Korean luxury brand Genesis has given an early preview of its upcoming rival to the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

    The all-new 2021 Genesis GV70 has been teased, with near-production prototypes to start testing on Korean public roads in the coming weeks. An Australian launch has been pegged for sometime in 2021.

    In a series of official images published this week, the Genesis GV70 prototype is wrapped in a ‘G-Matrix’ camouflage, which the company says highlights the vehicle’s distinctive design details.

    Genesis’s “dynamic midsize SUV” will slot below the larger GV80 in the brand’s ever-growing line-up, becoming the second SUV model in the company’s portfolio.

    Not much official detail has been released regarding the GV70’s specifications, and it’s unclear whether the GV70 will be based on the same platform as the G70 and Kia Stinger or use a shortened version of the new platform underpinning the new G80 and GV80.

    Regardless, the new crossover’s design will be bold and distinctive like its stablemates, featuring eye-catching double-LED strip lighting for the headlights and tail-lights, and a strong, upright front-end.

    Expect a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines to be offered 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.

    Key rivals will include mid-size luxury crossovers like the aforementioned Q5, X3 and GLC from Germany, as well as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Jaguar F-Pace and Volvo XC60.

    Further details regarding the GV70’s drivetrains and available features will be detailed when the new SUV is fully revealed. We’re expecting an official unveiling in the coming month or so.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the latest, and let us know your thoughts on the GV70’s design in the comments.

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    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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