May 20, 2016 at 3:05 pm by Joseph Capparella | Photography by Marc Urbano and The Korean Car Blog
Just four short years from now, Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand plans to have a fully fleshed-out lineup of six models, all of which will ride on dedicated rear-drive platforms. Sounds ambitious, right? A new report from The Korean Car Blog sheds some light on the specifics of these new cars, thanks to a slideshow image that purports to show the Genesis brand’s timeline from now until 2020.
The first three cars hardly come as a surprise. We’ve already seen the full-size G90 flagship sedan, and the G80 mid-size luxury sedan is simply a rebadged version of the current Hyundai Genesis—with a possible twin-turbo V-6 engine coming soon. The G70, referred to as a “Near Luxury Sedan” on the timeline, was previewed by the Genesis New York Concept (pictured above) shown earlier this year, and will go up against the BMW 3-series, among others, when it arrives in 2017.
It’s what comes after 2017 that’s more interesting. Next after the G70 will be a “Mid Luxury SUV,” which sounds to us like a competitor to the BMW X5 and Audi Q7. Expect it to ride on the same platform as the G80 and G90, with all-wheel drive offered and a possible third row of seats. A “Near Luxury SUV” is also on the menu, which most likely will use a version of the G70’s platform in its quest to go up against the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The vague silhouettes shown on the timeline image don’t give away much about these new crossovers, but they do seem to promise the same swept-back headlight design seen on the G90, along with relatively upright greenhouses that shy away from the coupe-like nonsense seen on vehicles like the BMW X6 and X4 (and their imitators). We’re also not sure what naming conventions the SUV models will follow, given that Lexus already uses the GX name.
Last but not least, the “Near Luxury Sport Coupe” shown on the slide confirms previous rumors of a two-door version of the G70 that will compete with the BMW 4-series. We’ve previously reported on a possible high-performance version of this coupe that will be tuned by Hyundai’s “N” performance division. Albert Biermann, who is heading up that new sub-brand, suggested earlier this year that the N-tuned coupe could use a high-output version of the company’s 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 to produce upwards of 400 horsepower. In other words, watch out, BMW M4.