Genesis has doubled the size of its SUV range.

    Here next year, the 2021 Genesis GV70 will go head-to-head with the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLC in Australia.

    Like the larger GV80, the GV70 wears a distinctive face and a large shield grille up front. The roof line is raked aggressively at the rear, and there’s a prominent shark fin behind the rear door.

    The rounded boot and prominent diffuser at the back are reminiscent of the Porsche Macan, although the split tail lights are pure Genesis.

    Sport models have a different front bumper, dark chrome trim, a larger exhaust, and unique 21-inch alloy wheels.

    Inside, the GV70 shares its single-spoke steering wheel with the GV80, though the Sport model has a different steering wheel.

    There’s a prominent horizontal line running across the dashboard, while the climate control binnacle is a touch panel in an oval housing that runs across the driver’s side of the cabin.

    Genesis hasn’t confirmed the screen size of the GV70, but it’s likely the same 14.5-inch display used in the larger GV80.

    Expect a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines to be offered in the GV70 depending on market, with four- and six-cylinder models to be offered. It’s unclear whether any form of electrification will be available from launch.

    Genesis is finding its feet in Australia, although the rollout of the GV80 SUV and its GV70 smaller brother will help drive sales.

    It opened its first boutique in Sydney last year, and followed it up with a more conventional showroom in Parramatta. The brand initially planned to set up a second boutique in Melbourne during 2020, but has been forced to delay its opening.

    The company has sold just 127 cars to date in 2020, fewer than Citroen and Ferrari, and just three sales ahead of Bentley. It does, however, represent an improvement on the 84 it had sold to the same point in 2019.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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