- the genesis g70 will add a wagon variant, possibly called a shooting brake, when it is refreshed for 2022.
- at the same time, it may lose its manual transmission option in the u.s.
- we don't know if the g70 wagon will come to the u.s., but we hope it will.
these spy photos confirm some good news: the genesis g70 sports sedan will spawn a wagon variant soon. but that good news is accompanied by a few bits of bad news, too. for one, we cannot assume that this wagon (which genesis will possibly call a shooting brake) will come to the u.s. market. and genesis already told our colleagues at road & track that the updated 2022 g70 will no longer offer a manual transmission.
while the g70 wagon in these spy photos is heavily camouflaged, its longroof shape is unmistakeable. we can also see that the g70 will adopt similar styling cues as its recently revealed g80 and gv80 siblings, as we can see new headlight and taillight designs underneath the coverings. in the european market, the g70 shooting brake will compete with wagon versions of the audi a4, bmw 3-series, and mercedes c-class; the only wagons in this segment sold in the u.s. are the audi a4 allroad and the volvo v60.
the 2022 g70 will also adopt the updated, more powerful engines found in the g80 and gv80, as we expect its base turbo 2.0-liter inline-four to be replaced by a 2.5-liter unit and the twin-turbo 3.3-liter v-6 to be supplanted by a 3.5-liter. unfortunately, this means that the six-speed manual transmission available in the current g70 2.0t will be dropped. genesis told r&t that it only sold around 100 manual g70s for the 2020 model year. (admittedly, when we drove the manual g70, we weren't as enamored with it as we usually are with stick-shift sports sedans.)
we look forward to hearing more about the updated 2022 genesis g70 sometime later this year, although we aren't getting our hopes up that the wagon model will come to the u.s. market. stay tuned for more information to come.