Sunday Drive: Genesis adds a new sedan to its lineup with the 2022 G70 | News, Sports, Jobs


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The exterior of the new 2022 Genesis G70.

After spending a week with what is arguably the best looking Genesis sedan to date, we were in total agreement that this was going to be a great addition to the young automaker’s stable. We found it to be a lot of fun to drive and completely engaging at a price you wouldn’t expect in a luxury sedan.

Genesis now has a total of seven models in its lineup: three sedans, three SUVs and a new electrified G80 sedan. In the past six months we’ve had the opportunity to ride in two of the SUVs and now also in two of the sedan models.

Our last experience was in the G80 sedan in July. It was fitted with the smallest of the engines on offer, a 2.5-liter turbo producing 300 horsepower in the larger sedan. This time around, the G70 that arrived with us came with the larger of the two options: a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine from the last G70 that put out up to 373 horsepower in sport mode.

Of the two different experiments, we had to vote for the more powerful V6 engine, even though we got almost 3 miles per gallon more on the smaller engine of the larger vehicle. The added power has given the Genesis a whole new dimension.

Luxury is something that many more people look for in their daily driving life. However, we have found that when combined with a sportier mix, it makes meeting the vehicle even more enjoyable, especially when it comes in sedan form, as the G70 proves.

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The exterior of the new 2022 Genesis G70.

Just having the extra power under the hood gives the driver more confidence, even if they never really use the full potential that is included. After a week with the G70, we really didn’t want to give it up as we looked forward to driving it while doing simple daily chores like going to the grocery store.

The sedan’s switch to sport mode seemed to unleash an inner being that would come out and propel the G70 with a completely different exhaust note as well as a stiffer driving experience. It was almost like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, if you will.

At this point, the G70 had enough power to really move, hitting 60 in just 4.9 seconds. It might not be the fastest car in the luxury sport sedan market, but for less than $ 50,000, it would meet our needs while keeping most others in the rearview mirror.

All that fun is wrapped in a skin that would rival any of the current luxury brands on the market. The new look of the G70 is heavily planted with a front end that radiates confidence and excitement.

The only additional package included in our test drive was the Sports Advanced package ($ 4,300). It came with all kinds of goodies, including 19-inch wheels with all-season tires and a huge panoramic sunroof that when opened gave an almost convertible feel to the ride.

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The exterior of the new 2022 Genesis G70.

In addition, there were ventilated front seats, aluminum trim with a sporty motif throughout the cabin, a variable exhaust system, wireless charging and an extremely confident Lexicon 15-speaker audio system.

We have to stop here and take a break from the Lexicon brand as it is legendary in the professional audio industry, creating the absolute best gear to add special effects such as reverb and delay to any sound environment. live. They’ve always set the standard for others to strive for, so we thought it was appropriate that Genesis included them in a car audio environment. Hopefully, setting a standard that others will try to achieve is one of the goals of the Genesis brand.

Luxury surrounded us inside the new Genesis, our week-long drive in Utah County. The seats were of course covered in nappa leather and quilted, and were both heated and cooled.

A new 10.25-inch high-definition touchscreen takes up most of the center console and is used for navigation, radio, and other infotainment needs. We loved that it’s configurable and splits the screen using different information. The air conditioning controls were located under this screen and were fairly easy to use.

Our week with the G70 included an evening at the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Pillar of the Valley event. We were able to take Christi (Craig’s sister) and her husband, Ray, with us while we were surrounded by all the included Genesis luxury. It was a great night for an event featuring the legendary Alan Osmond and all the wonderful things he and his family have done to make Utah County a better place to live.

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The exterior of the new 2022 Genesis G70.

From a safety standpoint, the G70 is packed with everything we’ve come to expect from a luxury brand, including forward collision avoidance and assist, blind spot monitoring, and avoidance assist. , rear cross-traffic alert and avoidance, intelligent navigation-based cruise control and lane-keeping assistance. .

We especially liked the intelligent navigation-based cruise control which helps to increase and decrease speeds depending on the turns and turns ahead when the cruise is set.

Luxury can now be achieved in an impressive Genesis-branded sedan at a more affordable price than you might think.

Base price: $ 44,200

Destination load: $ 1,045

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The interior of the new 2022 Genesis G70.

Price as led: $ 49,545

The interior of the new 2022 Genesis G70.

The interior of the new 2022 Genesis G70.

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