Today, Hyundai released the first details on the all-wheel-drive system, which it is calling HTRAC. As you may have guessed, the “H” in HTRAC represents the Hyundai brand while “TRAC” is a shortened form of the word “traction”.
Hyundai says the system electronically controls torque split between the front and rear wheels depending on road and driving conditions. Unlike a mechanical setup, with set torque split, HTRAC will allow drivers to select driving modes that can tailor the level of torque sent to either axles.
The new Genesis will be the first Hyundai to adopt the system, with more vehicles to follow. Those vehicles equipped with the HTRAC system will feature a small badge located on the trunk lid.
Hyundai HTRAC all-wheel-drive systemEnlarge Photo
The new Genesis will be revealed in Korea later this year before an official world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January. The car will hit showrooms shortly after, as a 2015 model.