While full details will have to wait until closer to its official reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the first official images and facts about the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis have just been released. Although the preliminary information is specific to the domestic version of this full-size luxury sedan that goes on sale in Korea later this year, all the basic design and engineering will also be found in the car that arrives in the U.S. sometime in 2014.
Visually, the next-gen Genesis follows through on the promise seen in the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept presented in Detroit last January. The sleeker, more evocative edges and contours - which Hyundai says will be seen in its subsequent models - are based on what it calls "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" design language and give the Genesis 4-door a far more dynamic, coupe-like character. Of particular note are its bolder, more three-dimensional front/rear fascia treatments and a sweeping roofline. It also boasts a new and improved Human Machine Interface that promises to make life easier for the driver and passengers when interacting with the car's basic control functions and even more sophisticated infotainment elements.
Its new, more robust core structure provides the upcoming Genesis Sedan with a super-solid foundation for its improved suspension -- which Hyundai claims will endow it with top-of-class handling - as well as offering enhanced passive safety protection. On the active safety front, the new Genesis will be equipped with advanced seatbelt functionality that better secures occupants in case if an actual crash and also feature a Pre-Safe mode that snugs the belt to warn of perceived potential impacts.
While Hyundai offered no insight on powertrains for the 2015 Genesis, we're guessing that the current 3.8-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 will carry forward, both backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission. However there are rumors of both a turbocharged 4- and 6-cylinder alternatives. As for its upgraded underpinnings, the 2015 Genesis features a new Motor Driven Electric Power Steering system and offers electronic-controlled active damping with Advanced Traction Cornering Control to sharpen its overall dynamics. For the first time, it also will be available with Hyundai's new HTRAC (Hyundai Traction) multi-mode all-wheel-drive system as well as in the base rear-drive configuration.
"The evolved all-new Genesis is the product of Hyundai's best resources and capabilities," notes Moon Sik Kwon, head of Hyundai Motor Group's R&D Center, "and we strongly believe it will be a game-changer in the market."
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