Markham, ON – Times are tough for fun-to-drive sport sedans as the once robust segment dwindles on the brink of extinction. Look no further than the demise of the Kia Stinger which shared a platform with the G70. But the foundations of Genesis were built from the sedan, even before the brand separated from Hyundai.
Until the GV70 arrived in 2020, Genesis only sold sedans. It probably has something to do with why the G70 still accounts for 15 per cent of the brand’s sales. It’s enough that we’ll continue to see it in 2024 with a few subtle but worthwhile updates.
The 2-litre has been dropped and a new 2.5-L turbocharged 4-cylinder will become the new standard powerplant. It makes 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. That’s a healthy 48 hp increase over last year and it also means that all Genesis models have at least 300 horsepower now. The 3.3T trims continue to get the twin-turbo V6 that pumps out 365 hp. Both engines are mated to 8-speed automatic transmissions.
There’s a new wheel design and Genesis-branded Brembo brakes and subtly tweaked Genesis badges but no other changes to the exterior design. The carryover split headlamp and tail-lamp design add a touch of distinction, but the core of its shape is classic cab rearward sport sedan with that stretched hood and stubby rear. The G70 is an elegant but muscular looking vehicle.
Entering and starting the G70 can now be done without a traditional key. As long as you have a compatible smart phone, the updated connected services app includes phone-as-a-key capability and it’s standard on all trims. You can even send a virtual copy of the key to someone, no matter where you are.
The Connected services app was also given a thorough update for an improved user experience. The app can allow you to start the engine remotely, set the climate control, or even honk the horn. It can be used to check the status of your vehicle or even find it if you lose it in a large parking lot. Genesis EV owners can check battery levels, charging status, and look for nearby charging stations if necessary.
Inside, a redesigned center console gets rid of the climate control dials in favour of a screen and push buttons and there’s an added USB-C port for charging devices. New illuminated turn signal stalks are also a nifty touch and not something you see every day.
There are new colours, Vatna Grey and Kawah Blue available on the 3.3 T sport which also gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for the first time.
The G70 is based on a rear-wheel drive architecture and displays balanced handling with a refined ride. It offers that rare combination of sportiness and practicality that can’t be found in most crossovers. It also has a really nice interior. Cover the badge on the wheel and you’d be hard pressed to distinguish its drivability from its European competitors, especially considering the class in which it competes with includes the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class, two of the most distinguished sport sedans ever conceived.
Pricing starts at $53,000 for the 2.5 T and tops out at $64,000 for a top-trim 3.3T Sport. As with all of Genesis’ offerings there are no options apart from colours which makes the buying process a bit easier.
The updated 2024 Genesis G70 is available to order now.