2015 Hyundai Genesis - First Drive, April 2014Enlarge Photo
With the arrival of the all-new 2015 Genesis, Hyundai introduced a new design language, rear-wheel-drive platform and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, but strangely this groundbreaking car for the Korean brand used carryover engines from the previous model. It turns out Hyundai, in a move that mimics the German brands, will be introducing a new engine for the Genesis midway through the car’s life-cycle, most likely coinciding with a subtle facelift.
The information was confirmed by Hyundai’s U.S. chief Dave Zuchowski in a recent interview with Automotive News (subscription required). Zuchowski said the Genesis would receive a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine in 2017 or 2018, without specifying whether he meant model years or calendar years.
He did say, however, that the engine’s performance will be comparable with that of the 420-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 currently offered in the Genesis, despite weighing considerably less. The engine is expected to be a twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 3.3-liter V-6. Such a unit was first shown in sister brand Kia’s GT concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. At the time, the engine was said to deliver 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque.
We’ve also heard that the engine will make its way into the next-generation Genesis Coupe, and we’ll likely see it in a few Kia models starting with a production version of the GT concept coming in 2016.
Hyundai has other downsized, turbocharged engines coming to its lineup—a requirement for meeting CAFE regulations. The 2016 Tuscon on show this week at the 2015 New York Auto Show, for example, will come with a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder.