Genesis G70 joins entry-level luxury sedan race

The sporty Genesis G70 joins the entry-level luxury sedan segment this summer, complete with a manual option for driving purists.

The G70, which makes its U.S. debut Wednesday during the New York auto show, will have three powertrain configurations in the U.S. market and five trim packages. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

The G70 powertrain menu has a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine available for the eight-speed automatic and six-speed manual variants. It also has a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. Manual is offered only on the 2.0-liter option.

The 2.0-liter RWD automatic version achieves 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The G70’s sporty focus and manual offering could help the sedan break through in the segment while drawing some consumers back to sedans, said Brian Smith, COO of Hyundai Motor America. The G70 went on sale in South Korea last year.

“A lot of people love that sporty feel. The car is driving really well,” Smith told Automotive News. “There always a pendulum. There are people who probably did move to an SUV a few years ago that go, ‘I kind of miss the sporty feel of getting in a car and feeling the driving dynamics.'”

The G70’s interior features aluminum surfaces, quilted Nappa leather seats, stainless steel speaker grilles and stitched soft-touch surfaces.

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