Possibly the most important model in Genesis’ growing lineup is set to make its Australia debut with a price that notably undercuts its rivals.
Genesis has announced it will launch its GV70 midsize SUV in Australia this July with prices starting from $66,400 before on-road costs.
As we’ve previously detailed, the GV70 will be offered in four different grades that are based on the buyer’s preferred engine and drivetrain layout options.
Both the petrol and diesel engine options are paired with an eight-speed torque-converter automatic, which has been further refined ahead of its release.
The entry-level model uses the 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 224kW of power and 422Nm of torque with power sent exclusively to the rear wheels.
For an additional $2,200 buyers can add all-wheel drive, while the rest of the engines all have this equipped as standard.
Further up the range the 2.2L four-cylinder turbodiesel is priced from $71,800 (before on-roads) and develops similar levels of power with 154kW/440Nm on tap, but will likely be far more fuel-efficient.
Sitting at the top of the range is the 3.5L turbocharged petrol V6 with a price of $83,400 (before on-road costs) and develops a substantial 279kW/530Nm.
On paper the GV70 looks to be incredibly good value, with rivals such as the BMW X3 priced between $70,900- $111,900 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC fetching $75,100- $96,900 when you exclude their dedicated performance variants and options packages.
As standard, the GV70 features a healthy amount of luxury equipment, which has been topped up with a few more features since Genesis released the official specification.
This starts with the inclusion of a 14.5-inch screen widescreen in the centre that includes navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which feeds your music through the standard nine-speaker audio system and tops up your phone via the in-built wireless charger.
The leather-appointed interior covers the dashboard, door trim, centre console and the seats as standard, with 12-way power-adjustable, heated and cooled front seats.
Genesis has now added niceties such as a tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel, a fingerprint authentication system and a memory function for the driver’s seat among the standard options.
As a dedicated family hauler safety is also hugely important and Genesis has just about every driver assistance features equipped as standard.
These include blind-spot monitoring, front AEB with the ability to detect pedestrians and cyclists, lane keep assist, multi-collision braking, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance and a driver attention monitoring system.
Other features such as adaptive cruise control and 360-degree camera should also make life a bit easier.
As the range-topping model, the 3.5L AWD is fitted with extra goodies such as a limited-slip differential, the sport brake package and an appearance package that includes larger 21-inch wheels while the rest of the range is fitted with smaller 19-inch alloys.
Buyers of the lower grades can add some of these features via the Sport Line Package which includes the better brakes and sportier 19-inch alloy wheels.
The changes also continue to the interior where Genesis has fitted Nappa leather and suede seat material, a suede headliner and pillar coverings matched with special aluminium trim dotted around the cabin.
Building on this further is the Luxury Package which swaps in quilted Nappa leather seats, heated rear seats, a sport steering wheel and a raft of aluminium trimming on touchpoints around the cabin.
Genesis also adds a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display in the instrument cluster, three-zone climate control, a heads up display and a 16-speaker Lexicon sound system.
The GV70 will officially go on sale in July so keep an eye out for our official review where we’ll discuss if this new midsize SUV is as good in the real world as it is on paper.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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