After repeated delays, local specs and pricing have been announced for the 2019 Genesis G70 sedan.
The G70 range opens at $59,300 plus on-roads, competing against the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and the Lexus IS.
To give the G70 a fighting chance against the establishment, it will be offered with a choice of two powertrains across three trim levels.
Buyers can choose from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine developing 180kW and 353Nm, or a 3.3-litre turbo V6 producing 272kW and 510Nm, it’s the same six-cylinder unit found in the Kia Stinger. It should be noted, both engines drink 95 RON premium unleaded.
Both engines are matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to the rear wheels.
As you would expect, every G70 is well equipped. The entry-level 2.0T ($59,300 all prices plus on-roads) gets locally-tuned suspension, a powered boot lid with hands-free opening, 12-way powered and heated front seats, tyre pressure monitoring, dual-zone climate control, wireless smartphone charging, a 7.0-inch digital driver information display in the instrument cluster, and an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen featuring satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Moving to the Sport version (from $63,300) adds a Brembo brake package with four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers, a mechanical limited-slip differential, 19-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 high-performance tyres, sport instrumentation and sport styling elements
Ultimate models (from $69,300) feature Nappa leather trim, a 16-way powered driver’s seat with memory, ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power-adjustable steering column.
There’s also a head-up display, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive front headlights with cornering function, a panoramic sunroof and a 15-speaker Lexicon audio system.
The specification of the Sport and Ultimate trim levels are carried over to the V6 powered models.
At the top of the V6 range is the Ultimate Sport which is differentiated by 19-inch Sport alloy wheels finished in dark grey, dark chrome accents on the exterior and sport quilting on the grey or red Nappa Leather.
Every 3.3T variant is also equipped with Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension (GACS), a Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering rack and Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control (DTVC).
Standard safety kit across the range includes autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. ANCAP has already awarded the G70 a five-star safety rating.
At present, the only Genesis showroom is located in the Sydney CBD, there are plans for expand into Brisbane and Melbourne next year.
To deliver a premium buying experience, Genesis is offering a test-drive home-delivery service to buyers living within 70km of the showroom, five years free servicing up to 50,000km, and concierge pick-up and delivery for scheduled servicing with a complimentary courtesy car.
Buyers also get a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty coverage which sets a new benchmark in the segment.
Genesis is also adopting an online build and order process with fixed pricing. Without discounting, Genesis may not fair well against German rivals who will happily negotiate.
2019 Genesis G70 pricing (excludes on-road costs):
G70 2.0T - $59,300
G70 2.0T Sport - $63,300
G70 2.0T Ultimate - $69,300
G70 3.3T Sport - $72,450
G70 3.3T Ultimate - $79,950
G70 3.3T Ultimate Sport - $79,950
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