While we were driving the all-new Genesis G90 last week, the flagship saloon from the new Korean premium brand, our spy snapper spotted a prototype of the entry-level G70 saloon being tested. Previewed at the New York motor show earlier this year, the G70 is the third and smallest yet model in the Hyundai spin-off marque’s line-up. That means it will go against the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Lexus IS, Cadillac ATS and the Jaguar XE.
The Genesis New York Concept had raised expectations pretty high with its strikingly bold lines, however, the car we see here seems to have strayed far from that template. It looks more like a shrunken version of the G80 and the G90, although many styling highlights are masked by the heavy camo. While its bigger siblings concentrate on luxury, space and gizmos to try and wean customers from rivals, the G70 will have to do that with a sensible price tag, and above all exceptional dynamic ability to have a chance against the 3 Series and the rest.
Genesis has got the fundamentals right, though, having poached none other than Albert Biermann, the former engineering boss of BMW M division. It remains to be seen how much of his expertise translates to real-life athleticism in the G70.
Powertrain options in the rear-wheel drive model that will also have an all-wheel drive variant will include a turbocharged four-pot and a twin-turbo V6.