The Genesis brand has introduced its all-new luxury G70 sedan. The Genesis brand officially launched the G70 at the Hyundai Genesis Design Centre within the Namyang R&D Centre, with Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group and key officials of the brand. The G70 is set to go on sale on 20th September in the Korean market.
“The Genesis G70 is the latest demonstration of our dedication to delivering innovative, customer-oriented vehicles,” said Vice Chairman Yang. “We will continue to focus our R&D efforts on the development and expansion of the Genesis brand. It is a great point of pride to have Genesis showcase what a true luxury brand of Korean origin can present to our customers.”
The Genesis G70 is an athletic and elegant luxury sedan offering a graceful and dynamic exterior, function-oriented interior with three different powertrains – the 3.3 litre V6 twin- turbo petrol, 2.0 litre turbo petrol and 2.2 litre diesel. The 3.3 litre V6 twin- turbo engine boasts an impressive 0-100 kph acceleration time of 4.7 seconds.
The G70 also features high levels of advanced driver assist systems such as Highway Driving Assist (HDA), best-in-class safety with nine standard airbags and active hood function, and a high level of connectivity with server-based voice recognition technology, using Kakao’s artificial intelligence platform.
Hot stamping methods, extended use of structural adhesives and torsional rigidity, have been enhanced to improve overall body stiffness. Genesis will offer a differentiated customer experience to be provided through Genesis membership programs.
Completing the Genesis sedan lineup
The G70 is a luxury sedan completing the Genesis brand’s sedan lineup, along with the flagship G90 and G80, and will further establish the brand’s presence in the luxury market.
In November 2015 the Genesis brand was born with its sights set to compete with the world’s top luxury car manufacturers, as a Korean brand. The Genesis brand strives to make a positive difference in the lives of discerning customers, becoming an important element of their lifestyle. Furthermore, its goal is to deliver excellence in performance and design through progressive and innovative approaches.
Initially, Genesis launched its flagship G90 sedan in December 2015 and large G80 sedan in July 2016 in Korea. Since the brand’s inception, Genesis has made significant strides, selling more than 150,000 units to date with strong performance in both the Korean and U.S. markets.
Genesis has also received many accolades, most recently, ranking highest among premium car manufacturers in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) study, topping all 13 brands in the premium segment.
The G70 marks the completion of Genesis sedan line-up and the brand will now start strengthening its model range with the introduction of SUVs, and potentially alternative powertrains. Genesis plans to roll out new products to expand its presence and coverage across the global market, and by 2021 six models are expected to feature in its product portfolio.
An Exterior with Genesis’ Unique Design Identity
The all-new G70 represents the future direction of the Genesis brand’s design identity. Athletic elegance is represented in the exterior design as the car captures both beauty and tension, like an athlete poised to perform.
Luc Donckerwolke, Head of Genesis Design, said, “At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication and talent from our designers. We modulated all parameters from the Genesis DNA to tailor a sports sedan. This challenge required the highest skills and know-how. The G70 is designed to captivate all senses with its sensuous and tensioned muscular volumes.”
The long hood and short front overhang, elegant roofline and multi-spoke alloy wheels characterize a sleek, dynamic profile view subtly highlighted by dark/smoke-chrome fender aero trim.
The hockey stick daylight opening and parabolic sidelines further express the unique design signatures of Genesis, displaying fast and dramatic energy with voluptuous forms and smooth surfaces.
In the front and side views, the G70’s large crest-type grille, character lines beginning from the emblem of the voluminous hood, air intake functions, and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) express the muscularity/solidity of the car.
Two distinctive linear LED DRLs on each side of the large crest grille foreshadow the future Genesis signature quad lamps.
In the rear, the LED rear combination lamps, which continue the quad lamp theme, along with a raised trunk lid and compact bumper designs give the G70 a poised character. The rear lamps, evolved from the preceding G80, have been stretched to the end of the rear to convey a wide and dynamic stance.
A Sophisticated, Driver-Focused Interior
G70’s interior achieves both high-function and excellent fit and finish. To emphasize functionality, interior packaging is driver-focused with simplicity being prioritised. A horizontal layout brings a sense of stability and the driver-focused packaging provides a comfortable driving environment.
The three dimensional switches of the centre fascia and dials enhance functionality, while the sport-grip steering wheel adds to a driver-friendly and enjoyable driving experience. For materials Genesis designers chose aluminum door handles, quilted leather door panels, metal speaker grills and many quality soft touch materials throughout the interior. Quilted patterns and Nappa leather seats further add to the dynamic yet elegant interior.
The G70 offers a wide range of unique and sophisticated colour options that properly reflect global trends to meet client demand. The G70 will offer customers ten exterior colours: Platinum Silver, Carbon Metal, Marble White, Titanium Black, Racing Gray, Graceful Gray, Lapis Blue, Royal Blue, Blazing Red and Umber Brown.
A new finishing method separates small, evenly distributed aluminium particles and high luminosity colours, maximising the brilliance of the exterior colours. Five interior colours will be available: Obsidian Black, Sandstorm Gray, Velvet Burgundy, Tobacco Brown and Vanilla Beige. Two additional interior colours, Sports Gray and Sports Red, will be dedicated to the 3.3T Sport and the high trim 2.0T models.
Driving Character - Agile Yet Safe, Dynamic Yet Quiet
The G70 offers three powertrains – 3.3 litre V6 twin-turbo petrol, 2.0 litre turbo petrol and 2.2 litre diesel. The 3.3 litre V6 twin-turbo is at the heart of the enthusiast-focused “3.3 Turbo Sport models,” with 272 kW and 510 Nm.
G70 3.3T Sport’s dynamic and powerful performance includes 0-100 kph acceleration of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 270 kph. Variable ratio steering and electronically controlled suspension are standard, providing agile steering response and an optimal ride and handling experience.
The G70 turbo petrol model is equipped with the Theta-II turbo 2.0 litre GDI engine, with 185 kW and maximum torque of 353 Nm (Sports package: 188 kW).
The G70 2.2 litre diesel model features the R-FR 2.2 VGT engine with 149 kW and 441 Nm.
Dynamic performance features include:
- Launch Control - maximizes power control during acceleration
- Rack-mounted, motor-driven power steering (R-MDPS) and multi-link rear suspension - provides precise handling and ride comfort
- Dynamic torque vectoring system - improves vehicle cornering control
- Mechanical limited slip differential (M-LSD) – allows safe driving capabilities in low friction road conditions such as rain, snow and ice
The seat positions have been adjusted to lower the center of gravity of the car to maximise performance. To augment the driving experience, the Active Sound Design (ASD) system creates an aural character that reflects the engine load and driving mode settings.
Noise, vibration and harshness have been minimised in the G70 through enhancements in multiple areas, including: vehicle body structure, exhaust system, sound absorption and isolation, suspension and body frame connection, design of side mirrors and door sealing systems.
The performance-focused sedan has been tested under the most challenging environments and surfaces in the world - including Death Valley (U.S.), northern Sweden, the Nürburgring (Germany) and the Alps (Austria) - for driving stability, handling, durability and power delivery.
Following the trend of the G90 and G80, the G70 offers the most comprehensive levels of safety in its class. Overall body stiffness and rigidity have been dramatically strengthened. The G70 has also been designed to help protect other pedestrians – when imminent impact with a pedestrian is detected, its active hood function triggers lifting the hood to absorb shock and minimise the risk of injury.
An unparalleled suite of advanced driver assist systems such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Blind spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Driver Awareness Warning (DAW) have been added as part of the ‘Genesis Active Safety Control’ to offer the highest level of safety and convenience in its class.
The FCA system provides added safety with newly developed technology designed not only to protect vehicles and pedestrians, but also cyclists on the road. It automatically activates emergency braking through integrated radar-camera sensors when detecting bicycles.
‘Genesis Active Safety Control’ is the brand’s newly labeled advanced driver assist system package previously known as ‘Genesis Smart Sense.’
Genesis aims to receive the highest ratings from both international and domestic organisations including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Korea New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP).
Exceptional Comfort and Convenience
The G70 incorporates a diverse range of advanced technologies that deliver ultimate convenience and connectivity.
An example of this technology is the smart posture control system, initially introduced in the G90. When the driver’s body information is input, the system automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, outside mirror and heads-up display to the optimal position, ensuring minimal stress even on long journeys.
The G70 provides a diverse range of advanced convenience and connectivity, including an 8-inch touch screen display supporting MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The G70 will also be the first vehicle in Korea to feature server-based voice recognition technology, using Kakao’s artificial intelligence platform ‘Kakao I.’
For the best audio performance, a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system is equipped to provide an audiophile-level acoustic experience.
Genesis G70 Specifications
|Engine Type||3.3L T-GDI||2.0L T-GDI||2.2L VGT Diesel|
|Max Power (kW)||272||185
(Sports Package: 188)
|Max Torque (Nm)||510||353||441|
Note: All specifications are based on Korean market models
The all-new Kia Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover, and is set to become an important conquest model for Kia in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments.
The B-SUV segment currently accounts for 1.1 million new car sales in Europe each year – around 7 per cent of the market – and is forecast to expand to more than two million annual sales by 2020.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, comments: “By volume, the B-SUV market is expected to overtake the C-SUV segment by 2020, when more than 1 in 10 new cars sold in Europe will be from the Stonic’s segment. The B-SUV segment attracts buyers from across the spectrum, with 21 per cent of all customers upsizing from a supermini, and another 15 per cent downsizing from their family hatchbacks. Cars like the Stonic also appeal to those looking to replace their compact MPVs.
“The Kia Stonic will be one of the most compelling new cars in this rapidly-expanding class, backed by Kia’s unique warranty, and the brand’s reputation for reliability, quality and contemporary design. As the segment expands, the Stonic looks set to become one of our best-selling cars.”
Kia’s latest B-segment crossover is the most customisable Kia ever, inside and out, and boasts true European design flair. The design of the car is one of the brand’s most striking to date, yet it is immediately recognisable as a Kia thanks to key signature design elements, such as the ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Designed in Europe, in collaboration with Kia’s Korean design studio, the body blends sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces. Customisability is important to many customers in the B-SUV segment, and the Stonic’s ‘Targa’-style roof enables buyers to choose a two-tone paint finish, inspired by the design of the 2013 Kia Provo concept. It will be available in up to 20 two-tone colour combinations, with a choice of five distinctive colours for the roof.
A range of lightweight, downsized, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are available, each paired with a manual transmission, maximising driver engagement and efficiency. Buyers have the choice of Kia’s lightweight 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, producing 120 ps (88kW), as well as 1.25- or 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated MPI (multi-point injection) petrol engines. An efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine completes the range, offering the lowest emissions in the line-up.
The car’s European-tuned steering and suspension are designed to offer an exciting drive, with immediate handling responses and a stable ride. The car is fitted as standard with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), ensuring the front-wheel drive Stonic remains enjoyable and confidence-inspiring to drive in all conditions. Specific functions of VSM include Torque Vectoring by Braking, Straight Line Stability, and Cornering Brake Control.
The Stonic’s European-designed cabin places technology and ergonomics at its heart, offering buyers as much potential for customisation as the exterior with a range of vivid colour packs for buyers to choose from. One of the smartest cars in its class, it provides owners with a range of new chassis and infotainment technologies designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience. The car gets Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as standard, bringing seamless smartphone functionality to the touchscreen infotainment system. Like other Kia models, it is available with a broad range of technologies to enhance comfort and convenience, including heated front seats, automatic cruise control and keyless entry.
Within its compact exterior dimensions, the Stonic’s smart packaging maximises interior space for all occupants. The car offers class-leading shoulder room and generous leg- and head-room, while the highly versatile 352-litre (VDA) luggage bay expands or shrinks as required with a two-step boot floor.
The car is built on a strong, safe and lightweight platform and bodyshell, with Advanced High Strength Steel accounting for 51 per cent of materials used. The body ensures driving confidence, passenger comfort and refinement in all conditions. Buyers can choose from a selection of Kia’s DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to further enhance active safety. These technologies include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)* with pedestrian recognition and Forward Collision Alert (FCA); Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA); and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). Backed by a new fusion camera system, Stonic offers High Beam Assist (HBA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) to further satisfy the safety needs of customers.
Backed by Kia’s quality promise, the car will be sold as standard with the company’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty. It goes on sale across Europe during the third quarter of 2017.
Hyundai Motor unveiled its updated Sonata model, showing the flagship sedan for the first time at the design-focused Dongdaemun Design Plaza, an iconic, cultural landmark of Korea’s capital.
The new Sonata builds on the success of previous generations of the car while introducing a number of dramatic design changes that are aligned with Hyundai’s evolving design philosophy. This progressive design approach results in a bolder, more sophisticated exterior, with precise lines and distinctive styling cues that reflect Hyundai Motor’s latest design language. The new Sonata will also continue the model’s strong reputation for performance, with driving dynamics coupled with an unsurpassed suite of advanced safety offerings.
Exterior design evolution increases style and desirability
The bold new styling of Sonata aligns the car with Hyundai’s evolving design philosophy. The precise lines and distinctive styling cues create an un-conventional and eye-catching style, reflecting Hyundai Motor’s latest design language. At the front of the sedan, the new grille combines with the vertical LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and the narrower headlights, which are engulfed by the sculpted hood, for a more dynamic purposeful appearance. The larger, more prominent ‘cascading grille’ symbolises the flow of molten steel, while also emulating the elegant shape of a Korean celadon vase.
Continuing this theme, the chrome on the front lower spoiler flows out toward the outer edges of the car, while the sleek and sensuously sculpted lines at the side are also complimented by chrome trim around the windows. From the side, the car’s designers have created a more dynamic attitude in the side profile by enlarging the trunk lid to counterbalance the lower, wider front radiator grille, making the hood appear longer and sleeker.
The large Sonata lettering and Hyundai logo added to the centre of the trunk lid projects visual self-confidence, with the top portion of the badge also cleverly housing the truck release button. Other fine details such as new distinctive taillight graphics and dramatic illumination add interest to the rear, while the rear license plate holder has also been moved downwards from the trunk lid to the lower bumper, boosting the car’s distinctive design flair.
The 17-inch directional spoked wheels add to the sense of purpose, with two new 18-inch alloy wheel designs also added to the line-up to offer a wider choice of styles for customers.
Further design enhancements have been made for the 2.0L Turbo petrol model, which is available in North American, Australian and other selected markets. The front receives a sporty mesh radiator grille that is augmented by black bezel headlamps, black DRL surrounds, black lower front bumper and black side mirror casings.
Other enhancements for the Turbo model include dark chrome moulding for the lower side body, door handles and rear lamp moulding. The rear diffuser and dual exhaust mufflers are also adorned with chrome, to complete the car’s premium appearance.
Interior enhancements increase style and refinement
Inside the new Sonata, the centre console stack has been enhanced with larger features to create a more visually-striking appearance. Revised audio and heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) controls are given ‘piano key’ buttons, enhancing the car’s premium feel, while a seven-inch colour touchscreen display comes as standard on every new Sonata model, in South Korea. A larger 8-inch Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) system will be made available as an option.
All trims have updated steering wheels with a new sportier three-spoke design. The 2.0L Turbo version receives a flat-bottomed steering wheel to reflect the sporty nature of the more powerful car. The range-topping Turbo also benefits from more aggressively bolstered front seats and sporty gear knob that allows the driver to select one of four drive modes – Comfort, Eco, Sport and Smart – with the latter mode switching automatically between the first three options depending on the driver’s current style of driving.
Added technology increases connectivity and convenience
New connectivity solutions have been added to further the Sonata’s class-leading levels of in-car technology, including an additional USB charge port, conveniently positioned on the rear of the centre console. Wireless smartphone charging capability is available, with drivers now able to charge compatible devices simply by placing then in the space at the bottom of the centre console, with no need for intrusive cables.
The new Sonata completes its advanced suite of connectivity solutions by providing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard.
Class-leading safety standards
The revised Sonata will build on its reputation for offering the most comprehensive advanced safety systems in the mid-size sedan segment. Hyundai Motor demonstrates its commitment to caring for customers by offering the most advanced safety technologies and latest convenience features.
New safety-focused technologies extend to the option of a Lane Departure Warning system assisted by a Lane Keep Assist function, as well as High Beam Assist and Dynamic Bending Lights that are designed to make driving at night easier and safer. Also notable is Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
Rewarding driving dynamics
The new Sonata’s driving experience is enhanced further through the addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission to the 2.0L Turbo model and paddle shifters on the 1.6L Turbo model. The acclaimed powertrain set-up options from the current generation of Sonata remain available.
Hyundai has revealed the first rendering of its new range-topping G90 luxury sedan, which is named EQ900 in Korea. The elegantly designed, technology packed G90 hints at the recently-launched Genesis brand’s design identity and future direction. Woong-Chul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center and Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor, said, “Genesis’ new large luxury sedan G90 will deliver a concept of ‘New Luxury’ to our customers. The G90 sits at the pinnacle of the Genesis brand and demonstrates how we apply our human-centered values to give our customer true satisfaction in every aspect of the vehicle ownership experience.”
As the Genesis brand’s flagship model, G90 is a blueprint for change and innovation that will distinguish the Genesis brand. Majoring on ‘human-centred’ technology combined with engaging driving dynamics, G90 boasts a raft of world-best safety features and technological innovations to set itself apart in the luxury market.
G90 also showcases the Genesis brand’s hallmark design style ‘Athletic Elegance’, interpreted by the newly-formed Prestige Design Division to bring graceful and profound elegance to G90’s significant proportions. Crowned by the Genesis emblem, the grand radiator grille combined with sophisticated headlamps communicates the car’s dynamic, future-orientated character. A theme that flows along a body-length character line to the long and agile rear lamp cluster completes the Athletic Elegance of G90.
Hyundai created the Genesis brand for a new generation of discerning consumers. Capitalising on its success in the fast-growing global car market, Hyundai will launch six new Genesis models by 2020. The launch of G90 is scheduled for early December in Korea.