2022 Genesis G70 Preview
- New front and rear styling
- Redesigned aluminum wheels
- Upgraded instrumentation and infotainment
- Manual transmission is no longer available
- New Sports+ and Drift modes are available
- Added safety features
Critically acclaimed, the Genesis G70 shows just how hard it is for a new luxury brand to gain traction against established marques. Perhaps a comprehensive refresh for the 2022 Genesis G70 will change the compact sports sedan’s fortunes.
The new 2022 G70 gets updated styling, enhanced drivetrains, and new safety and infotainment technologies. It continues to offer a turbocharged 4-cylinder or twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Genesis drops the manual gearbox option, so if you want to row your own gears, act now, not later.
In short order, Genesis has transformed the look of its cars and SUVs with what it calls an “Athletic Elegance” design language. For the Genesis G70, this means a new front end wearing a crest-style grille with a mesh insert and quad-LED headlights.
Designers punch new air extractor vents into the front fenders just behind the wheel wells, and four new aluminum wheels are available. Around back, the 2022 G70 has matching quad-LED taillights, a redesigned bumper, and a new trunk lid with revised badging.
Genesis says the home-market Korean-spec G70 will come in 14 paint colors, including two new metallic hues and three factory-applied matte finishes.
As this preview is published, Genesis has not revealed the G70’s interior. We know that it gets a larger instrumentation cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display, and new acoustic windshield and front door glass. Otherwise, the car will likely continue with a driver-focused cabin that has a cramped back seat.
Genesis confirms that the 2022 G70 will be available with Digital Key, which uses Near Field Communication technology to transform your smartphone into a digital key that unlocks the doors and starts the engine.
Additionally, the new Genesis G70 will offer an Intelligent Front Lighting System, a built-in dashboard camera, and an improved wireless smartphone charger. Expect leatherette, leather, and premium leather options to continue, along with a surround-view camera, a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, and more.
Genesis carries over the G70’s two engines. The standard power plant is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 252 horsepower, while the optional twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 engine generates 365 horsepower.
If you prefer to use a clutch pedal and shift for yourself, know that the 2022 Genesis G70 loses its manual transmission option. That leaves an 8-speed automatic with shift paddles to power the car’s rear wheels. All-wheel drive remains an option.
Perhaps to appease the “save the manuals” crowd, Genesis adds a new Sports+ driving mode to the G70, and the 3.3T equipped with the Sports Package gains a variable-valve exhaust system for a more aggressive sound. With the Dynamic AWD system, a Drift mode allows the car to paint lurid black stripes on the pavement.
According to Genesis, the 2022 G70 benefits from improved advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), but the company doesn’t explain what that means.
Expect the G70 to include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability and navigation integration for automatic slowing for upcoming curves. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and lane-centering assistance are all confirmed for the car.
Multi-collision braking is new, designed to bring the G70 to a stop as soon as is possible following a collision to prevent occupant injury in secondary crashes. Genesis will also include a rear-seat reminder system to prevent parents from accidentally leaving a child inside of the G70 and a Safe Exit Warning system that alerts occupants when traffic is approaching from the rear.
Logic would also dictate that the G70 will be available with Highway Drive Assist, a Level 2 technology that eases driver effort during long highway trips.
Genesis will add a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system to the 2022 G70, complete with over-the-air software update capability. Highlights include Phone Connect (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Home Connect (to home voice assistants), a Valet Mode (to protect sensitive data), and Genesis CarPay (new automated payment technology).
Voice recognition helps the driver to manage the technology, while remote 360-degree viewing of the car and its surroundings is available via a smartphone app. Naturally, premium sound systems will be available. Currently, the Genesis G70 offers an optional 15-speaker Lexicon system.
Genesis is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of October 20, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.