Competes with: Chrysler 300, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S80
Looks like: Elantra/Azera/Tucson styling meets Hyundai’s luxury sedan
Drivetrain: 311-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 or 419-hp, 5.-liter V-8 with 8-velocity automated transmission rear- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: 2014
Hyundai unveiled the next generation of its Genesis sedan this week to journalists in Seoul, South Korea. The new Genesis sedan will come with rear- or (new) all-wheel drive, and Hyundai worldwide CEO Mong-Koo Chung promised the automobile would “compete head-on with best-tier premium designs in the global market, like Europe.”
Which is what the last Genesis, which hit U.S. dealerships in summer season 2008, promptly did. Can its successor repeat that? We’;ll see, but the path to achievement has at least one less hurdle. Thanks to the initial Genesis and, to some extent, the pricier Equus, Hyundai has shown its luxury chops. Consumer acceptance of the second Genesis must be much less of a query mark.
Hyundai says it previously acquired some 3,500 preorders for the sedan. It needs to sell 62,000 Genesis sedans worldwide in 2014 — about half on its home turf and the other half across North America, the Middle East, China and Russia. Hyundai says the car goes on sale in key international markets, which includes the U.S., in 2014. The automaker confirmed to us last October that the redesigned Genesis sedan will be a 2015 model we nevertheless have no particulars on the Genesis coupe, but judging by U.S. Hyundai CEO John Krafcik’;s tweets, another 1 is on the way.
The Genesis debuts the second generation of Hyundai’;s Fluidic Sculpture styling, exemplified very best on the Elantra sedan and Tucson crossover. Total shots reveal a lot more of the grille than what we saw in Hyundai’;s 1st renderings last October. It sits minimal and broad, narrowing to a base just wider than a Euro-type license plate frame. Horizontal fog lights sit above an opening that runs the length of the bumper — an component that recalls the 2009-2012 BMW 6 Series. The new Genesis trades its predecessor’;s subtly growing beltline for a flat crease that runs parallel to the ground. That would look to advantage sightlines, but the sleeker roofline seems to decrease the windows, which would do just the opposite.
Length, width and height stay roughly the very same, which indicates the Genesis is someplace in between a midsize and full-size luxury car — feel BMW 5 Series and 7 Series. But its wheelbase has elevated 2.9 inches, which could improve the Genesis’; trip high quality so could a new multilink rear suspension. We considered the outgoing auto rode fine, but Hyundai has told us in the previous that some consumers deemed it as well company. Alloy wheels selection from 17 to 19 inches, but it truly is unclear which options will come to the stateside version of the Genesis.
Within, the Genesis adopts center controls from Hyundai’;s pricier Equus sedan. This year’;s center show measures 8 inches or 9.2 inches with a 1,280-by-720 pixel display the outgoing Genesis has 6- or 8-inch displays that topped out at 800 by 480 pixels. The new method offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple’;s Siri help, various apps and Google factors of interest. It’;s unclear if that requires a separate net subscription, however.
Components contain real aluminum — but still fake wood — with denser seats and greater bolsters. Double stitching replaces single stitching across the leather upholstery, and Hyundai claims 16 percent much more interior storage room. Trunk volume measures 15.3 cubic feet, down from today’;s 15.9 cubic feet but even now competitive with midsize luxury automobiles.
A new Wise Trunk feature instantly opens the trunk if the crucial fob is detected nearby for longer than 3 seconds. It is one more way to access the trunk for grocery-encumbered owners, and you will get an audible warning and flashing lights just before it opens. We still envision a lot of unintended trunk openings, so Hyundai says you can deactivate the attribute in the car’;s onboard settings.
Underneath the Hood
The worldwide Genesis employs 4 engines — 3 V-6s from 3. to 3.8 liters, plus Hyundai’;s 5.-liter Tau V-7 We’;ll very likely see the V-8 and largest (3.8-liter) V-6, which tends to make 311 horsepower and 293 lbs-feet of torque. That is down 22 horsepower but up 2 pounds-feet versus today’;s 3.8-liter Genesis.
Hyundai revised airflow, improved cylinder compression and optimized fuel injection for the V-8, which makes 419 horsepower and 383 pounds-feet of torque. That’;s down 10 hp but up 6 pounds-feet versus today’;s Genesis 5. R-Spec.
Each engines continue with an 8-velocity automatic. Excess weight specs are still unknown, but Hyundai says that with rear-wheel drive the 3.8-liter Genesis hits 60 mph in the lower 6-2nd selection, whilst the V-8 will get there in the low 5s. Our buddies at “MotorWeek” nailed 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with a 2012 Genesis 5. R-Spec, so the forthcoming model seems to be just as fast.
Drivers can select in between Eco, Typical, Sport and Snow modes with a drive-mode selector in all-wheel-drive models, Sport sends far more power to the rear. The electric electrical power steering also employs variable ratio, not just aid. Hyundai says it tested the chassis at Germany’;s venerated Nürburgring raceway — all but necessary for a automobile that claims overall performance chops.
A plethora of security features consist of lane departure warning and mitigation methods, blind spot warnings, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise manage with emergency car-braking.
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