Spy Shots: Hyundai Genesis LWB sedan

Spy Shots: Hyundai Genesis LWB sedan

Given the popularity of long-wheelbase (LWB) models in Asia, particularly in China where a high proportion of premium cars owners prefer to be driven rather than tackle the traffic themselves, it was only a matter of time until an extended version of the new Hyundai Genesis sedan was spotted. These are the first images of the LWB South Korean saloon, caught while testing in Germany.

The new model, codenamed BHL-VI, will stretch an additional eight inches over the standard model and will initially be launched in South Korea and China. Rumor has it the new model will be called the I70 when it goes on sale in South Korea where it will replace the current Equus JS380. There’s no word if the stretched Genesis will be sold in the U.S. or Europe.

According to previous reports, there won’t be any future derivatives of the Geneses RWD platform such as a rumored crossover and wagon variant. There could, however, be new powertrain options including an updated version of the new 4.6L Tau V8. Hyundai product development boss John Krafcik has previously hinted that a new version with direct-injection, cylinder deactivation and forced-induction technology could eventually be offered.

The regular Genesis sedan went on sale in South Korea in December and is scheduled to appear in the U.S. by the middle of the year. Hyundai’s new Genesis coupe, meanwhile, will go on sale in South Korea this September and is expected to reach North American shores early next year.

Hyundai Genesis sedan