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A camouflaged Genesis G70 spotted testing in Germany provides a peek at the baby of Hyundai’s new luxury marque.

Photos published by AutoGuide show a compact four-door with traditional luxury sedan proportions, rather than something radical. As the third offering from the automaker’s planned six-vehicle lineup, the Korean G70 has its sights set on a trifecta of Germans — the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.

The G70 sports a rear-wheel-drive stance, with a sloping roofline and generous overhangs. We can’t get a good look at the grille, but expect a wide opening modeled after its larger G80 and G90 stablemates.

The Genesis brand is a work in progress, and there’s no official word on a release date or drivetrain for their smallest model. During last month’s G90 test drive, Canadian Genesis brand head Michael Ricciuto wouldn’t even ballpark a G70 release date, but we expect to see it sometime in 2017.

Genesis promises a variety of new powertrains during a model rollout that ends in 2021. Given its competition, it’s likely the G70 will see a turbocharged four-cylinder base engine. The 3.8-liter V6 from the G80 is available for use in uplevel versions, though the 365 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter from the upcoming G90 would be more competitive.

Uplevel G70s will surely make use the automaker’s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system to battle its strong and established competition.