The G70 station wagon won’t be Genesis’ only compact and practical luxury vehicle, as Hyundai’s premium badge also prepares a GV70 crossover. More than a Tucson in a tuxedo, the competitor of the BMW X3 will soon be revealed given the teaser campaign launched about a month ago. We’re hearing rumors of a mid-November premiere, so in the meantime, here’s a juicy spy video to make the wait easier.
Not one, but two prototypes were spotted sitting on a trailer towed by a Chevy Silverado somewhere in the United States, resting on the side of the road. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the two SUVs are not the same as the GV70s had different exhausts. The one with the massive rounded tips a la Alfa Romeo Stelvio is believed to be the beefier 3.5T model. The prototype sitting in front of it is fitted with the more angular spikes somewhat similar to the DS7 and is a lower specification 2.5T variant.
You can tell by the size of the wheel that the blue prototype fitted with the round exhausts is the most expensive as it has 19 inch alloys while the white has a slightly smaller 18 inch set. The wheel design is more intricate on the 3.5T model and its interior draws attention with a noticeably red theme instead of the solid black / gray look of the 2.5T.
Both are heavily camouflaged inside and out to hide what appears to be the final look, as the prototypes appeared to have all of the final elements. The disguise doesn’t actually hide Genesis’ new ‘two-line’ signature lights front and rear, seen on recent models from the chic South Korean brand. There will also be a diesel GV70 with a less aggressive look by hiding the exhaust tip under the bumper.
While we still don’t get a full picture of the interior, we probably shouldn’t look any further than the recently revamped G70 sedan. Here are some pictures to jog your memory on what Genesis did to the interior cabin for the sedan’s full mid-cycle update.
Genesis’ response to the Audi Q5 is poised to become the brand’s best-selling car, targeting a hungry SUV market at a reduced price compared to the larger, more chic GV80. Some would argue that Hyundai should have prioritized these two SUVs over the G70, G80 and G90 sedan trio, but as the saying goes, better late than never.