, and ice.

Prices

We still don’t have pricing information for the G70 sedan, which makes it difficult to estimate how much the wagon will cost, but Genesis needs to keep pricing close to the competition. For instance, the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon starts from $44,450 in the U.S. Of course, pricing will depend on which engines are offered, but being a new brand, Genesis may have to keep the sticker a bit lower in order to score some sales. Somewhere around $40,000 to $42,000 seems like a good guess.

Competition

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon


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Should it come to the U.S., the Genesis G70 Sportwagon will have just one competitor. But it will have a hard time stealing customers from BMW, as the 3 Series Sports Wagon has been around for quite a while and built itself a solid reputation. Sure, it’s a few years old, and its popularity was enhanced by the fact that there aren’t any other options, but the sporty design, the well-appointed interior, and the powerful engine make it tough to beat.

Speaking of engines, there are two options to choose from. First up, there’s the 330i, which uses a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. The second option is the 328d, powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that’s good for 188 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist. It’s worth noting that the 3 Series Sports Wagon is the only Bimmer, alongside the X5, to get a diesel powerplant in the U.S. In Europe, the drivetrain lineup is much more diverse. Ranging from the entry-level 318i with 136 horsepower to the 340i M Sport with 326 horses, the 3 Series Touring meets every need performance-wise. On the diesel front, the range begins with the 316d rated at 116 horsepower and goes all the way up to the 335d xDrive M Sport with 313 horses. U.S. pricing starts from $44,450, while German prices start from €34,550.

Read our full review of the 2017 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon


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Unveiled in 2014 alongside the then-brand-new C-Class, this grocery getter has been one of the most celebrated compact premium wagons for decades now. And for good reason, as the longer, five-door version of the C-Class is just as classy and luxurious as its four-door sibling. The latest model is particularly appealing, as the C-Class’ design language, which is based on the larger S-Class, is both sporty and elegant. And despite having a wagon rear end instead of the sedan’s sleek, coupe-like roofline, the C-Class Wagon is as sexy as wagons get. Okay, so maybe it’s not as gorgeous as the CLS Shooting Brake, but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful wagons you can buy. The same description can be used for the interior, which blends sportiness and elegance under acres of leather and wood veneer.

The engine lineup isn’t as diverse as the sedan’s, but you get plenty of options ranging from the 154 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of the base C180 to the 362 horses and 384 pound-feet of the C450 AMG. Of course, proper AMG C63 and AMG C63 S variants are also offered. More importantly, Mercedes also launched a plug-in hybrid version, the C350, rated at 275 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of twist. Diesel models range from the C220 BlueTEC with 168 horsepower and 295 pound-feet to the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid with 228 horses and 369 pound-feet. Unfortunately, none of them are available in the United States. German pricing starts from €33,534.

Read our full review of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon.

Audi A4 Avant


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Introduced for the 2016 model year, the A4 Avant is the newest offering in this comparison. It’s also one of the most aggressive wagons you can buy thanks to Audi’s recent design language with more angular lines. The interior is also new and quite the significant departure from the previous design. While the outgoing model felt dated, the current-generation A4 has everything it takes to give its competitors a run for its money. And it’s pretty unique too with the classy air-vent strip that stretches across the dashboard. The German wagon is sold with four engines besides the performance-oriented S4 and RS4. The base 1.4-liter unit cranks out 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet, while the 2.0-liter four-pot is available with either 190 horses and 236 pound-feet or 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet. The range-topping model uses a 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet. The diesel lineup includes various versions of the company’s 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter mills, ranging from the 2.0 TDI with 120 horsepower and 199 pound-feet to the 3.0 TDI V-6 with 272 horses and 443 pound-feet. Like the C-Class Wagon, the A4 Avant isn’t available in the U.S. However, you can buy the A4 Allroad, an Avant with SUV features and higher ground clearance. This model is priced from $44,500. In Germany, the standard A4 Avant retails from €33,700.

Read our full story of the 2017 Audi A4 Avant.

Conclusion


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The Genesis G70 Sportwagon is just a rendering as of this writing, and the Korean firm didn’t say whether such a model is under consideration or not. But it’s more than just a cool idea. With the luxury brand having rolled out three sedans so far, and with at least two SUVs underway, a wagon version of the G70 should be included in the company’s future plans. The G70 may be enough to grant the company access to the tough compact market that’s controlled by the 3 Series, C-Class, and A4, but Genesis needs more than just a sedan in order to survive. A coupe and a convertible should also be considered, but a station wagon sounds like a good first step in a niche that doesn’t have too many propositions on offer. And judging by the G70’s looks, lush interior, and solid drivetrain lineup, I think that a station wagon could make a significant impact.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis G70

The Genesis brand was introduced in 2015 as Hyundai’s premium division. The name was derived from the Hyundai Genesis, the company’s full-size sedan, which became the Genesis G80 after the rebranding. Before the G80 debuted, the newly-founded brand introduced the G90, a redesigned, more luxurious version of Hyundai’s range-topping sedan, the Equus. In 2016, a third Genesis model was spotted testing on public roads, a sign that the Korean brand is looking to expand even more in the near future. The new vehicle is also a sedan, will be sold as the G70, and will compete in the premium compact market.

As a part of the company’s plan to roll out several new models by 2020, the upcoming G70 will take on a very crowded segment that includes nameplates like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4. The G70 will essentially join the Cadillac ATS as yet another compact trying to compete against the world’s most popular luxury compacts. There’s no official word as to when the new sedan will hit the market, but a leaked Genesis document suggests that the G70 could debut by the end of 2016. However, given that the four-door was only spotted recently during testing, an unveiling could take place in early 2017 instead.

Like other Genesis products, the G70 could make its global debut in South Korea, with a North American reveal planned a few months after that. This could happen at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. Until then, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about Genesis’ upcoming compact sedan.

Update 9/5/2017: In just 10 days, Genesis will debut it’s all-new G70 Sedan in its home city, Seoul, South Korea before it makes its way to the U.S. for an early 2018 Debut in North America. To get everyone hyped up, Genesis as released a little teaser talking about its origins and why it chose Seoul as the place the G70 will make its first public debut. Check out the special “Teaser” section below to see it for yourself.

Continue reading to learn more about the Genesis G70.

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End Date: Friday Oct-19-2018 6:31:33 PDT
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1953 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1953 Chevy 3100 pick up truck
$10,203.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 9:33:07 PDT
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1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Cheynne Z84 350 Factory AC Power Steering Power Disc Brake
$16,600.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Oct-18-2018 12:33:35 PDT
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1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS! same car from the Better of Dead movie!!
$8,300.00 (5 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 12:00:11 PDT
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1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1949 Chevy 3 Window Truck NO RESERVE Barn Find PATINA Rat Rod SHOP TRUCK Project
$1,200.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 18:30:00 PDT
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2011 Ford Mustang 2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe
$11,200.00
End Date: Thursday Oct-18-2018 6:30:00 PDT
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 3100 1955 chevrolet 3100 with stake side bed
$2,800.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 15:55:22 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $8,500.00
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1965 Ford Mustang 2door 1965 mustang convertible
$2,650.00 (23 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 14:00:16 PDT
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1969 Chevrolet C-10 1969 Chevrolet C-10 SWB super nice original truck one owner till this year
$6,000.01 (18 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 18:52:27 PDT
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1947 Chevrolet Other Pickups Standard 1947 Chevy Truck Hot Rod with a V8
$14,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Tuesday Oct-16-2018 12:44:51 PDT
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1966 Ford Mustang 2+2 1966 ford mustang 2+2 raven black 4 speed c code
$27,300.00 (62 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-19-2018 9:46:22 PDT
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1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups 3200 1957 Chevy Truck (Rare) 3200
$8,750.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-21-2018 12:07:21 PDT
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 chevrolet truck 3100 NR patina hot rod rat rod solid truck with parts truck
$2,999.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Oct-18-2018 15:32:44 PDT
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1973 Chevrolet C-10 Custom deluxe 1973 Chevrolet C10 CUSTOM SHORT BED 2 WHEEL DRIVE RARE COLOR COMBO 350 V8 AUTO
$5,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 10:06:54 PDT
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1956 Chevrolet Other Pickups custom 1956 chevy panel
$12,000.00
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 9:05:22 PDT
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1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1949 chevy full custom 4 door diesel dually
$31,200.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Oct-17-2018 16:31:14 PDT
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2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Texas Direct Auto 2010 2SS Used 6.2L V8 16V Manual RWD Coupe Premium OnStar
$5,932.42 (9 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Oct-18-2018 10:01:39 PDT
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