A prototype has been discovered for the second of three planned crossover SUVs in Genesis.
The prototype is for a small SUV that is expected to have a GV70. Think of a Korean rival for the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Genesis said at its 2015 launch that it will have six different models by the end of 2020, two of which will be SUVs. However, it added a third SUV to the plans in 2017 as growth in the segment soared. The first Genesis SUV has already arrived in the form of a 2021 GV80 meter.
The small GV70 should be tilting in late 2020 or early next year, and to complete the trio it will be a compact SUV with a GV60. It will face the Audi A3 and BMW X1, and its timing is unclear, but a debut is expected in 2021.
The GV70’s styling themes are similar to those of the GV80, though it features a more coupe-like profile that is likely to limit headroom at the rear. The production rear lights are missing, although we can see that they will have a divided design. The look was first seen in the 2018 Essentia concept and has become a central design theme for the Genesis line.
It’s unclear which platform the GV70 supports, but a good bet is a shared architecture borrowed from a redesigned Hyundai Tucson that’s also underway. Powertrains must include 4-cylinder options and possibly a plug-in hybrid.
Genesis has just released an updated G90 and new G80 and GV80 models. However, there is more to the pipeline. Beyond this GV70 and the smaller GV60, we will see an updated G70 and new coupe and compact hatch models, possibly both powered by battery power.