A new challenger has thrown down the gauntlet and entered the cut-throat luxury compact SUV arena, the 2022 Genesis GV70. Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has been knocking them over the fence this year with every new vehicle lineup wearing the brand’s diamonds-are-forever grille. From what we can see, the GV70 is looking like another home run. Details are still vague, but Genesis did release exterior and interior photos of the 2022 GV70.
Starting with the exterior, the 2022 Genesis GV70 is vastly different from its German competitions like the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and GLC-Class from Mercedes-Benz, which is good. Why spend money on a luxury vehicle only to blend in with everybody else? Genesis states it uses an “Athletic Elegance” design philosophy to shape the GV70. The SUV’s profile features a parabolic line that starts at the headlight and travels down the vehicle’s side in a downward slope. It gives the illusion that the SUV is slicing through the air even when it’s parked. At the rear, the GV70 features split-dual tail lights. The overall design is smoother than polished marble.
We think the Genesis GV70 interior looks even better! The GV70’s interior layout incorporates a minimalist design to create a space of elegance and confidence. It doesn’t need to prove it’s a luxury SUV. It knows you already know. Not flashy, just tasteful. While other auto manufacturers are focused on replacing everything with a giant square screen, the GV70 gives us ovals. You can see them in the door handles, the center console, and on the controls tucked under the steering wheel—the interior sports a two-tone split in color throughout the cabin. The steering is our favorite aesthetic, a simple two-spoke steering wheel that manages to look modern while inspiring nostalgia at the same time.
Genesis has not released information on pricing or engine options for the 2022 GV70. The official launch is scheduled for late 2020. We assume the GV70 will be rear-wheel drive with optional all-wheel drive, based on predictions and market trends. Engine options will probably start with an entry-level like Genesis 300 horsepower, 2.5-liter turbocharged engine and move up to a 3.3 or 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 producing well over 350 hp. Enough performance to match its premium.