Genesis has confirmed that its alternative to the BMW 3 Series, the G70, will lose its manual transmission after the 2021 model year. This explained that demand was far too low to justify offering the three-pedal configuration for much longer.
“Technically, the G70 manual is still around for the 2021 model year, at least anything that might already be in the pipeline (which might suck),” a company spokesperson told Autoblog. “So the likelihood of finding a 2021 with a manual transmission will be very slim. Then it will be officially discontinued for the 2022 model year,”.
A quick search of dealer inventory nationwide found about 30 G70 manuals, possibly more.
Many automakers are keeping the stick to announce a lower entry-level price tag, but Genesis has marketed the six-speed G70 as the choice of wool-dye enthusiasts. It came at the right time too – at least on paper. The latest 3 Series is no longer offered with a stick on American shores, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has not been available for years. Now Genesis has concluded that even driving fans no longer want to row their own gears.
Few people will be flabbergasted to hear the news – and most buyers won\’t even notice it. CarBuzz has learned that Genesis sold fewer than 100 shifter G70s during the 2020 model year. The transmission was paired exclusively with the rear-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 255-horsepower turbocharged engine and 260 lb-ft of torque. Motorists who wanted the 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 were stuck with the automatic, though making a six with a stick available likely wouldn\’t have significantly increased its take rate in a market. moving away from textbooks.
The G70 was the first, last and only joystick Genesis. Parent company Hyundai still offers a manual transmission in a handful of its models, including the Veloster N.
Although the new Ford Bronco is offered with a seven-speed manual transmission, the list of new cars available with a stick in the United States is shrinking at an alarming rate. Genesis announced the automatic G70 just days after the Jeep Compass and Honda Accord also lost their third pedal. In America, new shifters made up 1.1% of the market in 2019, a figure that puts them behind EVs (1.6%) for the first time.