2021 Genesis G70 Shooting Brake estate revealed
New G70 Shooting Brake will rival the BMW 3 Series Touring
- Features 40% more boot space than the G70 saloon
- Will be available with a range of petrol engines, and possibly a diesel engine
- Likely to go on sale towards the end of the year
This is the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake estate. It's the fifth model to be announced by the Korean luxury brand and will be a direct rival to upmarket estates including the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant.
Earlier this month, Genesis revealed its plans to launch in Europe this summer with the G80 saloon and GV80 SUV. The smaller G70 saloon and GV70 SUV models are slated to arrive later in 2021, with the G70 Shooting Brake going on sale towards the end of the year.
2021 Genesis G70 Shooting Brake: design and practicality
The G70 Shooting Brake features several styling cues from other Genesis models, with a quadruple LED strip headlight setup surrounding the large front grille and lower air intakes. Large ten-spoke alloy wheels are also fitted, featuring a gunmetal paint finish.
There’s a wraparound roof spoiler at the rear of the car, with a quad LED tail-light arrangement running from the rear quarter panel into the tailgate. Beneath this, a large pair of integrated exhausts sit above a rear diffuser.
The car’s roofline features a swooping profile leading to a windowless rear C-pillar that gives a sleek look. While the overall dimensions of the estate are identical to the G70 saloon, Genesis claims the extended roofline has increased boot space by 40% overall. Seats that fold in a 40/20/40 split add to the car’s practicality.
Interior and technology
The interior is carried over from the G70 saloon and features quilted leather-trimmed seats, matching dashboard trim inserts and rotary dials and switches finished in aluminium. The onboard technology is also likely to be identical to the saloon, with a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, wireless smartphone charging and a 360-degree camera all fitted as standard.
While the engine range has yet to be confirmed, we’d expect the G70 Shooting Brake to get the same powertrain options as the saloon. This would mean a choice of two petrol engines: an entry-level 251bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder and a flagship 3.3-litre V6 producing 368bhp. A diesel could also be offered for high-mileage drivers in the form of a 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 199bhp.
What does it mean for car buyers?
The arrival of the Genesis name in the UK is an attempt by Hyundai to take on well-established premium brands such as BMW and Audi. While the G70 Shooting Brake is a stylish car, the current lack of a hybrid or diesel powertrain, which is readily available in its nearest rivals, could make it less appealing to buyers. However, if the brand can price it competitively, then it could be a tempting alternative to the mainstream German competitors.
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