Sick of crossovers? Genesis has something for you.
The 2021 Genesis G70 Shooting Brake is the Korean luxury brand’s first station wagon, and it’s set to launch here in the third quarter of 2021.
It’s been developed with the European market in mind, where Genesis will begin selling cars later this year and where wagons still do a decent trade.
The Shooting Brake is based on the updated G70 sedan, due here in June 2021.
The company’s European operations have released a teaser of the Shooting Brake’s rear.
It shows a sleek tailgate that, while clearly not designed for maximum load-lugging ability, will give the long-roof G70 far superior practicality to the sedan.
Powertrains haven’t been confirmed for the Shooting Brake, though the sedan will offer two.
There’s a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 185kW of power (187kW in Sport models) and 353Nm of torque, plus a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 with 272kW and 510Nm.
Both engines will get a new Sports+ drive mode, while the V6 gets a variable exhaust.
Diesel and all-wheel drive options are expected to remain off-limits to Australia, with the latter adding a new drift mode.
The updated G70 sedan and new Shooting Brake get the latest in Hyundai Motor Group safety technology, with the outgoing car’s blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert upgraded to blind-spot assist and rear cross-traffic assist.
That means these systems will apply the brakes if you continue to head towards the path of another vehicle after the system warns you.
There’s also lane-following assist, safe exit warning, and a rear occupant alert.
Inside, there’s a new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a Genesis-specific user interface.
The factory satellite navigation supports over-the-air updates, while the adaptive cruise control also draws speed limit information from the satellite navigation.
While Genesis is thankfully (but unusually) introducing a wagon in the SUV-hungry Australian market, it also has plenty of SUV options planned.
An electric crossover on the dedicated E-GMP all-electric architecture is due here before the end of 2021, though spy photos show a design that’s more sleek hatchback than boxy SUV.