There isn’t too much wrong with the current Genesis G70. In 2019, it was the MotorTrend Car of the Year, and we’ve been living with one for the last 12 months as part of a long-term test. It’s had a few issues, but it’s thus far satisfied overall. As one of the earliest dedicated Genesis models to be designed, however, the G70 currently looks nothing like the rest of the lineup—but a recently leaked photo of the refresh shows Genesis has plans to fix that.
The leaked images first appeared on TheKoreanCarBlog.com, and the look shows the brand’s shield grille is now being applied here, as it has already on the G80 and the G90. (Careful observers will note that the lower intake of the pre-refresh G70 previewed this “shield grille” shape via some carefully placed lines in the mesh.) The new car will also adopt the double-strip headlight design seen on the GV80 SUV, as opposed to the more conventional single unit in place on the current G70. The look is bound to be polarizing, and, as these images aren’t the best, the car might turn out to look less like an angry, cybernetic fish stalking its prey when viewed in person.
The rear end re-do is significantly tamer even as it, too, has been brought in line with the G80, G90, and GV80 with double-strip taillights, as well as new exhaust outlets. The specific car in the leak also features a “2.0” badge on the car’s rump, indicating the G70 is highly likely to carry forward its existing turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and not adopt the company’s new Smartstream turbo 2.5-liter. The twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 will likely still be the optional powertrain choice.