The Genesis GV80 is only the very first of three planned SUVs coming from Korea’s upstart high-end brand.
2021 Genesis GV70 Spy Shots
While we’ve seen a lot of spy shots of the midsize model up until now, the smaller GV70 crossover has slipped under the radar. Not any longer, however, as the compact luxury SUV has been identified for the very first time testing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
While the name is not verified yet (some sources claim it will be called GV60), the new compact luxury crossover seems to be in a rather sophisticated advancement stage. We say this since the model doesn’t appear to feature any padded camo– though it’s completely covered in tape.
2021 Genesis GV70 Design
Mind you, and the taillights are not production-spec. However, the rest of the car appears like a genuine offer. Compared to the larger GV80, which will rival the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and so forth, the GV70 will attempt to take sales from the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and other models from the compact high-end SUV section.
For that reason, it will be to the GV80 what the G70 is to the G80. The styling will make the connection to the GV80 clear. However, the GV70 will embrace a sportier appearance thanks to a coupe-like profile and a lower position. At the front, Genesis’ corporate grille is flanked by split horizontal headlights that appear similar to those on the GV80.
However, the style of the front bumper looks more aggressive thanks to two recessed side air intakes. The profile appears athletic thanks to the huge wheels and noticeable rear haunches, while the rear continues the sporty theme with massive tailpipes placed in a diffuser-like element. The taillights may be provisional, but the cutouts on this model give away their shape, which will likewise echo the GV80.
2021 Genesis GV70 Engine
Since the GV80 shares underpinnings with the upcoming G80 sedan, the Genesis GV70 is likely to use the very same platform as the G70 sedan. Expect the Korean compact luxury SUV to offer the same engine lineup, including a 252 HP 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 365 HP 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. AWD will be on the menu, but we don’t understand if Genesis will also provide the GV70 in the RWD setup. The Genesis GV70 is anticipated to debut in early 2021, about a year after the launch of the GV80.