If the excellent Genesis G70 sports sedan has ever tickled your fancy, you might want to put in an order soon. A report from Korean newspaper Korea JoongAng Daily claims that the Genesis G70 is getting discontinued after just one generation with no direct successor.
“Recently, there was an official announcement within the company that it officially halted the development of RN2, a project name for the next G70,” a source directly related to the project said.
“This is the first time Hyundai announced the halt, although there were so many rumors about the temporary halt [of the development],” the source added. “Weak sales is the main reason.”
Given the recent discontinuation of the G70’s Kia Stinger GT sister car, it shouldn’t be terribly surprising that Genesis is reevaluating the compact sports sedan segment. A decade ago, it felt like every other new car on the road was a leased F30 BMW 320i. Nowadays? Everything’s a crossover. Between crumbling roads, a desire for practicality, and the ever-increasing height of hip points, the compact sports sedan has become a niche product. Although the G70 has consistently had its best sales year ever in 2022, yearly U.S. volume of 12,469 cars usually isn’t enough to sustain what was intended to be a volume product, especially when global sales are sliding. It’s a shame because the Genesis G70 was a rather good sports sedan.
Sure, it could’ve used a little more damping out back and rear legroom bordered on theoretical, but the G70 is a fun, feisty sports sedan that offers genuine thrills with solid everyday practicality. It’s not nearly as hardcore as a Toyota GR86 or Nissan Z, but it offers a solid 75 percent of the fun that a dedicated sports coupe offers. The 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 is a cannonball of a motor, the steering is remarkably precise, and the availability of a proper limited-slip rear differential aids both rotation and corner-exit traction. For an entry-level rear-wheel-drive product, it’s a night-and-day difference between a Genesis G70 and a Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
However, the real disappointment isn’t that a successor might not happen, it’s that work had already started on a follow-up. While a 2021 facelift brought the G70 in line with current Genesis styling language, the interior is still effectively a generation old, from a time before Genesis really spread its wings and produced cabins that made designers from Motown to Munich go slack-jawed in amazement. Every other Genesis product from GV60 electric crossover to G90 flagship sedan is at or near the top of their respective segments when it comes to interior design and construction, so the possibility of a G70 with a cabin to take down the 3-Series was something worth salivating over.
[Editor’s Note: It’s worth noting that at one point the G70 came with a stick. I’ve driven it! It’s cool, and very, very rare. -DT].
For now, the Genesis G70 looks like it’ll continue to be sold for a few years. Global markets just received a feisty new base engine with a big power bump over the outgoing two-liter turbocharged four-banger, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this new motor stateside. If you’re in the market for a fun daily driver that has to do it all, you owe it to yourself to put the G70 on your shortlist. As with many combustion-powered enthusiast cars right now, it’s a case of enjoying it while you can, because new models won’t be made forever.
(Photo credits: Genesis)
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