Genesis G70, brand's first compact sport sedan, targets the 'German 3'

Genesis, Hyundai Motor Co.'s fledgling luxury brand, is vowing to challenge more established German rivals with the G70, its first compact sport sedan, that will offer optional 3.3-liter V-6 turbocharged performance. The G70's V-6 turbo will sell alongside a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, while some markets will also get a 2.2-liter diesel variant.

The athletic, entry-level offering is expected to arrive in the U.S. next spring as a 2019 model after going on sale in South Korea on Sept. 20.

Genesis is loading the G70 with advanced safety features, including a highway driving assist function, although that feature is not expected to be offered in the United States.