South Korean automaker Hyundai has taken the second generation of the Genesis to the famed Nürburgring circuit in Germany. The vehicle benefits from a Lotus-tuned chassis and has been equipped with a continuous damping control system. Other highlights of the model would have to be the all-wheel drive system called HTRAC along with an Intelligent Drive Mode that can modify transmission mapping, stability control, throttle response as well as suspension damping settings to suit the preferences of the driver behind the wheel. The model is offered with either a 311 bhp V6 3.8-liter or a 420 bhp V8 5.0-liter engine.
Hyundai has taken the wraps off the second generation of the Genesis which looks far more refined than the outgoing model as a result of using the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. It adopts an elegant hexagonal front grille that has a chrome look and a tridimensional layout. In terms of lighting, the luxury Asian sedan benefits from LED indicators, fog lamps and taillights, along with bi-functional HID headlamps. The car has an overall length of 4990mm and is 1890mm wide while the height stands at 1480mm. The wheelbase stretches at 3010mm so the interior cabin should be more than suitable for four occupants.
The 2014 Hyundai Genesis will be available as standard with a rear-wheel drive layout but pay more and you can configure yours with an optional HTRAC all-wheel drive system. There are four engines to choose from: 257 HP V6 3.0-liter, 282 HP V6 3.3-liter, 315 HP V6 3.8-liter and the range-topping 425 HP V8 5.0-liter. These power units are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, while the V8-powered Genesis will complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) task in just 5.4 seconds before topping out at 149 mph (240 km/h).
After releasing a couple of official renders earlier this week, Hyundai has announced the second generation of the Genesis will be sold in Europe, unlike the outgoing model which never made it on the old continent.
The Asian full-size luxury car will be one of Hyundai’s model that will help the brand lose the value-for-money image as the automaker wants to move upmarket and the Genesis will meet the criteria. We will probably see the car in full before the end of the year, while sales are expected to commence in the first part of 2014.
It will be offered as standard with a rear-wheel drive arrangement but Hyundai has developed an all-wheel drive setup (called HTRAC) which will be available at an additional cost. Under the hood it is likely to retain the 3.8-liter V6 and the 5.0-liter V8 which will probably be updated for the new Genesis.
Asian automaker Hyundai has published two renders of the upcoming new generation of the Genesis which will be revealed before the end of the year. The car will adopt the firm’s Fluidic Sculpture design language which will evolve into a 2.0 version for the new Genesis. It will take many of the design cues from the HCD-14 Genesis Concept but we also notice some influences of the Peugeot 508. The all-new Genesis will be offered with pre-safe belts as well as an emergency fastening device system which will automatically tighten the seat belts in the unfortunate event of a crash.
We have also heard from Hyundai that the Genesis will be offered for the very first time with an all-wheel drive system in the form of a HTRAC setup that is capable of controlling torque split between the front and rear axles as necessary given the road conditions available.
Approximately four years ago the Korean carmaker Hyundai introduced the sedan version of the Genesis, and now time has come for a mild refresh before the new generation of the model hits the market towards the end of next year. There are some important changes for the new model year as Hyundai has decided to ditch the V8 4.6-liter 385 hp engine and the standard V8 5.0-liter unit from the models sold in the United States. This means that from now on the entry-level Genesis Sedan will be available only with a V6 3.8-liter engine that is capable of producing 333 hp, while the hotter R-Spec version is motivated by a beefier V8 5.0-liter that unleashes 429 hp. These two engines are linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends those ponies to the wheels in the back.
This refreshed version of the Hyundai Genesis Sedan features an all-new 8-inch DIS – Driver Information System display, while options for both versions of the car include an enhanced multimedia controller and a navigation system so that you don’t get lost on your trip. The automaker says that this new display integrates the same rotating dial with joystick-type function but at the same time it brings enhanced voice-recognition commands, “a more intuitive interface”, as well as better navigation screen layouts. This system used for the refreshed Genesis features a 64GB solid state drive (SSD) for storing images, music and videos.
The 2013MY Hyundai Genesis Sedan comes equipped with the Blue Link telematics system, which works just about the same as GM’s Onstar, allowing users to remotely lock or unlock the car’s doors, track the car when it is stolen or send text messages. It also comes with “hot keys” that allow the driver to access the vehicle’s primary controls without the need of using the infotainment system. The aforementioned Blue Link telematics system is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.
Hyundai has not revealed yet the price list for the 2013 Genesis Sedan.