The Genesis G70 has received a heart transplant, ditching its entry-level turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine for a more powerful turbo 2.5-litre.

    The updated sedan and Shooting Brake range is on sale in Korea now, and is coming to Australia in the fourth quarter of 2023.

    Genesis Australia has yet to detail local pricing and specifications, and confirm whether the 2.5-litre is coming here. The related Kia Stinger received a turbo 2.5-litre in markets like Korea and the US in 2020, but it never came here.

    The sedan and Shooting Brake’s new turbo 2.5-litre produces 227kW of power and 422Nm of torque, up 48kW and 69Nm on the outgoing turbo 2.0-litre.

    It joins the carryover 274kW/510Nm twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6, which continues to be offered exclusively in the sedan.

    In Korea at least, all models gain standard Brembo brakes, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

    Genesis’ Korean press release also makes note of adaptive suspension being fitted. This is currently exclusive to Sport models in Australia.

    The G70 gains Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, which automatically adjusts the driving speed when there’s a new speed limit.

    The updated model is distinguished externally with new 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, Genesis’ new thinner Guilloché emblems, and new exterior colours like Bartna Grey and Kawah Blue.

    Inside, there’s new touch-capacitive climate control switchgear, a frameless rear-view mirror and a USB-C charging port.

    There’s also a revised steering wheel featuring Genesis’ new emblem, as well as tweaked inlays and other detail changes.

    New two-tone interior colourways include: Obsidian Black and Fog Grey; Obsidian Black and Vanilla Beige; and Forest Blue and Vanilla Beige.

    Despite gaining a second body style last year, the G70 was still the second lowest-volume Genesis in Australia ahead of only the G80 sedan (94 sales vs 81 sales).

    The related GV70 crossover outsold it by more than five-to-one (499 sales).

    The G70 first entered production in 2017 but arrived here in 2019, receiving a substantial mid-life facelift in 2021.

    MORE: Everything Genesis G70

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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