Genesis might be new to our shores but it definitely isn’t a new presence with the lineage of its G80 and G90 luxury saloons traceable to the Hyundai Genesis and Equus, respectively. The Korean marque’s foray in earnest into the premium space has gone fairly smoothly but has not made a real dent anywhere besides North America.
It stands to reason, then, that their most high profile model, the 3 Series chasing rear-drive G70, was first unveiled at the New York Motor Show all the way back in 2016. Since then, the rest of the world has been more than curious about the sporty four door and its promises to be just as good to drive as the Kia Stinger, only significantly posher.
At long last, Australian buyers will soon be able to make that leap away from the German triumvirate of premium compact saloons for something a bit different - well, aside from Lexus and Infiniti alternatives. The G70 will be hitting local showrooms as early as June 2019 with prices to start at $58,000 according to a newly available online configurator.
The base model will arrive with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder that, by all indication, will produce 182kW and 353kW, numbers eerily similar to the Stinger 200 and Hyundai i30N, though it will likely be tuned to suit its more sophisticated demeanour.
Elsewhere, standard features can include a quite generous spread such as 19-inch alloys, Brembo brakes, a limited slip differential, adaptive headlights, a 360-degree camera system, heated and ventilated front+rear seats, a 15-speaker Lexicon stereo, and a Nappa leather interior.
We’ll have to move up the ladder past the 2.0T Sport and 2.0T Ultimate before the 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 comes into play starting at $71,000, and we won’t be at all surprised if its output mirrored the Stinger GT’s 272kW.
Choosing the range-topping 3.3T Ultimate Sport will land you all the bells as whistles for $78,000 and some exclusive exterior colours, a set of unique 19-inch Sport alloy wheels in a dark grey finish, as well as Dark Chrome body accent, all to set it apart from the lesser variants.