While it’s not scheduled to make any public appearances until the United Kingdom’s Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off in July, Genesis is dropping photos of the G70 Shooting Brake like it’s just days away from hitting the market.
Not our market, of course. The manufacturer shrewdly decided to leave the wagon in Europe, angering thousands of North American drivers who beg for vehicles like this with no intention of ever buying one. But it sure looks nice, with Genesis managing to stretch the bold design of the G70 sedan while adding a substantial amount of cargo capacity.
Genesis claims that stowage volumes are up by 40 percent over the sedan, though we don’t know exactly how that breaks down. The standard G70 offers 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space while the Shooting Brake offers a 40/20/40 folding deal that’s supposed to maximize versatility by adding pass through options for the center jump seat.
Engine options should be identical to what’s on the sedan, which means either a 2.0-liter turbo or 3.3-liter, twin-turbo V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic. The 2.2-liter diesel may also make an appearance since this is Europe. Despite many finding the base model sufficient, the V6 is the real star and makes sense on a vehicle that’s entire purpose seems to be embarrassing high-end brands by offering almost everything they do for less money. Our only real concern is whether or not the wagon manages to maintain the desirable dynamics (and feedback) of the G70 sedan.
Everything else should be a given. The desirable Sport Prestige 3.3T trim (which offers the best engine, HUD, upgraded Brembo brakes, upgraded leather upholstery, and plenty more) should be on offer. Genesis is definitely going to let customers option all-wheel drive, too. We imagine it’s going to be solid competition for midsized wagons offered by the Germans.
But we’ll have to wait to learn more. Fortunately, the Goodwood Festival of Speed starts on July 8th and leaves us with a relatively short wait. Perhaps Hyundai Motor Group will reconsider its decision not to ship the G70 Shooting Brake over to the United States after it realizes it would have the segment practically to itself.