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Hyundai has confirmed plans to unveil a new concept next month that may just preview the next-generation Genesis Coupe. The concept is said to be in the form of a “flagship two-door coupe” and designed in line with the premium ethos the Korean automaker reserves for its upmarket models like the Genesis and Equus sedans.
Code-named the HCD-16, the concept will be unveiled August 11 at a special event taking place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. On hand to unveil it will be none other than Hyundai and Kia design chief Peter Schreyer. While yet to be confirmed, it’s possible the concept will also be shown at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance scheduled for that same week.
Hyundai says the HCD-16 features a handsome, sharply-tapered profile and dramatically proportioned wheels. The concept is also said to have automatic doors, a feature Hyundai calls the Virtual Valet Door System. Finally, expect to see a fuel-efficient powertrain installed, as Hyundai says it was respectful of the trend of downsizing and minimalism when designing the concept.
Hyundai in 2013 unveiled the HND-9, another concept thought to preview the next Genesis Coupe. However, since the unveiling of the HND-9, Hyundai has dropped hints that its next Genesis Coupe will be a bigger, more premium car than the current model, something confirmed by test mules spotted in the wild.
The next Genesis Coupe, which will ride on the rear-wheel-drive platform found in the Genesis sedan, is expected to be a proper four-seater and offer a V-8 engine. It will be more expensive than the model it replaces, with insiders suggesting the car will target large, luxurious coupes from German automakers like the BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe. It's expected to debut next year, meaning it will likely arrive in showrooms as a 2017 model.
We should have more details following the August 11 reveal of the HCD-16 concept.