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2021 Genesis GV70 teased: New Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 rival set for Australia

The Genesis GV70 could be crucial to changing the brand's fortunes in Australia.

Hyundai’s luxury spin-off, Genesis, has shown the first official images of its upcoming GV70 mid-size SUV.

The sporty-looking GV70 has appeared in camouflage, although the proportions and design language it shares with the upcoming second-generation G70 sedan are evident immediately.

The GV70 will sit under the soon-to-be-launched GV80 large SUV, positioning it as a rival for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Design-wise, it shares the new grille and light fittings of its smaller sedan and larger SUV siblings.

A rear angle shows integrated tailpipes and an aggressive coupe roofline. A rear angle shows integrated tailpipes and an aggressive coupe roofline.

No other details were revealed, but we expect it to share other recent improvements to the G70 sedan, like a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay. Engines are also likely to be shared with the updated model, consisting of updated versions of its 2.0-litre single-turbo four-cylinder and 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engines.

The GV70 is undergoing public testing in its home market of Korea, and included in its camouflage is a QR code which takes onlookers to a Korean-language webpage with more information and pictures of the vehicle from not before seen angles. These include a clear rear shot which shows dual integrated exhaust pipes and a Porsche Macan-style rear hatch.

The QR code will take you to a Korean-language webpage with more images. The QR code will take you to a Korean-language webpage with more images.

CarsGuide understands the GV70 is set to arrive in Australia some time in 2021, following a full unveiling before the end of the year. The G70 sedan is set for an Australian arrival in the first half of 2021.

A wagon variant of the G70 has also been spotted testing in the wild, and while the Korean brand has stopped short of confirming it for production, it would certainly make for a thorough line-up of vehicles in its '70' series.

Meanwhile, the flagship GV80 SUV is set to arrive in October, followed by the new-generation G80 large sedan as the brand shifts to a more traditional dealership space. It refers to its new locations as ‘Genesis Test Drive Centres’, which it is rolling out following a slow start (just 63 sales in the first half of 2020) for the brand from its flagship Sydney CBD store. Despite this, it will go ahead with flagship stores in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Stay tuned as we bring you more information on the GV70 toward its 2021 launch.