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Genesis G70 2024: minor updates inbound for BMW 3 Series rival

Dylan Campbell

Smarter interior but no more power for South Korea’s cut-price, twin-turbo rear-drive sedan

Genesis Australia will keep the affordable performance sedan dream alive when an updated G70 arrives locally later in the fourth quarter of this year – between October and December.

The Korean brand has mildly updated its niche-selling rear-driver, which is currently offered in Australia with 2.0-litre turbo inline-four and 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 powertrains and two bodystyles – sedan and Shooting Brake wagon – with prices ranging from $63,000 to $85,067.

Genesis has given the G70 a mild update in Korea

The 2024 updated model gains new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs and two new colours, Kawah Blue and Bartna Grey.

Inside, the previous model’s large HVAC dials are replaced with a smarter, slimmer climate control touchscreen. 

There’s also a frameless rear-vision mirror and USB-C outlet, while Genesis offers three new two-tone colour schemes: black and grey, black and beige and blue and beige. There’s also an updated steering wheel with new Genesis emblem design.

The interior has seen a mild update with the the amount of controls reduced for a cleaner look

Outputs of the twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 remain 274kW and 510Nm. In its domestic left-hand-drive market, Genesis has replaced the previous base 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four with a turbocharged 2.5-litre inline-four producing 224kW and 422Nm – an increase of 45kW/69Nm.

It remains to be seen if this change carries over to our market, though it’s notable that Kia Australia passed up the switch to the larger 2.5-litre from the existing 2.0-litre in the closely-related Stinger sedan when it was updated in the US last year.

The G70 is currently sold in both sedan and Shooting Brake body styles here in Australia

In South Korea, Genesis has fitted adaptive dampers as standard across the 2024 G70 range. In Australia, they are currently offered on the V6 only. South Korean models also gain standard ventilated seats and Brembo brakes.

Genesis Australia said specification will be confirmed closer to the vehicle’s local launch.