The Project One-Off Genesis GV70 Overland is capable and stylish – Rob reports
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Genesis is ready to expand the GV70’s horizons.
The Korean luxury brand has teamed up with Delta Geländesport for a concept called Project Overland which is based on the mid-size crossover. The unique design is specifically designed for off-road fun and represents an attractive pinnacle of what the model has to offer on the road.
Genesis could not have chosen a better partner for the GV70 Overland project. Delta has been taking already well-regarded SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and turning them into more capable off-road vehicles for four decades. Of course, unlike most of the cars the German tuner upgrades, the GV70 is known more for its looks than what it can do off the beaten track.
At first glance, the Project Overland may look like your standard GV70, but closer inspection reveals that it’s equipped with all kinds of off-road goodies. Chief among them is a revised suspension system that boosts the car’s ride height by nearly two inches. The body was also widened by the same amount, equipped with extended wheel arches, and Baja-style lights were incorporated. Meanwhile, the roof features PIAA lights and a rack to hold all the outdoor gear you can’t fit inside the car. The modifications are complemented by a set of black 18-inch Classic B Rugged wheels wrapped in Continental all-terrain tires (the car will be on display at the tire maker’s stand at the Essen Motor Show in early December).
There’s no mention of whether the concept car comes equipped with an internal combustion engine or an all-electric powertrain. The gas-powered version of the car comes with either a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower or a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that produces 375 horsepower. Meanwhile, the electric GV70 has a dual motor that produces 429 horsepower. Regardless of the powertrain, all versions of the GV70 offer all-wheel drive.
It’s important to remember that, as attractive as the Overland Project is, it’s just a one-time event at this point. Neither Genesis nor Delta have said anything about eventually making the car available as a replacement. However, with a refreshed GV70 on the way, this could be a sign that the automaker is interested in exploring the crossover’s potential like never before.