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Hyundai’s second-generation Genesis sedan has made its debut in the Korean automaker’s home market, which means we now have the first official photos and details for the car. We’ll have to wait until its 2014 Detroit Auto Show debut in January to confirm specs for the U.S. market but many of those details should be the same as what you read here.
Hyundai estimates it will sell 62,000 Genesis sedans annually, split evenly between the Korean and international markets. Sales in the U.S. will start next fall, making this a 2015 model. Pricing should stay close to the $35,095 starting price of the outgoing model.
The design is the first iteration of Hyundai’s evolved ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design language. It shows a significant departure from the automaker’s current themes, particularly for the grille, which adopts an Audi-style single-frame design. The standard wheels measure in at 19 inches across.
The 2015 Genesis features an overall length of 16.37 feet, overall width of 6.2 feet and overall height of 4.85 feet. In particular, its wheelbase was extended almost 3 inches to 9.87 feet compared to its predecessor, providing extra space in the cabin.
Four different engines make up the powertrain lineup for the 2015 Genesis. In the U.S., expect to see the base model feature a 3.8-liter V-6 rated at 333 horsepower and a range-topper powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 good for about 429 horsepower. Elsewhere, Hyundai will offer 3.0- and 3.3-liter units.
An eight-speed automatic is fitted across the range. Drive is sent to the rear wheels or all four when Hyundai’s new HTRAC all-wheel-drive system is installed. HTRAC electronically controls torque split between the front and rear wheels and offers drivers a number of modes that can tailor the level of torque sent to either axles.
Lateral suspension stiffness and overall ride comfort were made a priority during development. As a result, the fully independent, multi-link front and rear suspension have revised geometry and increased stiffness compared to the outgoing Genesis. Under rolling conditions, the improved tilting angle of the tire enables a better tire grip compared to the previous model.
Electronic suspension control has also reduced the roll motion through corners, and allowed sportier roadholding combined with a more supple ride. An electronically controlled brake system, with an advanced traction control system aids the car through corners. Furthermore, a new electronic power steering system provides high-speed stability and direct response at low and medium speeds.
Inside, we see the usual array of premium materials, climate control air-conditioning and the latest in infotainment and connectivity. The main feature is a 9.2-inch touchscreen display mounted in the dash. Hyundai recently previewed its next-generation Blue Link telematics and infotainment system, which featured Apple Siri voice-activation and Eyes Free as well as Google Maps navigation services.
Safety features include a main structure that offers 16 percent greater torsional strength and 40 percent greater bending strength than the outgoing Genesis, as well as camera- and radar-based monitoring systems, a head-up display and an assortment of airbags including a new driver knee airbag.
To see what else will be on show at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January, head over to our dedicated show hub.
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