Spy Shots: 2012 Hyundai Genesis Facelift

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Hyundai’s Genesis sedan has only been on sale for about two years and during that time it has already taken home the prestigious North American Car of the Year award. As successful as the original formula was, Hyundai is not resting on its laurels and is already planning an update to the car as seen in these latest spy shots, taken live in Hyundai's Technical Center this morning by our man on the scene, Joel Feder.

The images depict a facelifted version of the car due next year as a 2012 model, very similar to the car spied at the end of the summer. They reveal a new tail-lamp design and slightly revised exhaust tips, and the camouflaged front-end suggests a new headlight, foglight, and possible grille design as well.

2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan facelift spy shots

2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan facelift spy shots

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Expect the powertrain lineup to continue with minimal changes, which means buyers will be able to select from either the 4.6-liter Tau V-8 with 380 horsepower or the 3.8-liter Lambda V-6 with 305 horsepower on tap. New engines are possible, including a 265 horsepower 3.3-liter V-6 already sold overseas and a new 5.0-liter V-8 range topper with more than 400 horsepower. This latter unit has already been confirmed for the 2011 Hyundai Equus flagship, and the same Tau V-8 has been confirmed for the Genesis Sedan by Hyundai staff.

Supercharging technology is another area Hyundai is investigating but there’s no word on plans to introduce it to the Genesis line. Hyundai is also working on a new eight-speed automatic transmission and given the covered gear-lever seen here, it's likely that the facelifted Genesis will feature the advanced transmission.

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Comments (12)
  1. The 3.3 liter would make a good entry level car

  2. 3.3L? 5.0L?
    I 100% bet these will NOT happen in north america.
    Genesis sedan is already most affordable mid size premium car. Price is not weak selling point of Genesis sedan. well acclaimed sedan. there is no reason downgrade & price drop.
    5.0L is Equus territory.
    3.3L is Azera/K-spec Genesis territory.

  3. This is all good and fine, but even with the Genesis taking on the E-Class/5-Series/A6 and the Equus coming to take on the 7-Series/S-Class/A8, there is still is no car for the competitive segment, which is the entry-level (3-Series/C-Class/A4)! Plus they still are left with an identity crisis! *rolling my eyes*

  4. Jo, you do realize that the 3.3 liter is already availaable in the Genesis outside the USA, so your point is not valid.

  5. Does this mean the Klingon grille is history?

  6. @ bepsf
    I hope that. I love the Genesis but that grille really annoys me, and also the not presence of the Hyundai logo on the front annoys me. I think that Hyundai cars should stay as Hyundais now. We'll see for the luxury brand.

  7. They're not resting on their laurels bc sales of have been rather disappointing ... especially when you consider their # include the cheaper coupe.

  8. I am ready to order a new Genesis but I want a 5.0.
    Does anyone know when Hyundai will begin excepting orders for the refreshed Genesis?

  9. Today,10/4/2010, I saw a 2012 Hyndai Genesis on a parking lot in Marco Island, FL. It looked like a new model Aston Martin. When I saw it was a Genesis I could not believe my eyes. This car is perfection from any angle. It has the coolest solid grill, nothing like any of the spy pictures. I looked at it for 20 minutes. What a beautiful car. Looks like a $50,000 machine- easy!

  10. I don't care what it looks like; just get an AWD system in the large sedan!

  11. If the hyundai Genesis Front Grille Doesn't remain the same, as well as it's rear end chrome designs, the car will be more ugly than the Equus which looks like a damn Lincoln MKS ( bad bad bad bad ).
    Leave the exterior design alone aside from these issues, I've been designing my Own Genesis since it's launch around BMW designs of the 8 Series yet to be relaunched since the late 80's early 90's. It's profile of the Car ( side views ) need to match the Length, Height, and Width of the Equus, but Look exactly the same as it does aside from Tail Lamp and Head Lamp designs for the Genesis.
    Face it, the Genesis is a better looking car, the Equus should not more of a top priority over their award winning Vehicle. As a Diehard BMW fan, I've been planning on getting the Genesis since I saw it in 2008, but with it's bulllshit "facelift" It has me reverting back to BMW even though the new 5.0 Engine/8-Speed Auto is truly what the earlier Genesis Models needed to prove itself against the likes of BMW and MB.

  12. Jim,
    Was the Genesis you saw in the Marco Island parking lot a coupe or a sedan?

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