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The G70 Shooting Brake is the first Genesis designed for Europe

Hyundai’s posh sibling unveils an estate ahead of its European launch this summer

Published: 12 May 2021
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Just last week we brought you the news that Genesis, Hyundai-Kia’s posh brand, was to introduce its cars to Europe and the UK at some point this summer. At the time, we were also told that a specific designed-for-Europe model was on its way.

Lo and behold, here it is – the all-new, Europe-only Genesis G70 Shooting Brake.

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Questionable use of the shooting brake moniker aside, it’s a very exciting thing. It looks fantastic, with a kind-of floating rear spoiler and those Genesis-signature quad LED lights front and rear. Worth remembering that Genesis’s design director is ex-Lamborghini and Bentley man Luc Donckerwolke.

For reference, the G70 SB is the same size as the saloon (itself a relative of the Kia Stinger) so measures in at nearly 4.7m long and 1.85m wide. Genesis says the estate gets 40 per cent more boot space over the saloon, although that hatch opening does look rather narrow doesn’t it?

The interior is as you’d expect from a premium brand these days – lots of quilted leather and shiny metals. All very lovely. Looks like there’ll be plenty of actual buttons and clickwheels too. Result.

There’s no word on powertrains as of yet, but in other parts of the world the G70 saloon is offered with either a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder or a much more exciting-sounding twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6. Both engines can be combined with either rear- or four-wheel drive.

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We’ll have ours as a rear-wheel drive, V6-engined estate, thanks Genesis.

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