The long and winding tease is finally over as the wraps have now come off of the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan. True to all that's been leaked about its comprehensive recasting, the new-gen Genesis has the look and feel of one seriously impressive luxury 4-door intent on grabbing market share from established players like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class based on its newfound sense of style, substance and safety as well as on price.
The 2015 Genesis is the first Hyundai to embody the firm's new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language which will also be found on future models including the upcoming Sonata due out later this year. A more refined extension of the current visual character; it endows the new Genesis with more elegant contours and proportions while enhancing various signature cues. Complementing its sleeker new bodywork is a 2.9-inch longer wheelbase, shorter front/rear overhangs and a more sweeping roofline that resolves into a dynamic C-pillar treatment.
Up front, the re-imagined single-frame grille in the new Genesis Sedan displays a more defined 3D look on both the Genesis 3.8 and 5.0 variants and is now flanked by more expressive lighting units that include HID headlamps on the premium 5.0 model. The same kind of tasteful rethink is evident in the rear, where the cleanly executed fascia is effectively complemented by full LED taillamps and a subtle integrated deck lid spoiler. While the Genesis 3.8 rides on 18-inch alloys mounting 245/45 tires, the 5.0 gets a 19-inch upgrade that includes 245/40 front and 274/35 rear rubber.
Beneath its new sheet metal, the 2015 Genesis features a completely re-engineered core structure that shares virtually nothing with the current Gen I model. With high-strength steel now used in over 50 percent of its platform elements, Hyundai says the platform betters the current BMW 5 Series in both bending and torsional stiffness creating a super-solid foundation for the car's fully-independent suspension. Tested at race tracks around the world and refined with input from Lotus to ensure an even better combination of comfort, control and agility, the heavily revised underpinnings are limited to a conventional design on the Genesis 3.8 but offer Hyundai's Continuous Damping Control adjustable suspension with driver-selectable Normal/Sport modes as an option on the 5.0. Intelligent Drive Mode is a new standard that changes mapping of the throttle, transmission, stability control (and damping where applicable) to Eco, Normal, Sport or Snow settings.
Speaking of the engines, the 2015 Genesis Sedan will continue to use the existing naturally aspirated direct-injected 3.8-liter Lambda V6 and 5.0-liter Tau V8, although both have been tweaked to deliver better overall performance, broader, flatter torque curves and reduced emissions. The 3.8-liter now makes 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque while the 5.0-liter turns out 420 horses and 383 lb-ft of peak twist, all stats based on burning recommended premium gas. Regardless of engine, that motive force heads to the rear wheels via Hyundai's 8-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual mode. However, buyers of the 3.8 can also opt for Hyundai's new HTRAC all-wheel drive system, the first offered on a Genesis Sedan. Integrated with the car's Intelligent Drive Mode, this lightweight (165 pounds) package includes an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch that offers active torque control between the axles to optimize total traction under all conditions.
Like its exterior, the passenger compartment of the new Genesis Sedan has been completely redesigned and now offers a class-leading 123.0 cu-ft of total interior volume and boasts significantly better isolation from all types of ambient road and vehicle noise. The recasting also brings upgraded materials - including standard leather upholstery -- electroluminescent gauges, LED ambient lighting, a new multifunction steering wheel with shifter paddles, a full array of power assists, next-gen touchscreen navigation with an 8.0-inch display and Siri-powered Eyes Free mode, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free trunk activation and redesigned seats that offer increased comfort and adjustability on all models. Both the 3.8 and 5.0 also come with Hyundai Gen 2 Blue Link telematics that offers enhanced functionality including Remote Start and Automatic Collision Notification/SOS Emergency Assistance and new Genesis Intelligent Assistant and Google Glass apps.
Stepping up to the 5.0 Sedan further richens the mix by adding items like ultra-premium leather, real wood and aluminum trim, an upgraded sound system, power activation for the tilt/telescoping steering column, Smart Cruise Control with start-stop function, panoramic glass sunroof and a rearview camera, all of which are options on the 3.8. Other upline extras for both Genesis Sedans include a new full-color Head up Display, Ultimate Navigation with a 9.2-inch HD screen and a 900-watt/17-speaker Lexicon Logic 7 Surround Sound audio package.
In a continued push to comprehensively improve its passenger-protection capabilities, the 2015 Genesis Sedan will offer a suite of what Hyundai is calling Sensory Surround Safety technologies. All models will either come with or offer Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, a new radar-enhanced Blind-Spot Detection system, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-traffic Alert and for the first time in any Hyundai, a new Automatic Emergency Braking system that can autonomously apply full (5-50 mph) or partial (50-112 mph) braking in order to help avoid or mitigate a potential collision.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan is set to arrive in showrooms this spring. While full pricing has not yet been released, Hyundai has confirmed that the base Genesis 3.8 4-door will start below $40,000.
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