Overall, I'm impressed. The look is quite derivative, but it's tasteful, like Audi and BMW. The interior also looks nice, and driver-centric, much like the 6. Smart move offering MTX, as well as upgrading the limited-slip, Brembo brakes, and a "sport" exhaust system with the MTX.
I'm not too concerned about the overall quality and longevity of anything from Korea these days. Hyundai had their teething problems, but their quality has improved greatly. I have a few friends that are on their second or third Hyundai and swear by them, including a third Sonata owner, after running well over 150K miles on his two previous Sonatas over the past decade or so.
I'm interested in seeing the pricing, since I'm sure once it get optioned out as much as the GT Reserve and Signature, that pricing will be well over $40K, similar to the Germans.
A few things I caught that interested me...
It had been indicated to us earlier that the manual would be a first-year-only offering, but Genesis brand chief Manfred Fitzgerald says that’s now not the case and that it will stay in the lineup as long as there’s sufficient demand for it. Something on the order of 5 percent of overall G70 sales is projected, and Fitzgerald says he “would hope 5 to 10 percent of 2.0-liter customers” will choose the stick.
I agree with this, although they may discover that the MTX take will probably drop off after the first model year. Also, no mention of the MTX with the V6...
There is equipment you can’t have with the manual, but it’s mostly of the electronic driver-aid variety, such as adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking, the sort of semi-autonomous features that might demand declutching to avoid stalling the engine.
You know, I never thought of this fact. And after experiencing the adaptive cruise control and emergency braking on the 6, I can now fully understand why the upper models of the 6 doesn't offer a MTX. There's probably an enormous amount of complexity with those systems alone, but also having to declutch only increases it, and how can they accelerate and slow down quickly and efficiently if the driver leaves the stick in 5th or 6th?
Not trying to argue, just saying that manuals will be around for a LONG time yet and autonomous driving will only catch on in major cities with little to no snowfall, if at all.
But, if cars are soon required to have adaptive cruise and emergency braking, thanks to the government, you can kiss your MTX goodbye along with it. Nobody thought back-up cameras would ever become required by law, but they have. Same with airbags, and ABS IIRC...