Hyundai Motor Company has confirmed a significant detail about its next-generation, 2015 Genesis: The premium sedan will be available with all-wheel drive. Dubbed HTRAC, for "Hyundai" and "Traction," it will be the first such system for the sedan, which has been rear-wheel drive since debuting in 2009, the same year it won the prestigious North American Car of the Year award. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis will be completely revamped inside and out.
While other details about the upcoming premium sedan are still foggy -- including powertrain information and pricing -- Hyundai says the new HTRAC system will electronically control torque split between the front and rear axles depending on road conditions, and will have various driver-selectable modes "for a sophisticated and tailored driving experience."
In addition to the enhanced cornering performance often equated with these systems, this one aims to be especially relevant for drivers in cold-weather states that must regularly contend with slick roads where traction is compromised. Offering such a system will also help the 2015 Genesis better compete with vehicles such as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac CTS and Lexus GS, which also offer all-wheel drive in lieu of rear-drive.
"Hyundai Motor's HTRAC system has secured best-in-class durability and driving performance through strict tests carried out in various locations worldwide, including the famed Nürburgring in Germany, the Yeongam F1 circuit in Korea and in severe winter tests in Europe," said Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman and head of Hyundai Motor Group's R&D Center. "We expect our customers to feel world-class safety and driving performance in the all-new Genesis equipped with the HTRAC system."
Furthermore, Hyundai says HTRAC won't end with the second-gen Genesis. The automaker says it plans to offer the all-wheel-drive option to other future models in an effort to further strengthen its brand image and appeal to more buyers.
Stay tuned for more details about the 2015 Hyundai Genesis in the coming months ahead of its expected debut next year.
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