Genesis followed the recent convention of displaying the concept in hybrid guise. It’s powered by a 245-horsepower hybrid system centered around a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine. Power goes to the (presumably rear) wheels by way of an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The New York Concept shows off what is obviously prototype design. The Genesis corporate grille dominates the front end. Aerodynamic ducts stretch vertically from the headlights to what will likely become fog lamp surrounds. While this touch may seem exotic, it’s something we’ve seen even on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, and we expect to see it when the concept transitions to production.
All Genesis models are built on bespoke rear-drive platform and when the Korean luxury brand green-lights the high-performance hero car, it will almost certainly be a rear-drive coupe powered by V6 or V8 engines.
Hyundai’s new luxury brand Genesis rolled out a handsome sedan concept yesterday at the 2016 New York Auto Show. The concept previews technology and design themes for future Genesis models, specifically a BMW 3-Series-rivaling model to be called the G70.
Like with many concept cars, the press release is full of highbrow talk about an “athletic stance” and a “performance-oriented nature.” All I know is whether I like the look of a car — and this one looks great. The design is familiar in a good way, but it’s hard to place exactly why.