In 2012, Hyundai upgraded the Genesis sedan lineup with the 5.0-liter V-8-powered Genesis R-Spec. All models, including the 4.6-liter V-8 and the 3.8-liter V-6, received Hyundai’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. Finally, the 3.8-liter Genesis sedans got a boost in output to 333 horsepower, up from 286 hp in earlier models.

For 2013, the changes to the powertrain aren’t nearly as dramatic, but Hyundai is cleaning house to simplify the product line. All Genesis sedans except the R-Spec will now come powered by the company’s 3.8-liter V-6, as the 4.6-liter V-8 is dropped from the lineup. The base 5.0-liter V-8 Genesis sedan is also discontinued.

That makes good sense to us, and we suspected the 4.6-liter V-8 (which produced 385 horsepower) was living on borrowed time when the 5.0-liter variant was introduced. The 3.8-liter V-6 makes enough power to satisfy most buyers, and those with a need for more grunt can certainly step up into the R-Spec.

Other changes for the 2013 model year include an optional eight-inch touchscreen Driver Information System display with an improved interface and new “hot keys” for common menu actions. An updated navigation system offers lane guidance, junction views and actual road sign images for additional clarity.

Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics system is now standard across the 2013 Genesis sedan model range, and buyers get one year of service included at no charge. An available Blue Link Guidance package integrates the system with on-board navigation to deliver features like voice-activated point of interest search, live traffic updates and real time weather.