New 2021 Genesis GV70 SUV to go on sale from £39,450

Prices have been revealed for the BMW X3-rivalling Genesis GV70 mid-size SUV

Genesis has confirmed UK prices and specifications for the new GV70 - the brand’s first entrant in the mid-size premium SUV market, and a rival for the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

It will go on sale in the UK on 1 September and will be offered in three trim levels and with two engines - a petrol and a diesel offering. Prices will start from £39,450 and every version is all-wheel-drive as standard. 

The GV70 is based on the same platform as the new G70 saloon. From launch, petrol power is covered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit producing 300bhp and sending drive to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic.

The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel uses the same eight-speed gearbox and produces 199bhp, and this is where the £39,450 starting price comes in, for the GV70 in Premium Line trim. The petrol line-up starts from £41,000. 

Sport Line and Luxury Line models make up the rest of the range, introducing sportier touches to the GV70 inside and out, and additional standard equipment. Sport Line adds 21-inch alloy wheels, a more aggressive front bumper, dark chrome exterior trim and a larger diameter exhaust system. Inside, the upgrade package features a unique sports steering wheel and a range of carbon fibre trim.

The Genesis GV70’s design follows the same styling language as the G70 saloon, sharing a near-identical triangular radiator grille and kindred quad LED headlamps – a design choice which is echoed at the rear with a set of similarly styled LED tail lights.

Inside, the SUV features a blend of leather upholstery and aluminium trim, which are shaped into a design language inspired by aviation aerodynamics. For example, the trim pieces around the heater controls and the door handles are both designed to look like aircraft wings. 

Elsewhere, there’s a pair of large infotainment screens – one mounted atop the dashboard for navigation and media functions and one placed in front of the driver instead of a conventional instruments. 

The screens can be controlled using an iDrive-style rotary knob, which is mounted on a high centre console, similar in design to the unit found in the latest Hyundai Tucson. Genesis has also added a customisable interior ambient lighting system and an extra digital panel in the centre console to control the GV70’s heating and ventilation functions.

What do you make of the new Genesis GV70? Let us know in the comments section below…

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